The ex-Ross Cheever,1987 March 87B F3000 Monoposto  Chassis no. 87B-16
Lot 205
1987 March 87B F3000 Monoposto
Chassis no. 87B-16
Sold for £ 13,225 (US$ 17,338) inc. premium

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The ex-Ross Cheever
1987 March 87B F3000 Monoposto
Chassis no. 87B-16
*Formula 3000 Championship-winning design
*Raced in the Japanese Formula 3000 Championship
*Wooden mock-up Ford Cosworth DFV engine
*Complete with transmission and electrics

Footnotes

  • The founders of March Engineering were nothing if not ambitious. Less than a year after building a one-off Formula 3 prototype in a shed, March secured its first Formula 1 World Championship Grand Prix victory when Jackie Stewart drove its debut F1 design to victory in Spain in 1970. There would be further victories in Formula 1 but the coveted Drivers' Championship would forever remain out of reach. Although only moderately successful in F1, March enjoyed considerably greater success in other categories including Formula 3, Formula 2, Formula 3000, Indycar, and IMSA GTP sports prototype racing.

    When Formula 3000 was launched by the FIA for 1985, replacing Formula 2 as the 'feeder' class immediately below F1, March offered the Type 85B. Designed by Ralph Bellamy, the latter was based on March's preceding F2 design, the Type 842, being constructed on a virtually identical aluminium/carbon fibre monocoque. Suspension was entirely conventional, consisting of double wishbones and pushrods at the front, with a lower wishbone and top rocker arrangement at the rear. Most cars were fitted with the 3.0-litre Cosworth DFV V8 engine, which had been rendered obsolete in Formula 1 by the arrival of the Turbo era. Possessing excellent balance, the March 85B was the car to beat in F3000's inaugural season, Christian Danner winning the Championship at the wheel of a privately entered example. By the season's end, March 85Bs had won seven of the 12 races.

    Boasting extensively revised aerodynamics but retaining essentially the same tub and mechanicals, the successor 86B proved good enough to bring March its second F3000 title courtesy of the Italian driver Ivan Capelli. For 1987 March fielded an entirely new car: the 87B, designed by Andy Brown, which featured a new monocoque and a March gearbox fitted with Hewland internals. Entered by the works-supported Onyx team, Italian newcomer Stefano Modena won three rounds and was crowned champion at the season's end, bagging March its third successive Formula 3000 championship.

    This particular car was raced in the Japanese Formula 3000 Championship in 1987 by the Dome team. The March was driven by the American, Ross Cheever (younger brother of Formula 1 driver, Eddie Cheever) who achieved two points-scoring finishes that season and ended up 17th in the championship. The car was raced in period fitted with a Cosworth DFV engine, but currently has a wooden DFV mock-up installed. The transmission and electrics remain in place, and the car is described by the vendor as complete and in generally good condition.
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