To be sold by Silverstone Auctions at 'Race Retro' on Saturday 23rd February 2019 at Stoneleigh Park, near Coventry (CV8 2LZ). For more information please contact classic car specialist Mark Hickman 00 44 (0)7525 005070
Chassis Number: BT35-47
Engine Number: frame AM72-7
Number of cylinders: 4
Year of Manufacture: 1972
Estimate (£): 38,000 - 45,000
(+buyer's premium of 15% including VAT @ 20%)
BT35-47 was supplied new in 1972 to Team Jolly Club Milan for Italian domestic F3
Passed to the Bodini family who fitted a 2-litre Pinto and Chevron bodywork
Car returned to the UK. Pinto removed. Full ground up restoration. 1600 BDA fitted
Further rebuild and reverted back to correct 1600cc F3-spec in 2014 by John Waggitt
Chassis resto by Peter Denty. 2-race Beck 1600 restricted and 2-race PDS Mk9 Hewland
Race ready. Immaculate condition. Spare nose cone
The Ron Tauranac-masterminded series of Brabham racing cars built for customer sale between 1962 and 1972 is rightly renowned today for its magnificent record of competition success. Brabham cars, in period, were beautifully built and extremely robust, yet competitively light in weight and renowned for their driveability and outstanding handling qualities. Sir Jack Brabham himself retired from driving at the end of the 1970 season.
His long-time business partner and Brabham car designer Ron Tauranac continued their Motor Racing Developments Ltd company's production of customer racing cars into 1971 when the BT35 model, as offered here, was introduced. Three different variants were offered. The BT35A was tailored for American SCCA competition, featuring 4-cylinder Cosworth-Ford BDA engines, a Hewland FT200 gearbox and inboard rear brakes. The BT35B was the sister Formula Atlantic version with 4-cylinder Lotus-Ford twin-cam engine and outboard rear brakes, whilst the BT35C - the most prolific model, of which 27 are understood to have been produced - complied with International Formula 3 regulations and used a Hewland Mark 8 gearbox.
Offered here is BT35 Formula 3 chassis no. BT35-47/Frame No AM72-7 which was supplied new in 1972 to Team Jolly Club of Milan for the Italian domestic F3 series and was raced by various drivers, most commonly Christiano Balzar. It was later passed to the Bodini family who fitted a 2-litre Pinto and Chevron bodywork for the new Italian 'Super-Ford' series after the demise of 1600 F3. The car returned to the UK without bodywork, the Pinto was removed and it was fully restored. It ran for a while with a 1600cc BDA fitted for hillclimbing but was subsequently rebuilt again by John Waggitt in 2014 and reverted back to the correct 1600cc F3 specification The chassis was restored by Peter Denty and it's now fitted with a 2-race old, Beck 1600cc restricted F3 and 2-race PDS Mk 9 Hewland. The car is in absolutely immaculate condition and in this classic Blue and Yellow colour scheme will undoubtedly be one of the most attractive cars on the grid.
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