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1975 F1 Hesketh GP Winning Car - Zandvoort

Lot No.: 172

Registration: Not Specified
Chassis Number: 2
Engine Number: Not Specified
Number of cylinders: 8
CC: 3000cc
Year of Manufacture: 1974
Sold for (£): Result to follow


Giving both James Hunt and Hesketh Racing their first Grand Prix win at the 1975 Dutch
Grand Prix in Zandvoort and the only race victory for Hesketh, chassis 308/2 is the most
famous and prolifically raced Hesketh car. With 23 Grand Prix starts, 17 of which were
driven by James Hunt, 308/2 is the last privately entered car to win a Grand Prix without
commercial sponsorship.
Hesketh Racing, founded in 1972, originally competed with little success with Hunt in
Formula Three until Lord Hesketh announced that, as the costs were nearly the same, they
‘might as well lose in Formula One as Three'. Entering Formula One in 1973 with a March
731 chassis, team engineer and designer Harvey Postlethwaite joined and built the first
Hesketh car which debuted in 1974. Based at Hesketh's private Towcester estate near to
Silverstone, Hunt and the Hesketh team famously arrived at races in luxury cars and
helicopters with Champagne on hand, while Hunt's flamboyant personal life only added to
the intrigue and public support for the ‘people's' F1 team.
Chassis 308/2 replaced the first 308 chassis in mid 1974. Using a ground-up design of
Harvey Postlethwaite, chassis 308/2 is based on an aluminium monocoque in a ‘coke bottle'
shape. With the Ford-Cosworth DFV V8 engine and Hewland gearbox, the 485 bhp car
features two sidepod-mounted lateral radiators, modified from the nose-mounted position of
his first chassis, which allowed Postlethwaite to add a nose wing that became the trademark
of this F1-winning number 24 Hesketh.
Chassis 308/2 made its debut with James Hunt at the April 1974 Spanish Grand Prix. Hunt
and 308/2 achieved their first podium at the June Swedish GP in third position behind the
winning Tyrells, followed by two further third places during the season. The team ended up
in sixth place in the 1974 constructors' championship, but it was not until the Dutch Grand
Prix at Zandvoort on 22 June 1975 that Hesketh Racing scored its first victory. Battling
alongside racing legends including Jochen Mass, Jacky Ickx and Jody Scheckter, after
qualifying in third Hunt took advantage of an early change to slick tyres on a fast-drying
track, to beat off Niki Lauda's Ferrari and take first place in chassis 308/2. Hunt became the
first Englishman to win a Grand Prix since Peter Gethin in 1971.
Hunt and chassis 308/2 had further success with podiums at the French and Austrian
Grands Prix in 1975, with Hunt ending the season fourth in the drivers' standings. Going on
to race for McLaren, Hunt won the 1976 F1 World Championship the following year. Chassis
308/2 was used for a further season by Guy Edwards and Harald Ertl, before Hesketh
Racing finally closed its doors in 1978 due to lack of funds, although chassis 308/2 remained
in Lord Hesketh's ownership until 2007.
Hunt's son Freddie has driven chassis 308/2 at Goodwood Festival of Speed and Revival
events, and the car has been campaigned by the current owner within Formula One Historic
races including the Monaco Historic and at the Silverstone Classic.
The car is offered in fully prepared race ready condition, with a number of spare parts and accessories, including James' custom made steering wheel. A perfect mount for 1970's GP events with The Masters or at Monaco.