Offered by Silverstone Auctions | Hendon, U.K. | March 5-6, 2022
The March Racing Team was founded in 1969 and appeared on its first F1 grid the following year. They took a few breaks over the years, returning to F1 in 1987 after a four-year absence. For 1988 they had a young new designer on staff. That guy was Adrian Newey, and this was the first Formula One car he designed.
The team was branded as Leyton House March Racing for 1988 (they would race under the Leyton House Racing name in 1990 and 1991 before the March name returned for the team’s final year in ’92). The car features a naturally aspirated 3.5-liter Judd V8. The complete race history for this chassis is not known, but the team’s drivers were Mauricio Gugelmin and Ivan Capelli, the latter of whom is said to have run this car at the Japanese Grand Prix in 1988 where he qualified fourth and DNF’d.
The 881 was kind of a success, scoring a decent number of points and achieving two podiums in 1988. It was also used by the team for the first two races of the ’89 season. No pre-sale estimate is yet available, but you can read more here and see more from this sale here.
The March Racing Team was a Formula One constructor founded by Max Mosley, Alan Rees, Graham Coaker, and Robin Herd in 1969. They built race cars for F1, F2, F3, IMSA, and IndyCar. This CG891 was their F1 car for the 1989 season.
The 1989 season was also the year March’s fortunes in F1 would come undone. Their financial situation deteriorated to the point where the team was taken over by their primary sponsor, Leyton House (a Japanese real estate company), mid-season.
Leyton House Racing was an F1 constructor (although more of a re-branded March team) in 1990 and 1991. It was purchased by someone else and renamed back to March for 1992 before disappearing forever. The CG891 was one of the first F1 cars designed by Adrian Newey and is powered by a 3.5-liter Judd V8 making 610 horsepower. The competition history for this chassis (02) includes:
1989 Monaco Grand Prix – 11th, DNF (with Ivan Capelli)
1989 United States Grand Prix – 21st, DNF (with Capelli)
1989 French Grand Prix – 14th (with Mauricio Gugelmin)
1989 Hungarian Grand Prix – 22nd, DNF (with Capelli)
This car retains its race engine and largely looks like it did when it pulled off the track for the last time. It’s been static for a while, so it’s gonna need some work. RM is offering it for about $522,500. Click here for more info.
Offered by Bonhams | Francorchamps, Belgium | May 24, 2015
Photo – Bonhams
Walter Lechner Racing is a racing team and a racing school based in Austria. They’ve competed in Porsche Supercup for over the past decade, but in the early 1990s they tried their hand at prototype sports car racing. They commissioned Reynard to build them a car. It was called the Lechner Spyder SC91. This is actually that car, but with newer bodywork and a different name.
This chassis was raced competitively between 1991 and 1999 under a variety of different names with revised bodywork as it went. The chassis is from ’91, hence the model year listed, but the bodywork (and name) it currently carries come from later on in the decade. It was originally fitted with a 3.5-liter Judd V-10 but now wears a 4.0-liter BMW V-8. Some highlights for this car include:
1991 Interserie Siegerland – 2nd (with Walter Lechner as Lechner Spyder SC91)
1991 Interserie Zeltweg II – 2nd (with Lechner)
1992 Interserie Zolder – 2nd (with Lechner)
1993 Interserie Siegerland – 2nd (with Lechner as Reynard Spyder)
1993 Interserie Donington – 1st (with Lechner)
1993 Interserie Zeltweg – 2nd (with Lechner)
1994 Interserie Zeltweg – 1st (with Lechner)
1994 Interserie Division I Championship (Lechner as driver, using this car for one race)
1997 Interserie Spa – 2nd (with Josef Neuhauser as Reynard-Judd Can-Am)
1997 Interserie A1-Ring (with Neuhauser)
1997 Interserie Hungaroring (with Neuhauser)
1997 Interserie Division I Championship (with Neuhauser)
1998 Interserie Most – 1st (with Neuhauser as Horag-Reynard-Judd Can-Am)
1998 Interserie Division I Championship (with Neuhauser)
1999 Interserie Most – 3rd (with Neuhauser)
Good Lord! That’s a lot of podium finishes, not to mention an extended racing life for a type of car that normally doesn’t stay that competitive for that many years. At any rate, this thing has been raced privately and is ready to run. You can buy it for between $130,000-$200,000. Click here for more info and here for more from this sale.