1982 CHEVRON B16

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Lot 359
1982 CHEVRON B16

£ 150,000 - 180,000
US$ 190,000 - 230,000
Amended
1982 CHEVRON B16

Footnotes

  • This Chevron B16 was built by Chevron in 1982 from original components and to original specification, and we are advised that in recent years it has had a total nuts and bolts rebuild to that early specification.

    The car was raced extensively in Europe through the 1980s before being sold to the United States where it achieved success in American ‘Vintage’ racing. It was brought back into UK ownership some six years ago by the previous owner to the current vendor. In its present ownership this B16 has been raced in both the relevant Masters series and suitable Vintage Sports Car Club events. It has consistently proved itself to be “fastest B16” and it has become a notable giant-killer, frequently humbling very much larger and more powerful Lola T70s, for example. The car is offered here in fine condition and is in raceable order although we would obviously advise a detailed and expert spanner check before any serious circuit work is contemplated.

    Most attractively, we are advised that this Chevron B16 is being offered here with a brand new Geoff Richardson-prepared Ford-based FVC power unit.

    The Chevron B16 design began life as a 2-litre Coupe intended to contest International endurance racing. Its British designer/constructor, Derek Bennett, has aptly been described as “an ordinary man with an extraordinary talent”. He had set out repairing road cars in a lock-up garage in the back streets of Salford, and progressed from there to prove himself one of the world’s leading racing car constructors.

    The success story of his Chevron marque became closely entwined with that of Derek Bennett’s many customers worldwide, buying and racing their Chevron cars most notably in 2-litre sports car competition but also in single-seater Formula 5000, Formula 2 and Formula 3 form. No fewer than six former Chevron drivers went on to achieve World Champion status. Chevron shone for 13 years under Derek Bennett’s direction until his tragic death following a hang-gliding accident in 1978 but the sheer engineering quality and racing competitiveness of the cars he created has guaranteed their widespread popularity throughout the Historic racing world today.

    In 1969 he had introduced the exquisitely beautiful Chevron B16 Coupe for FIA International Group 5 racing, and the model was then subsequently cut down into open-cockpit Spyder form to contest the emergent European 2-litre Championship Group 6 series. Engines as diverse as the 1790cc Cosworth-Ford FVC – which is the unit fitted to this particular example - 1598cc Cosworth-Ford FVA, and 2-litre BMW and Mazda engines were utilised in these cars, and the B16’s first outright victory was a suitably major one, in the 1969 Nürburgring 500 Kilometres classic, driven by Brian Redman. In 1970 Redman won in the B16 Spyder, this time at Spa-Francorchamps in the European Championship’s Belgian qualifying round. For 1971 the further developed Chevron B19 superseded the B16 models, 35 of these cars being produced, and for 1972 the latest variant B21 attracted 28 orders.

    This particular 2-litre series Chevron is a 1982-built version and it offers a new owner the alluring prospect of some great historic sports car racing for many years to come.

Saleroom notices

  • The vendor informs us that this vehicle has had a complete re-build by Foxcraft Engineering.
1982 CHEVRON B16
1982 CHEVRON B16
1982 CHEVRON B16
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