c.1971 Jomoro Child's Racing Car Chassis no. 16/60

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c.1971 Jomoro Child's Racing Car
Chassis no. 16/60

Sold for € 10,625 (US$ 11,870) inc. premium
c.1971 Jomoro Child's Racing Car
Chassis no. 16/60
•Length 8' 3"; width 4' 6"; height 2' 9"; weight 180lbs
•Super 95 petrol; oil 15W/40
•148cc; 3.5bhp @ 3,600rpm; 60-65km/h
•Suitable for ages 5-14
•Restored in 1998

The charming child's racing car offered here was produced by Jomoro, a company formed in 1970 by three former employees of Alan Mann Racing: Jim Rose, Jim Morgan and Rod Manester. As one would expect from craftsmen used to working to motor racing's demanding standards, the Jomoro was impeccably designed and built using the latest race-car technology. It was decided that the product would be two-thirds the size of a contemporary Formula 1 car, and bespoke moulds and parts were designed and engineered at Jomoro's factory in Alton, Hampshire. The Jomoro featured a mild steel, seam-welded monocoque chassis, fully independent Rose-jointed suspension, bespoke coil-spring dampers, removable glass-fibre body panels, front crash bar, roll over hoop, and an adjustable pedal box to suit ages from 5-14 years old. Power was provided by a 148cc single-cylinder Aspera engine driving via automatic transmission and producing 3.5bhp, making the Jomoro capable of around 60-65km/h.

Launched in 1971, the Jomoro was sometimes referred to as the 'Mighty Microbe'; an estimated 60 were planned, all individually numbered. They were expensive and aimed at the children of the very wealthy, though their arrival in the middle of a worldwide oil crisis was unfortunate timing. Adding to the company's difficulties, a fire at the factory destroyed much of the tooling and moulds, leading to its closure. Only a handful of these cars are left, and probably none in this one's condition.

Jomoros have graced the garages of many famous American motor sports champions: Al Unser, Mario Andretti and Parnelli Jones were all owners, on behalf of their respective sons, and Al Unser Jr's car has been displayed at the Unser Racing Museum in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

This particular Jomoro was sold new in the UK and in 1995 was imported into Austria where it was owned by a Mr Schitzl, a collector of Formula 1 cars. While in Mr Schitzl's collection the Jomoro was completely restored by his company for the Jochen Rindt exhibition in Styria, Austria in 1998. Since then the car has been used only for shows and exhibitions. Earlier this year the engine and other mechanical elements were fully serviced, with parts renewed where necessary. We are advised that the car is now in generally excellent condition. A specially made wooden shipping box is included in the sale.

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  • This is a large item and we would suggest specialist shipping. Cet objet étant de grande dimension, nous vous conseillons de faire appel à un transporteur spécialisé.
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c.1971 Jomoro Child's Racing Car Chassis no. 16/60
c.1971 Jomoro Child's Racing Car Chassis no. 16/60
c.1971 Jomoro Child's Racing Car Chassis no. 16/60
c.1971 Jomoro Child's Racing Car Chassis no. 16/60
c.1971 Jomoro Child's Racing Car Chassis no. 16/60
c.1971 Jomoro Child's Racing Car Chassis no. 16/60
c.1971 Jomoro Child's Racing Car Chassis no. 16/60
c.1971 Jomoro Child's Racing Car Chassis no. 16/60
c.1971 Jomoro Child's Racing Car Chassis no. 16/60
c.1971 Jomoro Child's Racing Car Chassis no. 16/60
c.1971 Jomoro Child's Racing Car Chassis no. 16/60
c.1971 Jomoro Child's Racing Car Chassis no. 16/60
c.1971 Jomoro Child's Racing Car Chassis no. 16/60
c.1971 Jomoro Child's Racing Car Chassis no. 16/60
c.1971 Jomoro Child's Racing Car Chassis no. 16/60
c.1971 Jomoro Child's Racing Car Chassis no. 16/60
c.1971 Jomoro Child's Racing Car Chassis no. 16/60
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