1960 Mitter-DKW Formula Junior Single Seater  Chassis no. 0013

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Lot 656
1960 Mitter-DKW Formula Junior Single Seater
Chassis no. 0013

Sold for £ 18,400 (US$ 23,331) inc. premium
1960 Mitter-DKW Formula Junior Single Seater
Chassis no. 0013
This Mitter-DKW Formula Junior is one of a handful of its type originally built by Gerhard Mitter, who later drove in Formula l and Formula 2. Mitter’s DKW-engined car was one of the first Formula Juniors and early on beat the dominant Stanguellini in its first season. Following this success Mitter decided to build a series of ten cars of
improved design, though it is believed that only six were laid down. Mitter himself was a DKW tuning expert, but his cars were off the pace when the first Ford-engined Formula Juniors appeared.
It is believed that only three Mitters survive, one in the USA and the other in pieces in Europe. This particular car was purchased by the famous South African driver, Sarel van der Merwe (father of Le Mans winner Alan) in I960. It proved uncompetitive in South Africa and was abandoned in 1961, never having won a race. The ‘quick bits’ were removed and put into an Auto Union saloon that raced in the Kyalami 9 Hours. The Mitter was sold to an Indian family and disappeared from view. It was unearthed in 1999 by enthusiast Peter du Toit, who rebuilt it totally, and raced regularly in historic events.
The car was purchased by the current owner in 2002 and has continued to race in historic events with some success in handicap series. Restored in 2003, it has a rebuilt 1,000cc motor breathing through triple Amal carburettors. The suspension and gearbox are to the original DKW design, while the tyres are new Dunlop ‘historic’. The car is ‘on the button’ and the incredible two-stroke exhaust noise ensures that it attracts serious attention wherever it goes. Although currently uncompetitive in ‘flat out’ Formula Junior races, it is unique and has the potential to go faster and handle better. Due to the novelty of its three-cylinder two-stoke engine, not to mention front-wheel drive, the Mitter has no difficulty in garnering invites to prestigious Formula Junior events worldwide. It was accepted for the 2004 Monaco event and this year raced at the historic races at Porto and Brands Hatch. Offered with FIA papers.

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1960 Mitter-DKW Formula Junior Single Seater  Chassis no. 0013
1960 Mitter-DKW Formula Junior Single Seater  Chassis no. 0013
1960 Mitter-DKW Formula Junior Single Seater  Chassis no. 0013
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