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2010 Chevron B8 #CH-DBE-100

Lot No.: 120

Registration: Not Specified
Chassis Number: DBE-100
Engine Number: LHO126
Year of Manufacture: 2010
Sold for (£): 109,125

The hugely-successful Chevron B8 first appeared in 1968, usually with BMW 2-litre engines but also with the Ford FVA, FVC and occasionally the Lotus-Climax. It was homologated into FIA Group 4 Sports Cars from 1 March 1968 on the basis that 50 were built (reduced to 25 in 1969). To help Chevron Cars achieve the required number (on paper), every rebuild was listed as a new car - a habit that would continue into the B16, B19 and even the B21 and, no doubt, was a practice common to other builders of limited production racing cars. In the end, 44 of the original cars were completed.

Often described as one of the greatest racing cars of all time, the B8 was fast, forgiving and delightful. In common with the Lotus Elan and the BMW E30 M3, it was one of those cars that would not punish you for a temporary 'loss of talent' and would quietly sort itself out whilst you were considering 'Plan B'. As now, it was capable of humiliating the top GTs in period at short circuits like Crystal Palace or Brands Indy  where dicing with GT40s was a regular occurrence.

Offered here is a "Continuation" Chevron B8 completed in 2010 by Vin Malkie of Chevron Racing Ltd. and powered by a new BMW M10, built and supplied by L.H.Owen. The gearbox is a Hewland FT200 supplied new in 2010 and in total it has only covered eight hundred race miles, competing most recently at Spa in 2014. The car has current FIA/HTP papers, signed off in 2014, endorsing its conformity to the original specification. It's in race ready condition having been prepared by Crossle Racing cars with all the safety items in date, and there are four spare wheels with new wet tyres.

This beautiful little Chevron B8 looks fabulous in Banana Yellow and is nicely detailed throughout. It would be equally at home at Sprints or a Hillclimb but is undoubtedly the most cost effective route into Historic GT racing around the UK, or is a passport into the world’s finest events. Either way, they are competitive cars and the B8's predictability and excellent manners can turn even an average driver into a winner.