1968 Brabham-Cosworth BT26A
Offered by Bonhams | Amelia Island, Florida | March 7, 2019
Motor Racing Developments Ltd. was a Formula One constructor founded by driver Jack Brabham and engineer Ron Tauranac. It is commonly known as “Brabham.” The team competed for 30 years, between 1962 and 1992. Jack won the F1 championship in one of his own cars in 1966 – the only time that’s ever happened.
This chassis began life as a Repco-powered BT26 in 1968 with driver Jochen Rindt. The Repco was an unreliable unit, so the team switched to Cosworth power for 1969. With the new engine and some slight tweaks, the ’68 cars (including this one) were rechristened the BT26A. This car is powered by a 3.0-liter Ford-Cosworth DFV V8.
- 1968 Canadian Grand Prix – 12th (DNF), with Jochen Rindt
- 1968 United States Grand Prix – 11th (DNF), with Rindt
- 1968 Mexican Grand Prix – 21st (DNF), with Rindt
- 1969 Spanish Grand Prix – 6th, with Jacky Ickx
- 1969 Dutch Grand Prix – 5th, with Ickx
- 1969 French Grand Prix – 3rd, with Ickx
- 1969 Canadian Grand Prix – 1st, with Ickx
- 1969 Mexican Grand Prix – 2nd, with Ickx
- 1969 Oulton Park Gold Cup – 1st, with Ickx
Not too shabby a record once the Cosworth was installed, which the car retains. It’s an impressive open-wheel car from the glory days of F1. It should bring between $1,100,000-$1,400,000. Click here for more info and here for more from Bonhams.
Update: Sold $1,105,000.