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1972 GRD 272 Formula B SOLD

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Serial Number: tbd
Frame Number: tbd
Gearbox Number: tbd
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Condition: excellent, just restored
Price: $34,000 U.S./Offers/Trades
Location: Northeastern U.S.
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The GRD is an early monocoque Formula B/2 which is a lineal descendent from the Lotus 69. This example has a good race history. The car has just undergone a full ground up restoration and has a fresh all steel MWE twin cam and fresh Hewland. The original configuration included wings and slicks and the car is therefore eligable for Formula 70. It is believed that some examples ultimately ran BD motors so a full Atlantic configuration is a possibility. The car has a good selection of spares and a sports car nose. The car is rare, very quick, and race ready.


The former employees of Lotus Components, the customer race division which closed in 1971, formed GRD (Group Racing Developments) to pick up the market for customer race cars. The 272/372 was the firm's first offering and may have even been on the drawing boards at Lotus as the proposed side rad, monocoque replacement for the very successful Lotus 69. Officially, the design is attributed to Jo Marquart with input from ex Lotus designer Dave Baldwin. In European F3 the car was dominant in the early 70s.

An in-depth article describing the debut of GRD and the 272 appears in the September 30th, 1971 issue of Autosport, complete with comprehensive photos of the prototype.

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