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Iconic Brabham Racing Car Leads Historic Racing Car & Motorcycle Auction


Brabham BT16 Climax, est. AU$ 280,000-320,000

Brabham BT16 Climax, est. AU$ 280,000-320,000

1938 BWA Historic Racing Car, est. AU$ 95,000-115,000

1938 BWA Historic Racing Car, est. AU$ 95,000-115,000

1968 Chevrolet Camaro SS 350, est. AU$ 69,000-79,000

1968 Chevrolet Camaro SS 350, est. AU$ 69,000-79,000

1969 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster, est. AU$ 60,000-70,000

1969 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster, est. AU$ 60,000-70,000

 

Victoria, Australia, July 2019

Donington Auctions presents The Historic Racing Car & Motorcycle Auction featuring iconic Brabham, Honda, Jaguar, Lotus, Kawasaki and Chevrolet racing cars and motorcycles. Bidding for this spectacular online auction opens on 21 July through to 28 July; with viewing between 22-27 July, 10am-4pm

Leading the auction is a Brabham BT16 Climax (Lot 39, estimate: $280,000-320,000). Originally sold to John Coombes Racing and raced in Formula Two by Graham Hill on his quest to became Formula One World Champion, the car was also campaigned by Frank Gardiner in the Tasman Series where he finished equal second in the 1967 championship with Jack Brabham and Jackie Stewart, as well as coming home in third place at the 1967 Australian Grand Prix.

Another highlight is the very Australian ‘BWA Special’ (Lot 33, estimate: $95,000-115,000). Although often assumed the BWA stood for ‘B....y work of art’, it was in fact an acronym of the three friends who constructed it in 1938; Gib Barrett, John White and Alan Ashton. With Gib Barrett at the wheel it recorded the fastest race time at Bathurst in 1946, later took the class record at the historic Rob Roy hill climb and raced at the 1953 Australian Grand Prix.

Other major highlights include a 1968 Chevrolet Camaro SS 350 (Lot 31, estimate: $69,000-79,000) and a 1971 Datsun 240Z (Lot 32, estimate: $29,000-36,000) offered on behalf of the estate of the late Daryl Duff. Affectionately known as the ‘fastest butcher in Brighton’, Duff was a former president of the Victorian Historic Racing Register and a popular racing competitor up until he was almost 75 years of age. He built his Camaro into a race car from an original condition SS 350 and it retains all of its original body complete with exterior trim.

The auction also includes a 1964 Jaguar 3.8 MKII Group N Historic Touring Car (Lot 35, estimate: $50,000-60,000), meticulously built by Graeme Lord in 2003 and in continual development ever since and a 1936 MG NA Magnette Sports 'MG Works Team Cream Cracker Livery’ (Lot 34, estimate: $72,000-78,000).

For those who prefer historic production sports cars, there is a genuine 7 Litre 427 cubic inch 1969 Chevrolet Corvette roadster (Lot 37, estimate: $60,000-70,000). This competitive Group Sb car is offered with a CAMS Historic Logbook.

On the two-wheel front, the racing theme continues with two striking racing motorcycles including a 1962 Honda CB72 350cc and a 1972 Kawasaki S2 350cc.

The auction also includes of a selection of racing memorabilia with books, programmes and original racing posters from the 1960s and ‘70s alongside a rare Harley-Davidson trophy race cup from 1927.