The Ex-Mike Pilbeam, Tony Gould,1959-61 Pilbeam Dingo 1172 Formula Racer  Chassis no. 1

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Lot 240
The Ex-Mike Pilbeam, Tony Gould, 1959-61 Pilbeam Dingo 1172 Formula Racer
Chassis no. 1

€ 32,000 - 36,000
US$ 35,000 - 40,000
The Ex-Mike Pilbeam, Tony Gould
1959-61 Pilbeam Dingo 1172 Formula Racer
Chassis no. 1

Footnotes

  • For the first time, we believe, in our company history we recommend the internet site of a specialist racing car manufacturing company in a Lot description, for this fascinating example of the budding British racing car designer’s craft is mentioned on the Pilbeam Racing Designs website which can be accessed at www.pilbeamracing.co.uk.

    Mike Pilbeam himself is a lifelong motor sports enthusiast who began work with the BRM Formula 1 team in the early 1960s as a graduate mathematician.

    Mike Pilbeam launched Pilbeam Racing Designs in 1975, and his company quickly established itself as the premier manufacturer of single-seater hill-climb and sports-racing cars. No fewer than 17 British Hill-climb Championship titles over 21 years fell to the tailor-made Pilbeam designs, while the marque and company have also advanced into Formula 3, Formula Renault, ALMS, Le Mans, Group A, WRC and Formula 2 Rally car development and preparation, GT and Super Touring cars, even Paris-Dakar ‘Raid’ projects. Pilbeam customers include General Motors, Ford, Honda, Peugeot and Hyundai.

    Mike Pilbeam had in fact designed and built his first racing car for the British club racing 1172 Formula in 1959, and we understand that this 1172 ‘Dingo’ was raced by Tony Gould in 1961. The chassis frame is a very advanced multi-tubular spaceframe design, featuring unibal-jointed suspension. A Formula Junior-type steel-crankshaft Holbay-Ford 1100cc engine is installed, breathing through twin Weber 40DCOE twin-choke carburettors and producing a claimed 115bhp at 9,000rpm. This power unit drives via a Ford ‘Bullet’ gearbox. Suspension is similar to that of the renowned Lola Mark 1, and ‘Minifin’ drum brakes are mounted inboard at the rear, Girling AR caliper discs outboard at the front. The lightweight body panels are Dzus-fastened to the frame and this Pilbeam Dingo rides on Minilite magnesium wheels shod with Dunlop Racing tyres.

    This pioneering little Pilbeam passed from its creator to Tony Gould for 1961, was with G. Miller in 1970, Paul Greenhalgh 1984, then Lionel Aglave 1988 before being acquired by its present vendor in September that same year.

    It is the progenitor of what is well established today as yet another historic British motor racing marque - is offered here complete with FIA period E, class SR10 up-to-1100cc, documentation. In Historic competition this remarkably potent projectile has regularly humbled 2-litre Maseratis and Ferraris and has come close to embarrassing D-Type Jaguars too!

    Cette petite Pilbeam, pionnière d'une formule nouvelle, passa des mains de son créateur à celles de Tony Gould en 1961, puis de G. Miller en 1970, Paul Greenhalgh en 1984 et Lionel Aglave en 1988 avant d'être acquise par le vendeur actuel au mois de septembre la même année.

    Il s'agit du type précurseur de ce qui est aujourd'hui reconnu comme une autre marque historique de voitures de sport britannique. Cette voiture est présentée à la vente complétée de ses papiers FIA période E catégorie SR10 jusqu'à 1 100 cm3. Dans les épreuves historiques, ce projectile d'une efficacité extraordinaire a souvent humilié les Maserati et Ferrari deux litres non sans donner par ailleurs du fil à retordre aux Jaguar « D » !

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