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1985 Benetton Toleman Hart F1

Lot No.: 206

Registration: Not Specified
Chassis Number: 185
Engine Number: Not Specified
Year of Manufacture: 1985
Sold for (£): 30,940

Born on 16th January 1952 in Lombardy, Italy, Piercarlo Ghinzani is one of the most successful Italian racing drivers of the 1980's era. Cutting his teeth in single seaters he was the Italian and European Formula 3 championship winner before launching a Formula One career which lasted from 1981 until 1989.


He went on to drive in 77 Formula One Grand Prix, mostly for the smaller Italian team, Osella, but also for Toleman, Ligier and Zakspeed. He also drove successfully in Group C as a works driver for Lancia supporting fellow Italian teammates Michele Alboreto and Riccardo Patrese.
He kept, and fully maintained most of the cars that he drove in period, which Silverstone Auctions are now extremely proud to offer for sale for the very first time. These include his 2 championship winning March Formula 3 cars, 2 of his Osella F1 cars and also his Toleman F1.

This is a unique opportunity to purchase highly original, single ownership from new, important historic racing cars with complete and total known provenance.

This particular Toleman TG185 was raced by Piercarlo during the second half of the 1985 season as team mate to Teo Fabi. It is offered as a rolling chassis.

The Hart engine was notoriously unreliable and is no longer with the car. However, a Cosworth DFV V8 could be made to fit and the car would then be ready to use.