1969 Nerus Silhouette Formula F100 Sports Prototype  Chassis no. 003
Lot 399
1969 Nerus Silhouette Formula F100 Sports Prototype
Chassis no. 003
£ 40,000 - 60,000
US$ 52,000 - 78,000

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1969 Nerus Silhouette Formula F100 Sports Prototype  Chassis no. 003 1969 Nerus Silhouette Formula F100 Sports Prototype  Chassis no. 003 1969 Nerus Silhouette Formula F100 Sports Prototype  Chassis no. 003
1969 Nerus Silhouette Formula F100 Sports Prototype
Chassis no. 003

Footnotes

  • ‘The only driver who stood a chance against [champion Ray] Allen was Nick Cole in the Cedric Selzer-designed Silhouette which, with its Nerus backing, had the right engine (1,293 BMC) from the start, while the others tried to make the Escort GT unit work under the inhibiting regulations. No other Silhouettes ever appeared, which was a pity as it was certainly the prettiest of all the cars, some of which looked big enough for CanAm racing.’ – Autosport F100 season review, 1970.
    A short-lived attempt to do for sports car racing what Formula Ford had done for single-seaters, Formula F100 was announced in the UK in 1969 but lasted for only a couple of seasons. F100 was conceived along similar lines to Formula Ford, lightly modified production engines and road tyres being mandatory, and was intended to replace the sometimes ill-supported sports-racing and GT events at club meetings. Formula Ford had proven itself an ideal training ground for the senior single-seater formulae, and it was anticipated that Formula F100 would fulfil the same role for endurance, Can-Am and the European 2-Litre sports car series.
    A maximum capacity limit of 1,300cc was stipulated, yet despite giving away 300cc to Formula Ford single-seaters, lap times were only a little adrift, thanks mainly to the F100s’ superior aerodynamics. Within a short time of the regulations being finalised, established manufacturers such as Lotus, Merlyn, Beattie and Royale had announced suitable cars, together with a newcomer, Nerus, whose Silhouette F100 would turn out to be one of the series’ most successful designs. Essex-based Nerus Engineering specialised in the manufacture of racing car components, and when Formula F100 was announced, the company decided to develop its own car. Design was entrusted to South African Cedric Selzer, Jim Clark’s race engineer in 1963/64, who came up with a conventional spaceframe chassis clad with aluminium panels. Only two Silhouettes were made, with an additional car being built up from spare parts.
    The example offered here is believed to be that displayed at the 1970 Racing Car Show. It is the first car built at the factory and was raced by Nick Cole, achieving the remarkable statistics of always finishing in first or second place in ten of the eleven rounds in 1970. The car is currently powered by a 1,600cc Ford cross-flow engine and has a Hewland MkVI gearbox. It comes with documented history, including all racing results, previous owner correspondence, and FIA and HSCC papers.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that the correct ownership history of this most attractive competition car has now been established with a 1996-dated HSCC Vehicle Identity Form now included in the accompanying documentation file. Having been produced by Nerus Engineering of Hastings in 1969 it was, by 1971 , in the ownership of Smith & Grace Ltd of Wembley. In 1972 it sold to Koji Ono who campaigned it in the Japanese International 2000cc Group 6 Series. In 1979 it returned to the UK, to Jonathan Bradburn of Birmingham. Michael Green of Halesowen campaigned the car from 1985, fitting a Cosworth-Ford BDA engine to attack the RAC British Sprint Championship in 1986-87. The car then passed to Chris Smith of Rugeley in 1990 before returning to Jonathan Bradburn in 1992. Three years later it was with J.A. Hill of Wolverhampton, from whom it was sold into Continental European ownership, and subsequentlyto the present vendor.
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