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1959 Autosud Formula Junior SOLD

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Frame Number: 0012
Logbook: FIA HTP GB6565
Condition: Very Good
Price:  £52,500 United Kingdom Pounds  Currency_Convert
Location: United Kingdom
 

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Description

Autosud racing cars were designed and built in Naples in the late 1950s. Although apparently typical of an Italian front-engined Formula Junior of its day, the unique Autosud drive train comprises an inverted Fiat 600 gearbox and transaxle at the rear of the car, thus providing improved weight distribution and independent rear suspension. The car is for sale with a new/rebuilt engine, clutch, gearbox, brakes (including new one-off cast rear drums) and tyres. The car has been maintained to a very high standard and, with its charismatic period looks, is always a popular and welcome addition to the paddock at any race meeting. It can be seen in the Global Village at the A1 GP World Cup of Motor Sport at Brands Hatch from 2 to 4 May (as part of a display of Historic Racing Cars) and in the FJ Paddock at the GP Historique de Monaco from 8 to 11 May (as a competitor).

History

Autosud 0012 has been the subject of magazine articles and track tests (Auto Italia, Vintage Race Car Journal, Veloce Today, Quattroruote) and appears in several books on classic racing cars, including Bernard Cowdrey's reference work on Formula Junior Racing Cars. In September 2006 Veloce Today published two articles about the design history of Autosud, interviews with its designer and photographs of chassis 0012 under construction. Since its acquisition by its current (and fourth) owner, in 1999, 0012 has competed in numerous UK and European races including such prestigous events as the GP Historique de Monaco (where it will be again from 8 to 11 May), GP Historique de Pau, The Goodwood Revival, The Oulton Park Gold Cup (Class winner 2007), See Red (Class winner 2005), The Brands Hatch Superprix (Class winner 2004) and the Spa 6 Hours. In 2004 it finished third in class in the Millers Oils Formula Junior Championship.

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