The Ex-'Jimmy' Mieusset,1974 March-Cosworth Ford BDG Type 742 Formula 2 Racing Single-Seater  Chassis no. 742-13

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The Ex-'Jimmy' Mieusset, 1974 March-Cosworth Ford BDG Type 742 Formula 2 Racing Single-Seater
Chassis no. 742-13

Sold for £ 34,500 (US$ 41,705) inc. premium
The Ex-'Jimmy' Mieusset
1974 March-Cosworth Ford BDG Type 742 Formula 2 Racing Single-Seater
Chassis no. 742-13

Footnotes

  • This Historic 2-litre Formula 2 racing single-seat March is offered here in virtually ready-to-run condition after having been recently restored by a former McLaren team Formula 1 racing mechanic. The 16-valve twin-cam Cosworth-Ford BDG racing engine is described by the vendor as being in “virtually new condition, not yet run in” after having been rebuilt by specialist Phil Price. The transmission had been completely overhauled by Mark Bailey, and the car overall is described as being to “full works factory specification”.

    The March 742 was, of course, the British marque’s 1974 season Formula 2 model. That year saw the March-BMW cars utterly dominate the International competition category. The Brian Hart-prepared contemporary was considered the equal of the BMW, but few owners were prepared to risk it, and the German engine became standard March motive power by the end of that season. The number of qualifying rounds in the European Formula 2 Championship itself was reduced from 17 to ten – the appearance of graded drivers became a rarity – while costs rose as a BMW engine rebuild cost a minimum £1,000 each time. The works March Formula 2 cars were driven by Patrick Depailler with sponsorship from ELF petroleum, and by Hans-Joachim Stuck – son of the pre-war Champion Hans Stuck – with Jägermeister support.

    The 1974 cars were updated versions of the 1973 March 732 design, quickly developed to wear full-width nose sections and have hip-mounted radiators in line with the latest Type 741 Formula 1 design. That year’s European Formula 2 Championship saw these March 742s win in Barcelona, Hockenheim and Enna – all Hans Stuck – Pau, Mugello, Hockenheim and Vallelunga – Patrick Depailler – while Jacques Laffite’s private car won at Salzburgring and Ronnie Peterson in a guest works F2 appearance won at Karlskoga in his native Sweden.

    The Japanese Formula 2 Championship title fell to Masahiro Hasemi driving a March 742-BMW while this particular car’s history began that year when it was sold new to the French Maublanc Racing Services organisation based in Rillieux for driver Robert ‘Jimmy’ Mieusset to compete in the European Mountain Championship. This extremely demanding against-the-clock competition was run on some of the most challenging mountain-climb venues in Continental Europe, and he completed the series as undisputed European Champion.

    He entered only one International Formula 2 road race during that season – the Pau Grand Prix – from which he retired. This particular car as offered here is understood to be his 1974 European Mountain Champion contender, which has been restored wearing the livery of Patrick Depailler’s sister 1974 European Formula 2 Champion mount. The car’s provenance is recorded upon the accompanying FIA Historic Vehicle Identity Form as having involved Maublanc Racing 1974, 1975-1980 Salomon, France, national hill-climbs and circuit racing; 1980-87 Goutarel, France; 1987-93 a Belgian owner for hill-climbing; 1993-97 Pierette, Belgium; 1997-98 Bonjean, Belgium; 1998-99 Simon Hadfield, UK; 1999 Tony Hansford UK and from 1999 the present vendor.

    The March 742 is one of the most successful single-seater racing car designs of all time. This is a fine example of the model, described by the vendor as being virtually ready-to-run.
The Ex-'Jimmy' Mieusset,1974 March-Cosworth Ford BDG Type 742 Formula 2 Racing Single-Seater  Chassis no. 742-13
The Ex-'Jimmy' Mieusset,1974 March-Cosworth Ford BDG Type 742 Formula 2 Racing Single-Seater  Chassis no. 742-13
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