This stunning Maserati Birdcage recreation, chassis number 2473 and engine number 2487, was built by the world renowned English firm Crosthwaite and Gardiner.
They were given an original Tipo 61 Birdcage as building reference which allowed Crosthwaite and Gardiner to meticulously recreate #2473 down to its last nut and bolt over a twelve year (!) period. A newly-built chassis was created and as many original parts as possible utilized along with newly created parts to 100% original specification. Also for the engine, numbered 2487, many original Maserati components were used.
Accompanied by its FIA Historic Technical Passport issued by the Automobile Competition Committee of the United States (ACCUS) this Birdcage is simply stunning and to exacting factory specifications in all aspects.
The Specification of the engine is 2890cc four-cylinder, vertical in-line with 2 x Weber 45 DC03carburettors. The transmission is a correct five-speed manual mechanical with in-unit limited slip differential.
Birdcage #2473, which is located near Melbourne, Australia, is ready for road use and would be accepted for serious historic racing anywhere in the world. This is a unique opportunity to acquire an exact replica of the famous Tipo 61 “Birdcage” for a fraction of the price !
FIA Historical Technical Passport ; Built by specialist Crosthwaite and Gardiner to exact factory specifications ; Original engine; Two seater sportscar in sheet aluminium over a steel tubular frame.More...
We are delighted to offer this genuine and rare 1972 Porsche 911 2.5 litre S/T for sale on behalf of its current, long-time owner.
This gulf blue factory S/T (delivered w/ M491 option) is one of only 24 built with continuous history from new. Known as the ex-Bartels/Tebernum car with excellent in-period int'l race and hillclimb history which includes a 1973 Daytona 24hr 9th OA finish !
#0987 was restored in the early 90ies by renown specialist Mario Linke of Methusalem to stunning, concours condition and has been used sparingly up to the present day.
Original monococque chassis with all numbers present and original. Correct 911/73 type engine and matching gearbox.
This car is one of the best 911 2.5 S/T's existing, has continuous and undisputed history from new and is exceptionally well documented (original Wagenpass, Fahrzeugbrief, Porsche letters, etc.).
One of the rarest and "blue-chip" Porsche 911's of all time which will give its new owner plenty of enjoyment on the road, rally and/or race track !More...
We have the pleasure to offer for sale the ultimate McLaren CanAm “big banger” and ex-team VDS (Van der Straeten) McLaren M8F chassis 6-72.
This car was sold new in June ’72 to Count Rudi van der Straeten of Belgium, patron and owner of the VDS Racing Team. It was fitted with a monster 8.1 litre twin-turbo Chevy V8, and depending on where you set the boost dial, was capable of producing anything from 900bhp to a staggering 1300bhp. When asked what is was like to drive, VDS team driver Teddy Pilette, who would race the car during the year in the Interserie, remarked “it was terrific, that is to say “TERRifyingly horrIFIC”…
The car’s ownership and racing history is continuous and well documented (see further below) while Trojan’s attestation calls M8F #6-72 the most original of all surviving M8F’s !
Nevertheless, this mighty McLaren is sold in race-ready condition and benefits from a fresh engine, new wiring loom and all four corners rebuilt. Dampers have been serviced and re-valved while the gearbox has had a new selector housing and all new internals including CWP. All other serviceable items such as coolers, throttle cables etc. have been renewed including new seat belts and a new electronic 0-360 fire system.
The car comes with its original bodywork and turbo parts in addition to the following spares : spare body, 2 spare wheels sets / 2 transport wheel sets, Gearbox parts & gear-ratio’s, various brake parts (caliper seals, disks, etc.).
This ex-VDS M8F is located in Australia and – being eligible for all CanAm races and events around the world, it is ready to provide its new owner with what must be the ultimate driving experience !More...
“Old Number 1”, the Iron Man of the Le Mans 24 Hours race
• The single car that has taken more 24 Hours of Le Mans starts than any other in history
• Entered 9 Le Mans 24 Hours races between 1978 and 1988
• Six Le Mans finishes with 2 podiums (third overall in 1980 and 1981) and 2 class wins at the Le Mans 24 Hours race
• Competed in 19 races over 10 seasons, including Monza, Spa, Brands Hatch and Hockenheim
When a 1972 rules change banned the Porsche 917, French manufacturer Matra won three Le Mans 24 Hours in a row, withdrawing after 1974. The 1975 race saw Cosworthpowered Gulf-Mirages and Lolas mix it up with Porsche Carreras. Then, two French entrepreneurs surfaced in 1976.
