A rare car which sports an excellent reputation…
The Venturi 400 Trophy is a very rare French car. Only 73 of them were built, between 1992 and 1994.
With over 400 horsepower under the bonnet and a chassis designed by the engineer who also designed and developed the chassis of the Courages of Le Mans 24 Hours fame, the Venturi 400 Trophy has a fine pedigree.
As proof, the Venturi Trophy races which the car was built for found great favour with the Gentlemen Drivers.
The Venturi 400 Trophy’s fine balance, excellent road-holding properties and the power delivered by its 3-litre PRV turbo-compressor engine have always impressed those who drove it. The car quickly acquired an excellent reputation. Today, its intrinsic qualities still endear it to the lucky drivers who get a chance to drive it on a race-circuit.
… and an interest which is still on the increase
A new development has further increased interest in this car: the introduction of a new series of races and demonstrations, such as the 90’s GT Legends at the Silverstone Classic, SPA CLASSIC, Grand Prix de l’Age d’or at Dijon, GT Classic in France and the new Masters Endurance Legends.
These events open up exciting new prospects for lucky 1990s GT racing car owners, who can henceforth enter their cars for truly first-rate events. Given its rarity value and its easy maintenance and driving virtues, the 400 Trophy is a model which more and more discerning collectors are seeking to acquire….
The Ascott Collection’s 400 Trophy N°62
The Ascott Collection’s Venturi 400 Trophy car is the 62nd 400 Trophy built by the firm. It was thus one of the last series of 400 Trophy cars to be built in 1993.
This 400 Trophy has been especially well-preserved throughout its life, meaning that we can today present the car in a fine state of mechanical and body repair which is particularly rare for a 400 Trophy…
It took part in the Venturi Challenge with James Sheehan at the wheel. The photo strip above includes a photo of the N°62 with the American flag painted on its roof for its participation in the Trophy. The cars entered for the Venturi Trophy raced with production tyres (slicks being prohibited), a fact which significantly limited the mechanical strain on N°62’s chassis and axle units.
The car was next acquired by a French collector who kept it in his private collection up to 2010. During his ownership, the car only took part in a few track day events (Sport and Collection etc…).
It then changed hands twice more, the second time being its acquisition by The Ascott Collection in 2013, who sold it to the current owner in february 2015. The current owner entered the car in several races on the french GT Classic serie.
The car is race ready for the 2017 season.
Today, Venturi 400 Trophy cars are in great demand and it is extremely rare to find one in such a good state as regards both presentation and running qualities.