1992 March Ilmor CG911B-03SOLD

COYS Nürburgring Auction - Saturday 11th August 2007

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Estimate: €48,000-55,000

Sold: €58,925

March Engineering began operations in 1969. Its four founders were Max Mosley, Alan Rees, Graham Coaker and Robin Herd. They each had a specific area of expertise: Mosley looked after the commercial side, Herd was the designer, Rees managed the racing team and Coaker oversaw production at the factory. The history of March is dominated by the conflict between the need for constant development and testing to remain at the peak of competitiveness in Formula One, and the need to build simple, reliable cars for customers to make a profit.

The company first built a Formula Three car in 1969, and then went into F1 in 1970, supplying its Ford Cosworth DFV-powered 701 chassis to Tyrrell for Jackie Stewart. In addition, the factory ran two team cars for Jo Siffert and Chris Amon sponsored by STP. A third car, entered by Andy Granatelli for Mario Andretti, appeared on several occasions. Ronnie Peterson appeared in a semi-works car for Colin Crabbe when his Formula Two commitments allowed; various other 701s went to privateers. The team constructed ten chassis that year, in addition to F2, F3, Formula Ford and Can-Am chassis. Stewart gave the March chassis its first F1 victory in the 1970 Spanish Grand Prix and Amon won a non-championship race, but the works team did not win a Grand Prix.

After five years off the Grand Prix scene, during which March continued to enjoy much success in Indycar racing in America, the Bicester, Oxfordshire concern returned in 1987 with the Cosworth powered, carbon fibre monocoque 871. The Adrian Newey designed, Judd powered 881 which followed was a much better car and much copied, and with it March finished fifth in the World Constructors Championship. In 1989, however, the company sold its F1 and F3000 projects to Leyton House and the following season the team's Grand Prix entry appeared as the Leyton House-March CG901 with Judd V10 power.

This evolved into the CG911 for 1991 and this time propulsion came from Ilmor's new 3,493cc, 2175A V10 engine, producing 700bhp, mated to a Hewland transaxle; driver Ivan Capelli's best result that season would be sixth place in the Hungarian GP. The next year the March had evolved into the CG911B, the same as the previous season's machine but with some detail updates and the Leyton House name dropped from the team title. The highest results achieved in 1992 were a fourth position in the Canadian GP for Karl Wendinger and a ninth place for Paul Belmondo in Hungary, with the end of season points tally placing March sixth in the World Constructors Championship table.

Finished in the distinctive Leyton House livery of turquoise blue, chassis CG911B-03 has for some years been part of a private collection in Belgium. Minus its Ilmor engine, it is described by the vendor as otherwise being in excellent condition. This is an opportunity to acquire a Grand Prix March at a very realistic price which is eligible for a variety of historic racing events.

Reference Number 11787

as of 7/28/2007

Car 1992 March Ilmor CG911B-03
VIN CG911B-03