The ex-Richie Ginther,1962-63 BRM P578 Formula 1 Racing Single-Seater  Chassis no. 5783 Engine no. 5615

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Lot 241
The ex-Richie Ginther, 1962-63 BRM P578 Formula 1 Racing Single-Seater
Chassis no. 5783 Engine no. 5615

€ 380,000 - 450,000
US$ 420,000 - 500,000
Amended
The ex-Richie Ginther
1962-63 BRM P578 Formula 1 Racing Single-Seater
Chassis no. 5783
Engine no. 5615
Siffert had both the ex-Graham Hill 1963 car ‘5785’ and this Ginther car stripped of their Italian red livery and repainted green. Swiss collector Walter Grell subsequently acquired this car from Siffert’s collection, and with a BRM V8 engine refitted it spent many years in Grell’s small private collection and later on display in the Geneva motor museum – lettered to infer that it had been used by Graham Hill during his 1962 World Championship-winning campaign.

After Grell’s death in the 1990s, this BRM was acquired by the present vendor and restored for his use by specialists Sid Hoole and Phil Stainton. It was equipped with stack-pipe exhausts which in fact this particular chassis had never used, having made its debut with the first new low-level exhaust engine in Monaco practice 1962. Regardless, the beautifully rebuilt car – complete with chassis plate ‘5783’ but sprayed a non-BRM green to owner’s preference – performed well at the Goodwood Revival meeting forty years later in 2002… There, in a ’tween-race demonstration commemorating Graham Hill’s debut Formula 1 outright win in the 1962 Glover Trophy at Goodwood, it was driven by his World Champion son – Damon…

This is materially one of the most highly original – and therefore one of the most rare and potentially most valuable – of all purebred works team Formula 1 cars to survive from the 1961-1965 era of exquisitely-made Grand Prix cars, machines as beautifully crafted and as intricate as a Swiss watch. BRM ‘5783’is immensely useable in present-day Historic Formula 1 competition – its genuine stature and originality render it immensely attractive to such race, demonstration and exhibition promoters – and it is one of the most important such cars that Bonhams Europe has ever had the privilege to offer.

Cette magnifique voiture de Grand Prix, datant de l'époque de la Formule 1,5 l, n'est pas seulement très originale. Elle est aussi proposée ici entièrement restaurée pour la course par Macdonald Race Engineering pour son propriétaire actuel.

C'est une des plus originales, donc des plus rares et potentiellement celles qui ont le plus de valeur, de toutes les voitures de Formule 1 des années 1961-65, époque où l'on fabriquait de voitures de Grand Prix aussi belles et aussi élaborées que des montres suisses. La BRM "5783" est tout à fait utilisable aujourd'hui pour des courses historiques de Formule 1: son authenticité et son originalité font d'elle la voiture idéale pour de telles courses ou expositions. De plus, c'est une des voitures les plus importantes que Bonhams Europe ait jamais eu le privilège de proposer.

Saleroom notices

  • The original body panels and other sundry parts are displayed in front of the car.
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