1968 Chevron B8 - FIA Papers, ex-Spa Francorchamps 1.000kmSOLD

COYS - Sports Racing and Grand Prix Cars - Brands Hatch - 27th May 2007

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Estimate: ú120,000-140,000

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Chevron cars had burst onto the GT racing scene in 1966 with a dream debut, the very first car produced by the talented Derek Bennett winning at Oulton Park in its maiden race. To racing driver John Lepp, observer at the Chevron's first track test at the same venue, this came as no surprise having already seen the GT put in a lap no less than six seconds under the GT record.

Bennett's first self-built car hand been a Midget-type model used for speedway racing in the mid-1950s. Like many other nascent constructors, he progressed to manufacturing specials for the 750 Motor Club formula and went on to build the B1, a 15,00cc Ford-powered Clubmans formula machine that won on its maiden race at Kirkistown, with Bennett at the wheel, in July 1965. This success led to requests from fellow drivers for replicas and Bennett duly set a factory in Bolton, Lancashire.

Using the B3, B4, B5 and B6 evolution models - the B7 had been its first Formula Three single seater - more often than not powered by BMW's two litre, overhead camshaft, four cylinder engine, Chevron went onto dominate national GT racing and enjoy much success in Europe. The B8, like its predecessors, used a space frame chassis with all independent wishbone/coil spring suspension, while its svelte and curvaceous fibreglass bodywork made it one of the prettiest GT/sports racers of its era. With its mid-mounted engine mated to a Hewland transaxle, it was duly homologated for the international Group 4 class, and it too proved highly successful: the car made its race debut at Cadwell Park on March 3rd 1968 and just over three weeks later, an example, driven by John Silverston, took an outright win in the GT race at Silverstone; John Lepp then went on to take overall honours in the 1969 RAC Sports Car Championship.

By the time production ceased in 1970, Chevron had only built 44 B8 models, 34 with the BMW 2.0 litre engine, five with the 1.6 litre Ford-Cosworth FVA unit and one each with 1.6 litre Ford Twin Cam, 1.8 litre Ford-Cosworth FVC, 2.0 litre and 2.7 litre Coventry-Climax, and 1.6 litre BMW engines. Whichever power unit was fitted, the B8 remained a superbly effective racing car and highly competitive in international racing, thanks to its combination of superb agility and outright speed. The situation is no different today in historic racing where Bolton's best is a regular podium finisher in sports and GT car events.

Chassis CH-DBE-24, built in 1968, with the first owner Alan Harvey and Andrew Mylius finishing second in the Prototype 2000 class and 22nd overall in the 1969 Spa-Francorchamps 1,000km round of the World Sportscar Championship; the same year the duo brought the car home in 22nd place in the International Trophy Race at Silverstone. Mylius then acquired the Chevron later the same season.

In 1995 it passed to Lester Owen and over the next three years the B8 was completely restored. Fitted with the BMW 2.0 litre engine, this highly desirable and versatile car has recently competed in the French Historic Endurance Series with some success, competing on circuits such as Magny-Cours, Dijon, Jarama and Charade. The car is supplied with a photographic inventory of numerous spare parts including front and rear bonnets, clutch, cam shafts, gaskets, brake callipers, discs and pads, prop shafts, exhaust manifold and other sundry parts. Finished in yellow and supplied with FIA papers this B8 is in good condition, ready to race in numerous historic events throughout Europe.

Reference Number 9479

as of 5/13/2007

Car 1968 Chevron B8 - FIA Papers, ex-Spa Francorchamps 1.000km