The Property of a Gentleman and Racing Enthusiast,1968 Nerus Silhouette  Chassis no. N/A Engine no. WM258

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Lot 18
The Property of a Gentleman and Racing Enthusiast
1968 Nerus Silhouette
Registration no. N/A Chassis no. N/A Engine no. WM258

£ 35,000 - 45,000
US$ 48,000 - 62,000
The Property of a Gentleman and Racing Enthusiast
1968 Nerus Silhouette
Registration no. N/A
Chassis no. N/A
Engine no. WM258
Odometer reading: N/N
MOT expiry date: N/A

* Rare and highly competitive racer
* Lotus Twin Cam engine and Hewland gearbox
* A great entry car for historic sports car racing


Designed by Cedric Selzer, Jim Clark's race engineer in 1963/64, who came up with a conventional spaceframe chassis clad with aluminium panels, the Nerus Silhouette was intended to run in the Formula F100 series. This was 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.

Believed to be one of five cars created, the example offered here is powered by a 2-litre Lotus-Ford twin cam motor, mated to a Hewland Mark 8 gearbox. Running twin 48mm Dellorto carburettors and dry sump lubrication with fully adjustable suspension, the car is running and driving but following some years of inactivity will need careful recommissioning and the safety equipment updating. Raced by David Beckett, it ran in the Spa Six Hours in 2001, 1990 FIA papers and a rolling road report from that year are also available. A fabulous opportunity to break into historic racing in a truly special car.

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Footnotes

  • Vendor Score Total: 47/100

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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: 11/25
    Body Work: 3
    Chrome/Plastics/Trim: 2
    Glass: 2
    Paint: 2
    Wheels/Tyres: 2

    INTERIOR TOTAL: 7/20
    Dashboard/Door cards/Carpets: 3
    Headlining: 1
    Seats: 2
    Trim: 1

    ENGINE TOTAL: 10/20
    Mechanical components: 2
    Running: 3
    Starting: 3
    Under Bonnet: 2

    RUNNING GEAR TOTAL: 12/20
    Axles: 3
    Brakes: 3
    Gearbox/Clutch: 3
    Suspension: 3

    ELECTRICAL TOTAL: 4/10
    Ancillary components: 2
    Main components: 2

    Car History File: 3
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The Property of a Gentleman and Racing Enthusiast,1968 Nerus Silhouette  Chassis no. N/A Engine no. WM258
The Property of a Gentleman and Racing Enthusiast,1968 Nerus Silhouette  Chassis no. N/A Engine no. WM258
The Property of a Gentleman and Racing Enthusiast,1968 Nerus Silhouette  Chassis no. N/A Engine no. WM258
The Property of a Gentleman and Racing Enthusiast,1968 Nerus Silhouette  Chassis no. N/A Engine no. WM258
The Property of a Gentleman and Racing Enthusiast,1968 Nerus Silhouette  Chassis no. N/A Engine no. WM258
The Property of a Gentleman and Racing Enthusiast,1968 Nerus Silhouette  Chassis no. N/A Engine no. WM258
The Property of a Gentleman and Racing Enthusiast,1968 Nerus Silhouette  Chassis no. N/A Engine no. WM258
The Property of a Gentleman and Racing Enthusiast,1968 Nerus Silhouette  Chassis no. N/A Engine no. WM258
The Property of a Gentleman and Racing Enthusiast,1968 Nerus Silhouette  Chassis no. N/A Engine no. WM258
The Property of a Gentleman and Racing Enthusiast,1968 Nerus Silhouette  Chassis no. N/A Engine no. WM258
The Property of a Gentleman and Racing Enthusiast,1968 Nerus Silhouette  Chassis no. N/A Engine no. WM258
The Property of a Gentleman and Racing Enthusiast,1968 Nerus Silhouette  Chassis no. N/A Engine no. WM258
The Property of a Gentleman and Racing Enthusiast,1968 Nerus Silhouette  Chassis no. N/A Engine no. WM258
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