1989 Reynard 893 Formula 3SOLD

AutoSport 2007 Auction, The NEC - Birmingham UK, Saturday 13th January 2007

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Estimate: ú12,000-15,000

Sold: ú9,000

Born in Hertfordshire, Adrian Reynard built his first racing car while he was studying mechanical engineering at Oxford Polytechnic. He graduated in 1972 and went to work as a development engineer for British Leyland. The following year he formed the ill fated Sabre Automotive with former March production boss Bill Stone.

His success however came with the designing and building of Formula Ford cars in 1974. This was followed in 1975 with the Hawke F3. In 1977 after Stone retired to New Zealand, Reynard joined Sabre full-time and renamed the company in his name, building 23 cars for Formula Ford 2000 in 1978. In 1979 David Leslie drove one to success in the British FF2000 Championship and Reynard himself won the EFDA European title. By the time Reynard stopped building Formula Ford cars in 1989 it had sold 661 chassis.

Reynard began to think about entering Formula 3 as early as 1983 and in the course of the 1984 season he designed what would become the Reynard 853, the first carbon fibre composite F3 chassis.

The car was refined for 1986 and Andy Wallace won the British F3 title. Orders flowed in and in the years that followed Reynard won all the major F3 titles. When F3 production ended in 1993 the company had built 360 cars in total.

Supplied to Willi Weber's German WTS team for the 1989 season, this car was also used in British F3 and in ARP F3 from 1992 to 1996. Weber's fame for discovering and nurturing the young Micheal Schummaker is well known, and it is believed that the World Champ may well have cut his teeth in this very car as he drove for WTS in a Reynard 893 during this time.

Having been retired from F3 the car remains in extremely good order, fitted with the correct type of VW 2000cc engine finished in its period WTS livery.

Reference Number 5552

as of 12/23/2006

Overview
Car 1989 Reynard 893 Formula 3
VIN 893 / 059