1953 Martin 500cc Historic Formula 3 Racing Car

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Lot 81
1953 Martin 500cc Historic Formula 3 Racing Car

Sold for £ 20,250 (US$ 26,371) inc. premium
1953 Martin 500cc Historic Formula 3 Racing Car
Odometer Reading: N/A
MoT Expiry: Exempt

*Very good bodywork
*Photo album records car's disassembly
*Has early 1990s scrutineering tickets


The Martin was built between 1953/54 and 1956, company founder Ray Martin having previously worked for Alvis and De Haviland as well as Kieft. His cars used swing-axle rear suspension and mainly fitted with Norton engines, and one car, driven by C.D.Headland, notched up some victories. MPH's 1953 model has very good/excellent alloy bodywork: it and the chassis were checked, re-shaped and re-fitted by one Reg Hargreaves, who found the car in Scotland. The engine, a short-stroke Triumph unit, breathes through Amal carburetors and drives through a four-speed Norton transmission. Keeping everything rolling, our vendor says hubs were built by Terry Windle and the wheels spoked and built by Special Automobile Services. While there is scant early history it is known the first owner was a Mr Watson, after which the trail goes cold until it was found by Reg Hargreaves.

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Footnotes

  • Vendor Score Total: 80/100

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    Key for sellers' assessments:
    1/5 POOR. A project vehicle | Requires urgent attention | Damaged | Parts missing
    2/5 AVERAGE. Useable condition | Requires some attention | Light damage
    3/5 GOOD. Drive away | Presents well | Good history file | Drives well
    4/5 VERY GOOD. Well restored | Running and driving with no noticeable faults | Sound throughout
    5/5 EXCELLENT. Concours condition | Beautifully presented | Driving very well

    EXTERIOR TOTAL: 20/25
    Body Work: 4
    Chrome/Plastics/Trim: 4
    Glass: 4
    Paint: 4
    Wheels/Tyres: 4

    INTERIOR TOTAL: 12/20
    Dashboard/Door cards/Carpets: 3
    Headlining: 3
    Seats: 3
    Trim: 3

    ENGINE TOTAL: 20/20
    Mechanical components: 5
    Running: 5
    Starting: 5
    Under Bonnet: 5

    RUNNING GEAR TOTAL: 16/20
    Axles: 4
    Brakes: 4
    Gearbox/Clutch: 4
    Suspension: 4

    ELECTRICAL TOTAL: 10/10
    Ancillary components: 5
    Main components: 5

    Car History File: 2

Saleroom notices

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1953 Martin 500cc Historic Formula 3 Racing Car
1953 Martin 500cc Historic Formula 3 Racing Car
1953 Martin 500cc Historic Formula 3 Racing Car
1953 Martin 500cc Historic Formula 3 Racing Car
1953 Martin 500cc Historic Formula 3 Racing Car
1953 Martin 500cc Historic Formula 3 Racing Car
1953 Martin 500cc Historic Formula 3 Racing Car
1953 Martin 500cc Historic Formula 3 Racing Car
1953 Martin 500cc Historic Formula 3 Racing Car
1953 Martin 500cc Historic Formula 3 Racing Car
1953 Martin 500cc Historic Formula 3 Racing Car
1953 Martin 500cc Historic Formula 3 Racing Car
1953 Martin 500cc Historic Formula 3 Racing Car
1953 Martin 500cc Historic Formula 3 Racing Car
1953 Martin 500cc Historic Formula 3 Racing Car
1953 Martin 500cc Historic Formula 3 Racing Car
1953 Martin 500cc Historic Formula 3 Racing Car
1953 Martin 500cc Historic Formula 3 Racing Car
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