Autosport International Sale 2019

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1961 Emeryson Formula 1 Climax FPF (FIA)

Lot No.: 314

Registration: FIA No. 21877
Chassis Number: 1004
Engine Number: Not Specified
Number of cylinders: 4
CC: 1500
Year of Manufacture: 1961
Sold for (£): Unsold
  • The ex-Jack Fairman/Mike Spence 1962 works car. A piece of Grand Prix History 
  • Completely rebuilt with no expense spared(£90K). New FIA Historic Technical Passport/ Vehicle Identity
  • Chassis crack-tested and strengthened, new roll hoop, rebuilt suspension and brakes, fully rewired 
  • Fitted with a freshly rebuilt, Coventry-Climax FPF mated to a new Hewland Mk.6
  • Ran faultlessly at the 2018 Monaco Historic GP. Welcome at Goodwood, Monaco and all the best places
  • An attractive way into a very exclusive club in a car that will require no further investment of time or money

 

It's a glorious, late July afternoon in 1962 and the massed crowds in the stands at Aintree chatter excitedly in anticipation just prior to the start of the British Grand Prix. You are sitting in the new 'Works' Emeryson F1 (Chassis 1004) and in qualifying the car has gone well with the 1500cc Climax FPF running sweetly. The four-cylinder was never going to be a match for the V8 cars, however, Innes has qualified a remarkable third and a top ten finish might just be on. The man with the '5-Minute' board strides self-consciously back and forth across the front row with the board high above his head, and not for the first time in the last few minutes, you tighten your shoulder straps just a tad. The early afternoon sun glints off the first few rows of cars and you can clearly see Jim Clark's distinctive helmet in the Lotus 25 on pole with Surtees' Lola not far away in second. Innes Ireland makes up the front row in his four-cylinder Lotus 24, well aware that the fast-starting Bruce McClaren in his Cooper and Graham Hill in the powerful BRM P57 are only a few feet behind. At the 3-Minute board, Dan Gurney and Jo Bonnier start their Porsches almost in unison and Richie Ginther's BRM immediately follows suit. Just in front of you the wily Jack Brabham buttons his Lotus into life and gives a 'thumbs up' to Roy Salvadori in the Lola whilst Phil Hill's pretty 156 Ferrari seems reluctant to cooperate but eventually concedes with a calico-tearing rasp and a waft of fragrant Castrol 'R'.

Fast forward 57 years to Goodwood next September and it really could be 'You' sitting in 1004 on the Glover Trophy grid at next year's Revival, and, amazingly, surrounded by a number of other cars which shared the '62 season. The Emeryson qualifies for the Glover Trophy (1.5litre Formula 1 cars raced between 1961 and 1965) and, as a result of its rarity (it's the last surviving example), its standard of preparation and its crowd-pleasing, sunshine yellow paint finish, has regularly been invited by Lord March to take part in this prestigious race for Grand Prix cars. Equally the Automobile Club de Monaco has kindly invited this particular car to all of it's Grand Prix de Monaco Historique, including the most recent in May of this year.

Paul Emery was a racing driver and creator of a number of front-wheel drive Formula 2 and 3 cars in the early fifties, all campaigned under the name of "Emeryson" and latterly with lots of help and some necessary funding from former Cooper Works driver, Alan Mann, the Emeryson marque went on to become an established constructor of F2 cars. The 1961 season saw the latest development by Paul as the all-new Emeryson-Climax F1 car was introduced to the world of Formula 1 and the car was much admired for its styling and engineering standards. The Belgian race team, 'Ecurie Nationale Belge', were particularly interested and ordered three Maserati-engined cars for the 1961 season to be piloted by Lucien Bianchi, André Pilette, and Willy Mairesse and all were painted in the national racing colour of bright yellow. Sadly a combination of bad luck and some high-speed accidents meant that it wasn't long before all three cars were 'hors de combat' however Bianchi managed a 4th at the Brussels Grand Prix and Mairesse an 11th in Syracuse in April. Subsequently, they changed to Lotus 18s and the Emeryson cars were offered for sale.

