The ex-Sir John Samuel, Mike Pendlebury, John Corfield,1964 Diva GT D-Type  Chassis no. D/38 Engine no. 109E-6015
Lot 248
The ex-Sir John Samuel, Mike Pendlebury, John Corfield, 1964 Diva GT D-Type
Chassis no. D/38 Engine no. 109E-6015
Sold for €63,250 (US$ 67,690) inc. premium

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The ex-Sir John Samuel, Mike Pendlebury, John Corfield,1964 Diva GT D-Type  Chassis no. D/38 Engine no. 109E-6015 The ex-Sir John Samuel, Mike Pendlebury, John Corfield,1964 Diva GT D-Type  Chassis no. D/38 Engine no. 109E-6015 The ex-Sir John Samuel, Mike Pendlebury, John Corfield,1964 Diva GT D-Type  Chassis no. D/38 Engine no. 109E-6015 The ex-Sir John Samuel, Mike Pendlebury, John Corfield,1964 Diva GT D-Type  Chassis no. D/38 Engine no. 109E-6015
The ex-Sir John Samuel, Mike Pendlebury, John Corfield
1964 Diva GT D-Type
Chassis no. D/38
Engine no. 109E-6015
First registered for the road on 12th April 1965, chassis number 'D/38' is one of the 65 highly successful Diva GTs made between 1962 and 1966. It was the works demonstrator and was used for homologation purposes by the RAC (FIA Recognition No. 228, Group 4). The car was first raced at Goodwood in May 1965 by Sir Jon Samuel, who continued to campaign it into 1967, sometimes sharing the driving with Mike Franey. In 1972 the car was acquired by Scott Stallwood Racing and two years later was reacquired by Diva Cars founder, Don Sim. It later passed into the ownership of Lotus 23B racer Mike Pendlebury, who raced it at Brands Hatch and Donington Park in 1980. (The car's racing history in the 1970s/1980 is still being researched).
Sold to John Corfield to replace his earlier Diva that was destroyed in an accident, 'D/38' was raced extensively by Corfield in the 1980s. In 1983 he won the HSCC Championship with the Diva, had two outright wins at Oulton Park and Snetterton in 1984, and tied on points for the 1986 title. In its April 1987 edition, Motor Sport reported that 'John Corfield's Diva holds more HSCC circuit records than any other driver/car combination.'
The car was then acquired by Ivo Goeckmann (in the 1990s) and completely restored between 1999 and 2002. In 2001 the 1,144cc Cosworth engine was rebuilt by Urban Fassler of Sauber at Hinwil, Switzerland and is said to develop 122.7bhp at 8,660rpm. Goeckmann raced the Diva at the Nürburgring Oldtimer GP in 2002 and at Trofeo Ascari, Imola that same year. Its last race with Goeckmann was at Monza in 2003.
The current owner acquired the Diva in November 2008. During 2009 a number of improvements were made including widening the pedal box, strengthening the differential mounts, mounting front/rear tow hooks and other minor items including remounting door hinges, etc. Since then the car has been taken to Le Luc circuit for a day's testing and checking without any problems. We are advised that the battery is kept fully charged and the engine turned over regularly. Eligible for many historic events including the Goodwood Revival's Fordwater Trophy, the car is offered with its original UK logbooks for the registration mark 'LVW 196C'.

Immatriculée pour la première fois le 12 avril 1965, le châssis n° D/38 est une des 65 très réussies Diva GT fabriquées entre 1962 et 1966. Celle-ci, la voiture de démonstration de l’usine, fut utilisée pour l’homologation par le RAC (Identification FIA n° 228, Groupe 4). La voiture fut engagée en course à Goodwood pour la première fois en mai 1965 par Sir John Samuel qui courut encore à son volant jusqu’en 1967, la partageant parfois avec Mike Franey. En 1972, la voiture fut achetée par Scott Stallwood Racing et, deux ans plus tard, fut rachetée par le fondateur de Diva cars, Don Sim. Elle passa ensuite aux mains du polite de Lotus 23B Mike Pendlebury qui courut à Brands Hatch et Donington Park en 1980. L’histoire ultérieure de la voiture en compétition fait toujours l’objet de recherches.
Vendue à John Corfield pour remplacer sa Diva antérieure détruite dans un accident, ‘D/38’ fut souvent engagée par Corfield dans les années 1980. En 1983, il remporta le Championnat HSCC avec la Diva, signa deux victoires absolues à Oulton Park et Snetterton en 1984 et finit ex æquo aux points pour le titre 1986. Dans son numéro d’avril 1987, Motor Sport rapporta que ‘la Diva de John Corfield détient plus de records HSCC sur circuit que tout autre combinaison pilote/voiture.’
La voiture fut ensuite acquise par Ivo Goeckmann (dans les années 1990) et totalement restaurée entre 1999 et 2002. En 2001, le moteur Cosworth 1,144 cm3 fut reconstruit par Urban Fassler de Sauber à Hinwil, en Suisse et il est donné pour 122,7 cv à 8,660 tr/min. Goeckmann engagea la Diva au Nürburgring Oldtimer Grand Prix en 2002 et au Trofeo Ascari à Imola la même année. Sa dernière course avec Goeckmann eut lieu à Monza en 2003.
L’actuel propriétaire acheta la Diva en novembre 2008. En 2009, quelques améliorations furent introduites dont l’élargissement du boîtier du pédalier, le renforcement des attaches du différentiel, le montage de crochets de remorquage avant et arrière et autres détails dont le remontage des charnières de porte. La voiture a été conduite ensuite au circuit du Luc pour essais et contrôles sans présenter de problèmes. Nous savons que la batterie est entretenue et le moteur démarré régulièrement. Éligible pour beaucoup d’épreuves historiques dont le Fordwater Trophy du Goodwood Revival, la voiture est offerte avec son logbook d’origine au numéro d’immatriculation ‘LVW 196C’.
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