Race Retro Classic Car Sale 2019

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1970 Chevron B17 Rolling chassis.

Lot No.: 361

Registration: Not Specified
Chassis Number: TBC
Engine Number: Not Specified
Year of Manufacture: 1970
Sold for (£): Unsold

  • Purchased by our vendor and raced in the States before returning to the UK
  • Totally rebuilt with a new chassis (the original had been shortened). Old chassis included in the sale
  • This is a rolling chassis (dummy engine not part of the sale). New engine fitting kit and exhaust


The 1970 Formula 3 Chevron B17 was a development of the B15 with a stiffened centre section, new uprights and a tidied engine cover. Jürg Dubler and Peter Hanson both won major F3 races in this model using Novamotor engines.

After Reine Wisell's successes in the B15, the B17 sold well with well-established F3 star Jürg Dubler forsaking Tecno for a B17, the talented Kiwi Bert Hawthorne moving from Brabham, and B15 customers Peter Hanson and Barrie Maskell staying on board. Dubler got the season off to a good start with a win at Montjuich Park in April, and Hawthorne beat a strong British national field at Brands Hatch in May. Later in the season, Hanson won an International at Karlskoga and Dubler won the high-profile Zandvoort race at the end of August. Both Maskell and newcomer Chris Skeaping took their B17s to victory in significant British races.

With the introduction of the 1600cc F3 for 1971, larger stronger cars were needed but the B17s continued in use in hill climbs for some years.

This Chevron B17 was bought by David Wood in Florida who paid $3,400 for it before it was subsequently purchased by our vendor whilst working in the USA for Lola race cars and raced by him over there before bringing it back to the UK.

It has been fully rebuilt with a new chassis as the original had been chopped by 10" to create a short-circuit car-park racer. This original chassis forms part of the sale. The newly built car has only competed in four races since it was finished. It has a Hewland MK8 gearbox with a new 7/31 CWP. The car is being sold as a rolling chassis as the MAE engine was on loan from a colleague. The dummy engine is fitted to aid transport and will not come with the car, however, the engine fitting-kit is complete and has a new exhaust system. 

Fully rebuilt and just awaiting an engine, this immaculate 1970s single seater may well be eligible for Formula 3 but that eligibility would have to be established, however, it has been professionally built by John Bright.