We are delighted to offer for sale this genuine and immaculate 1970 Chevron B16 chassis DBE15.Only 23 Chevron B16s were built and today they are universally praised by their drivers for handling, performance, and – most elusive of all – an exceptionally graceful design. Indeed, the Chevron B16 is among the most svelte and sleek automobiles ever produced, right up there with the Lola T70 and Ferrari 330 P3/4. Sports Car Market.Unlike the greater majority of Britains racing car industry, which is located between London and the south midlands, Chevron hailed from Bolton in Lancashire. The company was founded by Manchester-born Derek Bennett, a talented engineer and successful racing driver in the Clubmans category. His first car was the 1,172cc Ford-powered Bennett Special, which was followed by a one-off Formula Junior. The latter failed to match the success of Bennetts Clubmans car, for which there was sufficient demand for him to set up as a constructor in the mid-1960s. Nowadays Chevron is best remembered for its highly successful small-capacity sports and GT cars and its Formula 2, Formula 3 and Formula 500 single-seaters. A Formula 1 car was on the stocks at the time of Bennetts tragic death in a hang-gliding accident in 1978, and although it was later completed, the company never progressed any further in motor racings premier category.Chevrons highly successful family of Gran Turismo cars commenced with the B3 of 1966. Powered, usually, by either BMW or Ford four-cylinder engines, these early cars established the fledgling company as a force to be reckoned with in international sports car racings 2-Litre class. Nearing the height of their success in 1969, Chevron introduced the incredible B16 at the Nrburgring 500km. The B16 would prove to be Chevrons best creation yet; not only having breath-taking good looks but it also had the performance to match.Featuring a design that was much more flowing and aerodynalically efficient than its predecessor, the B8, the B16 looks beautiful in the flesh. The fiberglass body was originally designed and conceived by Bennett and later refined by Jim Clark of Specialised Mouldings. Works driver Brian Redman won first time out in the B16, a mere 23 of which were manufactured during 1969/70.Our B16 with chassis number DBE15 has continuous and well documented history from new. The current owner acquired the car in 2015 and has since participated in Masters Sports Cars in Spa, Zolder, Imola, Donington and Nrburgring as well as FHR 100 Miles Trophy in Hockenheim and Nrburgring. Its last race was the Oldtimer Grand Prix in August of this year.This stunning B16 is in very tidy condition throughout and has been maintained without any expense spared. #DBE15 is 100% race-ready with everything current including a 2015 FIA HTP (valid until 2025). The BMW engine in the car has only seen 2.5 hours of running since its last rebuild in June 2018. This car needs nothing further to spend and comes with the following spares: a 2nd complete BMW engine, a silenced exhaust, 3 front and 3 rear wheels, a new nose and tail section (both lightweight) and miscellaneous running spares.This is a rare opportunity to acquire a genuine, no-stories Chevron B16 which is eligible for all 70ies sports car races such as Peter Auto’s CER1, Le Mans Classic and Masters World Sportscars.With only 23 examples produced, rarely does a correct, original and excellent B16 come up for sale!
Race HistoryChevron Italia / Scuderia Nord Ovest24/05/70: Salzburgring 300 Kms, Austria – E.Tondelli, Heat 1-Rtd, Heat 2-7th21/06/70: Corse al Santuario di Graglia, Italy – #346 – E.Tondelli – 2nd in class29/06/70: Salsomaggiore-Monte San Antonio, Italy – #434 – E.Tondelli – 3rd in class12/07/70: Corsa Cesana-Sestriere, Italy – #460 – E.Tondelli – 11th (5m39.800s)19/07/70: Mugello GP, Italy – #16 – E.Tondelli/T.Hezemans – 18th (gearbox)23/08/70: Trofeo Valle Camonica, Malegno-Borno – #458 – E.Tondelli – 2nd in class25/10/70: Coppa AC Torino, Monza – #512 – E.Tondelli – DNFFrank Aston14/03/71: Silverstone, NSCC Formula Libre – #144 – F.Aston – 5th20/03/71: Silverstone, Sports & GT – F.Aston – 2nd (10 laps)31/05/71: Kennick Trophy, Castle Combe – F.Aston – 6th12/06/71: Slhelsey Walsh, Hillclimb – F.Aston 20/06/71: RAF Goydon, Sprint – F.Aston 04/09/71: Nevast Trophy, Silverstone – F.Aston – 3rd18/09/71: Silverstone, Formula Libre – F.Aston 08/07/72: Caldwell Park, Sports & Modpsorts – F.Aston – pole positionOwnership History70: Eris Tondelli, Chevron Cars Italia, Italyofficial Italian importer for Chevron cars1970 – raced by Eris Tondelli and once by Toine Hezemans71: Frank Aston, UK1971 – raced, sprinted and hill-climbed by Aston1972 – raced once when B19 was unavailable78: Hans-Werner Schwab-Pepperhoff, Essen, Germany81: Jurgen Hasse, Hamburg, Germanyhistoric racer86: Gerard Burggraaf, Belgium26/09/94: Jan Brunstedt, Nordic Aero Ltd, Gatwick Airport, London, UKFIA Papers issued 16/02/95painted in Gulf livery17/12/98: Sylvain Stepack, Ecurie de Villeneuve lez Avignon, Franceraced in historics 1999painted in Gulf livery00: Anthony Stephen Thompson, Melton Mowbray, Leicester, UKhistoric racer22/03/01: Sylvain Stepack, Ecurie de Villeneuve lez Avignon, Francepainted in Gulf blue/orange liverywinner 2001 Deux Tours dHorloge, Paul Ricarddriven by Andruet, Stepack and Autajon01/08/01: Jon Minshaw, Demon Tweeks, Wrexham, Walespainted in Gulf blue/orange liveryraced in historics 2003 to 2005raced 2003 Le Mans LegendsMarch 06: offered for sale with Taylor & Crawley10: Simon Tate, UKpainted pale blue with white centre striperaced in historics 201005/11: Wolf Zweifler (Germany) & Tommaso Gelmini (Italy)raced in historics 2011-2015painted blue/yellow Tondelli livery16: Current ownerraced in historics 2016-2019 … For more information please visit www.rmd.be.
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