Jean Rondeau, who had raced at Le Mans in 1972, ‘73 and ’75, and Peugeot designer Gerard Welter both planned to use the Peugeot/Renault/Volvo 2.7-litre V-6. This would have meant strong French support but Rondeau was convinced that the English Cosworth V-8 held more promise. He designed a steel space frame with aluminium box sections around the engine. His aerodynamic GTP cars weighed just 1,796 pounds, generating 415 horsepower at 9,000 rpm.
The English engine eliminated local sponsorship, but Rondeau’s solution was ingenious: he named the car after his sponsor, coloured paper maker Inaltera. French TV stations would not mention the name, which must have handicapped announcers. Two cars were built in Rondeau’s backyard for the 1976 Le Mans 24 Hours. The turbocharged Porsche 936 put the overall win out of reach, but Jean-Pierre Beltoise and Henri Pescarolo won the GTP class and finished 8th overall, whilst Rondeau and Jean-Pierre Jaussaud finished 21st and 3rd in GTP. In 1977, the Inalteras did even better, with Rondeau and Jean Ragnotti finishing 1st in GTP and 4th overall, and the other cars finishing 11th and 13th overall.
No longer sponsored by Inaltera, Rondeau returned to the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1978 as a constructor, with chassis no. 001. Rondeau went on to win the GTP class for the third time, placing 9th overall with Bernard Darniche and Jack Haran in M378/001, “Old Number 1”. It would be the first of 10 appearances in 10 years at Le Mans for this car, and no other has matched its record since the first edition of the Le Mans 24 Hours race in 1923.
In 1979, Rondeau updated chassis no.001 to M379 specifications upon which the car finished 10th overall at Le Mans driven by J.P. Beltoise and Henri Pescarolo at the Le Mans 24 Hours that year. Rondeau finally won the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1980 (driving chassis 003, sister car to chassis 001) with Jean-Pierre Jaussaud, and the Energy Efficiency Prize. Chassis no. 001 was right behind, crossing the line in 3rd, driven by Belgian brothers Philippe and Jean-Michel Martin and Gordon Spice, and also winning the GTP class. No other driver than Jean Rondeau has won Le Mans in a car of his own design and construction !
Sponsorship follows success, and Rondeau entered five cars in 1981’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. Driven by Gordon Spice and François Migault, chassis no. 001 finished another impressive 3rd overall and 2nd in GTP.
1982 was a tough year for the Rondeau team, who had won the World Sportscar Manufacturer’s championship until the FIA allowed Porsche to claim credit for a privateer’s victory, stripping Rondeau of their title.
The world was changing and Porsche 956s dominated Group C. In 1983, chassis no. 001 was driven by Vic Elford in his last race before retirement but suffered engine failure; five other Rondeaus were entered in the race that year. The only Rondeau to be classified ultimately finished 19th. Following this disappointment, Rondeau was forced to close up shop. Sadly, he was killed in a tragic car accident in 1985.
One might think this is the end of the story for M378/001, but Jean-Phillippe Grand bought chassis no. 001 in 1983 and entered it in 1984’s Le Mans. There, he finished 11th overall and 2nd in Group C2. He also ran the car at the Monza 1000 Kms in Italy, though retiring, and the Spa 1000 Kms in Belgium, where he was 10th and 2nd in C2.
In 1985, Noel de Bello entered chassis no. 001 at Le Mans, yet again, but mechanical problems ended his race in the 7th hour. Noel de Bello went on to race the car at Hockenheim, Brands Hatch and Spa that year, and returned to Le Mans in 1986, finishing 17th and 5th in C2, where the front runners were Porsche 962s.
The last owner to have campaigned chassis no. 001 was Pierre-Alain Lombardi, who won a Swiss Championship race at Monza in 1987. He then entered the 1988 Le Mans 24 Hours, where the car finished but was not classified. Following the 1988 Le Mans race, “Old Number 1” was sold to an American collector who also ran the car at the Monterey Historics in 1998.
“Old Number 1” has had an extensive racing career at the world’s most famous and gruelling race. This is the single car that has taken more Le Mans 24 Hours starts than any other car in history, with some excellent finishes. Since the gruelling 24-hour race started in 1923, there has never been a car that has had as much success as this Rondeau, chassis no. M378/001. With 9 Le Mans 24 Hours entries, 7 finishes and 2 podiums, it is truly an impressive car with arguably one of the best Le Mans 24 Hours histories to date.
