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1971 Brabham BT36

Posted by WindingRoad about 7 months, 1 week ago


--British Racing Green with Yellow racing stripe and #5 decal, Hewland 5-Speed Gearbox, Ford Cosworth FVA inline 4-cylinder, all components have Zero hours.

Australian racing champion, Jack Brabham, began his Formula 1 racing career in 1955 and went on to win three championships which, in 1966, was in a car he personally built and the only person in history to achieve this. Brabham's last racing win came in another one of his own cars in the 1970 season in South Africa. At the close of the 1970 season, Brabham retired from racing. At the end of the 1971 racing season, the Brabham team was sold to Bernie Ecclestone, who infamously took control of all global rights to Formula One years later. In honor of his achievements and racing career, Jack Brabham was later knighted in the UK.

The Brabham BT36 (Brabham-Touranac) was a development of the BT35 chassis and built using space-frame construction. It had an outboard suspension and inboard brakes. The glass-reinforced plastic (GRP) body was innovative, aerodynamic, and very lightweight. In total, 9 original examples of the BT36 were built to Formula 2 specification, plus a one-off BT36x, powered by a Repco V8 engine and used in Hill climb competitions.

This BT36 belonged to a well-known veteran of the historic F1/F2 circuit, having campaigned in a number of notable series across the US for the last few decades. With his extensive knowledge of winning ways, he decided to have the prominent racing team, WDK Motorsports based in the UK, build one of the most competitive F2 cars produced. This BT36 was built five years ago using an original spare chassis and the car was constructed with exacting standards throughout. A more competitive Ford Cosworth FVA engine was installed, built by the renowned engine builder, Geoff Richardson, at a cost of around $60,000. It was fitted and mated to a freshly built Hewland 5-speed gearbox using precision lightweight parts, at a cost of $20,000. This special BT36 was built from the ground up to a total sum of $190,000.

Currently eligible for a number of notable racing series, such as the Monoposto Race Series and the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) events in the USA. It is also eligible for the Historic Sports Car Club (HSCC), Masters Racing Series, and the Peter Auto Series throughout Europe (with FIA/HTP papers). This BT36 only requires pre-race preparation before lining up on the starting grid. It would make a superb car to both, campaign in competitive racing series throughout the US and Europe, as well as a fun weekend track day car for those who do not want to compete.

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