c. 1981 CART Racing Car
Chassis no. 195
There was a time in America when, unlike today, open-wheel racing was hugely popular, and the Indianapolis 500 was truly "the greatest spectacle in racing".
This car, a former CART (Championship Auto Racing Teams) racing car, harkens back to that era.
Bonhams has been unable to conclusively verify the history of this chassis, but at the time of cataloging our research suggests that this may be a 1981 March 81C once campaigned by the Whittington Brothers in events including the Indianapolis 500. More research is required to verify this provenance.
What we do know is that the car is fitted with a Cosworth V8 Turbo engine of the era, and we have uncovered a period CART sticker assigning this car serial number 195.
This exciting find represents a golden era in American racing, and once provenance has been firmly established, it will provide an interesting entry into a number of high-profile vintage racing events.
- This Lot has been added to the sale.
Further research has confirmed this car to be a March 81C chassis. It carries March Chassis no. 81C-6 and its history is further clarified by the following IndyCar designations found on the chassis:
USAC Registered, Serial no. 0494
CART no. 195
This is an important March, a multiple-time Indy 500 starter entered by the Whittington Brothers. We feel honored to offer this important piece of American open-wheel racing history.