1967 Chevron B6 GT
Serial Number: DBE 8
Frame Number: AM5
Gearbox Number: FT-200 99
Price: $99,000 USD
Location: Connecticut, (Northeast) US
DescriptionThis is one of perhaps seven cars produced in the first real production run of Chevron GTs. The car has a complete and interesting history and was totally restored in the UK by ZUHC Racing in the early '90s. Since that time it has done two short but highly successful seasons of racing in the States. Still in pristine condition, the car has been extensively gone through in the off season, with the engine being completely rebuilt to the point of being almost new and all new corner fabrications being made. It has been completely developed and is absolutely race ready. The car has been professionally maintained and expressly developed to survive enduros.
The B6 was the forerunner of the internationally successful B8. Perhaps seven of the B6 cars were produced and all save 1 were fitted with BMW engines. All of the B6s received chassis and type numbers retroactively during 1968 when they were included in the B8 production run to qualify for FIA Group 4 homologation. Originally simply called Chevron GTs, they became B6s in 1968.
This car was bought new in 1967 by Alan Harvey of London. It was pale blue and fitted with a 2 litre BMW engine. It raced for the first time at Crystal Palace on 5 August, 1967, finishing 5th in the Special GT race. This race is covered in the 10 August 1967 issue of Motoring News. On 20 August 1967 Harvey set a class lap record at Brands Hatch Club before retiring. The car got it's first win on 26 August 1967 when Harvey took pole for the Colibri Trophy race for Sports and GT cars and led from start to finish. He recorded two additional wins and one class win in '67, also setting an over 1600cc lap record for the Brands GP course.
Harvey started 1968 with the car, recording two more wins at Brands and one at Snetterton also taking class lap records at both circuits. In May Chris Skeaping bought the car and won the Tootal Special GT Championship round at Snetterton, reducing Harvey's lap record. Skeaping took further wins at Snetterton, Brands, and Thruxton, and finished second in the over 1600cc Motoring News GT Championship, also setting a class lap record at Silverstone before retiring. Skeaping's Thruxton win is reported in the 17 October 1968 issue of Motoring News, which carries a photo of the car. Skeaping continued to race the car in 1969, finishing 4th in class in the RAC British Sports Car Championship. The 7 August 1969 issue of Motoring News carries a report of the Crystal Palace race on 2 August 1969. Skeaping finished sixth overall and the car is pictured in a shot of the race leaders.
At the end of the year Skeaping sold the car to US race car dealer Fred Opert, Chevron's agent, who sold it on to Donavin Baumgartner of Cleveland Ohio. He registered the car as a B8 with the SCCA and raced it for about 3 years before selling it to a gentleman in Florida whose name he cannot recollect. In about 1980 the car was bought by Paul Hoxsie of Key West, Florida. Hoxsie sold the car to two English owners who commissioned the restoration. The car was sold to the current owner in the US 3 years ago.