The persuasive Tony Settember talked his American compatriot, Hugh Powell into funding a 'Works' Emeryson team with the cars restored to original, running Coventry-Climax engines. This duly happened and Chassis 1004 was to enjoy some success in late 1961 and '62.

Results; Chassis 1004.

23/7/61 GP der Solitude Mike Spence Rtd

23/9/61 Oulton Park Gold Cup Jack Fairman Rtd.

1/10/61 Brands Hatch Lewis-Evans Trophy Mike Spence 2nd.

1/04/62 Heysel Brussels GP John Campbell-Jones 5th.

23/4/62 Goodwood Lavant Cup Tony Settember Rtd.

23/4/62 Goodwood Glover Trophy " 8th

28/4/62 Aintree Aintree 200 " 8th.

12/5/62 Silverstone International Trophy " 14th.

20/5/62 Posillipo GP di Napoli " 9th.

11/6/62 Crystal Palace CP Trophy " 4th.

21/7/62 Aintree British GP " 11th.

1/9/62 Oulton Park Gold Cup " Rtd

16/9/62 Monza Italian GP " Rtd.

Although the Emeryson Team were well-experienced with some talented and knowledgeable individuals, their Achilles' Heel was a lack of adequate finance, often meaning that the cars never got to show their true potential and they eventually dropped out of Formula 1.

The car offered here (Chassis number 1004) is the only surviving F1 Emeryson and even this car might not have made it, had it not been for the efforts of car restorer and showroom owner, Peter Morley, who bought it in 1992 and returned it to the original specification when driven by Settember and Campbell-Jones in its heyday. When fully finished it was entered at the first Goodwood Circuit Revival in 1998 driven by Paul Osborn.

 Purchased by our previous vendor in 1999 chassis 1004 was fettled to his taste. In his first outing after purchasing the car, and carrying the number 31 as used by Jack Fairman in 1961, he was delighted to finish four places behind Sir Stirling Moss' Maserati at the 2000 Monaco Grand Prix Historique. Over the following 16 seasons, he raced the car extensively with the HSCC, enjoying a number of class wins, and the HGPCA at Goodwood, Donnington, Silverstone and on the Continent and was lucky enough to take part in seven of the first eight Grand Prix de Monaco Historique.

Sold by Silverstone Auctions to our vendor in February 2017, the car was then taken to the highly respected Cars International team for a complete and thorough rebuild with Monaco Historique 2018 in mind. Everything was stripped and rebuilt or replaced with an outstanding attention to detail. This work included replacing the rollover hoop and strengthening and crack testing the chassis, newly fabricated suspension (with spare parts), a brake overhaul including new pipes throughout, new driveshafts, a new gearbox, a full rewire, and a thorough engine rebuild. In total, close to £90,000 was spent and no stone left unturned, including a re-painted chassis and all bodywork.

The car performed faultlessly at the 2018 GP de Monaco Historique and fulfilled our lucky vendor's dream of competing at the famous track at one of the ultimate events in historic motorsport. The car has been garaged and hasn't been used since then.

Most of the photographs above show the car as we sold it in 2017 (with 3 taken at Monaco this year post all the recent works) in excellent condition. It now has a fresh FIA Historic Technical Passport and Vehicle Identity (21877). The engine is a freshly rebuilt, 4-cylinder, Coventry-Climax FPF mated to a new Hewland Mk.6. Unusually the cockpit appears a bit more commodious than other cars from the same period which is a distinct advantage if you are no longer the size of a National Hunt jockey!  The spares package, two sets of tyres, and assorted gear ratios are all included and the car is offered ready to race with absolutely everything done.

This lovely little car is a piece of Grand Prix History and will continue to be invited to all the best places, presenting its lucky new owner with a couple of enviable options. Either to drive the car themselves and live the dream of racing a Grand Prix car from such an exciting era at Monaco and Goodwood, or to enter the car for one of today's talented young Historic Racers and fully enjoy the glitz and glamour on offer to entrants at the world's most prestigious motor racing venues.

With Lotus 24s and 25s, Lolas, and BRMs changing hands at between 3 and £400,000, this competitive 1962 Grand Prix car seems an attractive way into a very exclusive club in a car that will require no further investment of time or money.