With it comes the fascinating history of Jean Rondeau, a Le Mans native and the only driver to win the famed 24 hour race in a car of his own making. Since its last race at the Monterey Historics in 1998, chassis no. 001 has undergone a thorough restoration. All suspension arms and the chassis have been crack tested and x-rayed, the engine rebuilt, and the car has been correctly restored in its 1980 Le Mans 3rd overall and GTP-winning red/white “Belga” livery. Two large history files accompany the car, detailing the extensive restoration and race preparation work that has been carried out. Over Euro 200,000 was spent for the work carried out on the car.
The next logical step for this historically important car was a return to the historic racing scene and the famed Le Mans 24 hour Classic where it will be a welcome entry and a beloved hero to the legions of loyal fans at Circuit de la Sarthe. So Old Number 1 went back to Lemans Classic 2014 where it ran without any fault. It has continued its historic racing career at Jarama in 2016 upon which M378/001 was again entered for LeMans Classic 2016 where it ran at the front, finished 4th overall in a very competitive field also setting fastest speed of 307.8 km ! It is clear that the car was designed with the LeMans track in mind as can be seen from the Youtube film below.
M378/001 is sold in race-ready condition with current FIA HTP and a good spares package.
This historically important and distinctive car is a great addition to any serious race car collection while it is also able and willing to continue to give its new owner many more years of enjoyment !More...
We are pleased to offer this rare, early Lola T70 Mk1 chassis SL70/6 for sale on behalf of its current, long-term owner.
To many, the Mk1 - being the first iteration of the famous Lola T70 line - is still the purest in design. With only 15 T70 Mk1's made and all of them being accounted for, these cars are sought after and front running in the pre-66 historic racing scene.
The history of SL70/6 is listed below in the history section. Key item is that its history is continuous from new, its chassis plate genuine and SL70/6 has no "stories" whatsoever.
The car is offered for sale in its current, excellent condition and as last raced in 2011. As the car has not run for a few years, it will need going through, crack testing and installation of a new fuel cell , fire extinguisher and belts. The engine is a strong 5.7 litre Tim Adams SMB Chevy with only about 10 hours running and the Hewland LG-500 gearbox is in excellent condition. SL70/6 also benefits from an accusump anti-oil surge system and comes with a set of spare wheels.
A new, 2016 FIA HTP has been applied for and will come with the car.
This ex-Mecom Lola T70 Mk1 is eligible for all pre-66 sportscar racing including Masters, CER, the Goodwood Members Meeting as well as the Goodwood Revival.More...
We are pleased to offer this magnificent 1967 Lola T70 Mk3, chassis SL73/109, for sale.
SL73/109 was delivered new as a Mk3 spider to John Mecom, the US Lola importer, on the 21st March 1967 and then passed to Carl Haas, who was in the process of taking over as the US Lola agent.
Delivered in plain white and fitted with a Bartz Chevrolet V8, it was sold to Moises Solana of Mexico. Entered by the Aztec Racing Team, Moises raced the car in the ’67 USRRC and also in Mexican track, road racing and hillclimb events over the next two years before letting his brother, Hermann take over the car when Moises switched to a new McLaren M6B. In 1969 SL73/109 was sold to Spurlock Taylor of Panama, Central America who raced the car for some time and won the Panamanian GP in 1970. It was later donated to the Indianapolis Museum where it resided for some years before being sold on. SL73/109 was then owned by Jeff Stevens in the mid-70s who did some minor club events with the car thereby crumpling its nose.
Chuck Haines bought the car from Jeff complete and with a Bartz Chevrolet V8, repaired the nose, and quickly sold it on to Fernando Stirling of Mexico who in turn sold the car to Roly Nix in England for historic racing. Unfortunately, the car was badly damaged when it fell off its trailer on the way to an event. The damaged car was rebuilt on a new tub with Mk3 coupe bodywork (blue with a central white stripe), then did a couple of races and was put up for sale.
In 1993 it was sold to Richard Dodkins (UK), who did several years of European historic racing with the car until selling it to its current Portuguese owner in 1999, now already more than 15 years ago. The current owner has spared no expense to maintain the car at a very high standard and has campaigned it successfully for many years on the historic racing scene until a few years ago.
As can be seen from the above, SL73/109 has continuous, solid history from new and benefits from a 2013 FIA HTP.
The car is in very good and race-ready condition carrying a 5 litre SMB Chevy Lucas injected engine with only 3 race hours under its belt. The LG-600 5-speed gearbox has been completely overhauled. Seat belts and fire system are current, crack testing per Appendix K is done and the fuel cell is new. Spares consist of a spare radiator, oil coolers, rear suspension arms, drive shaft CV joints and spare wheels.
This impressive, long-term ownership Lola T70 Mk3 is eligible for all historic race events around the world including LeMans Classic and is priced-to-sell.More...