The ex-Michael Andretti/Kraco Enterprises
1987 March-Cosworth 87C Single-Seater Racing Indycar
Chassis no. 87C-06
This Indianapolis racing March-Cosworth Type 87C was air-freighted as-new to Kraco Enterprises' racing headquarters in Compton, California, on January 14, 1987. It was to be driven by Michael Andretti son of America's illustrious multiple Champion Driver Mario Andretti, in 15 races during that coming year's PPG Indy CarWorld Series.
We understand that in this car the fine American race driver Michael Andretti took two pole positions and qualified in the fastest five no fewer than 13 times on his way to second place in the 1987 PPG Indy Car World Series championship. He won four qualifying-round races, at Milwaukee, Michigan, Nazareth, and Miami.
While most of the Indy cars that appear for public sale have 'also-ran' histories or have been non-running cars, this machine was very much home to one of America's leading racing drivers and can be refurbished to running condition.
The car is powered by a fresh Cosworth DFX 2.6-liter turbocharged V8-cylinder engine which was fitted before the car was acquired by the present vendor.
The March 87C was a very popular acquisition for 1987 PPG Championship contenders and the British factory at Bicester in Oxfordshire manufactured around 50 of these cars. The original list price in 1987 was $150,000 "plus bits".
The 1987 PPG Championship series commenced at Long Beach, California, on April 5 that year, and ran through 14 other qualifying rounds; at Phoenix, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Portland, Meadowlands, Cleveland, Toronto, Michigan, Pocono, Elkhart Lake, Mid-Ohio, Nazareth, Laguna Seca and Miami.
While Mario Andretti won the opening round at Long Beach, his son Michael won in this car we are advised in the Miller American '200' at Milwaukee, the Marlboro '500' at Michigan International Speedway, the Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix at Nazareth the Andretti family's home town and finally in the Nissan Indy Challenge race at Miami.
Father Mario also won the Road America '200' at Elkhart Lake, but with victories at Portland, Meadowlands and Laguna Seca plus good showings in other rounds highlighted by no fewer than five second places and two thirds, Bobby Rahal driving Trusesports' Lola-Cosworth) took that year's Championship title by a narrow margin from Michael in this Kraco-liveried March. Michael Andretti's overall record in the car that year included those four race wins, plus one second place, two fourth places and two fifths.
The March Engineering company had been founded in 1969 by ex-F2 owner-driver Max Mosley (later President of the governing body of world motor sport, the FIA), ex-Roy Winkelmann Racing Team manager Alan Rees, production engineer Graham Coaker and former McLaren chief designer Robin Herd. 'March' was an anagram of their personal initials.
After producing an initial Formula 3 prototype car late in 1969 March burst into Formula 1 in 1970 with cars for the Tyrrell team's star World Champion driver Jackie Stewart, their own works team and also the STP Formula 1 operation for Mario Andretti. They came close to real World Championship success through the 1970s, but enjoyed legendary domination in the subsidiary Formula 2 and 3 classes. March also diversified into sports and endurance racing, and ultimately into the Indycar field.
In 1981 March produced a prototype Indy car drawn heavily from the F1 World title-winning Williams FW07 design. This March 81C was heavily developed by Indy specialist George Bignotti and from 1983-1987 March chassis won the Indy '500' five years in succession, the March 86C design actually winning twice in succession 1986-87. Winning March drivers in the Indianapolis '500' were Tom Sneva (1983), Rick Mears ('84), Danny Sullivan ('85), Bobby Rahal('86) and Al Unser ('87).
Here we offer the race-winning car of one of America's Indy racing greats, one which embodies all the heritage of that great British marque which so dominated the speedway racing world during the mid-1980s and above all one which is today in complete condition. Offered on a Bill of Sale.
- Please note the correct chassis number for this vehicle should read 87C6