Chevron – Bring A Trailer Is Listing An Incredible Ex-Le Mans 1973 Chevron B23
This European racer was restored in 1990 and imported to the USA in 1999.
Bring a Trailer can be counted upon to list some amazing classic cars, ranging from muscle cars, sports cars, right through to modern supercars. Browsing among all those automotive dream creators, you can still encounter a complete surprise. That is exactly what we have here for you today. This is a 1973 Chevron B23, one of just 26 examples built by Derek Bennett Engineering in the UK. This is chassis 10A that was owned by Swiss driver Michel Dupont, and it campaigned three FIA World Championship of Makes races in 1973 which included Dupont and Paul Blancpain driving it at Le Mans that year.
This B73 Is A Zeltweg Class Winner
The car is also a class winner, which it achieved at the Zeltweg 1000 kilometers at the Osterreichring, the track now known as the Red Bull Ring. Following some modifications, it was restored in 1990 and imported to the USA in 1999, and was acquired in 2008 by current owner Francois Castaing, who co-designed the Alpine A442B which won the 1978 Le Mans 24 Hours. The B23 has raced at numerous historic events including at the Circuit of the Americas and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Castaing’s daughter is offering the car for sale and it comes with full historical documentation and an Arizona bill of sale.
B23 Story Began Back In 1971
The B23 story started out in 1971 as the B19, evolving over the years and culminating in the 1976 B36. The B23 has a fiberglass body, sat over a steel tubular space frame with steel sheet metal and stressed aluminum skins which form the bulkheads and the cockpit. Chassis 10A was fitted with a Skoda body in the late 1970s before receiving its correct body in its restoration. It is currently painted in an iconic yellow, white and red Shell livery. The nose is from a later B26 and there are some aerodynamic aids including a red front splitter plus an adjustable rear spoiler.
Cosworth Power Is In The Back Of The Chevron
While it resembles the hairy-chested V-8 powered Can-Am racers of the same era, the engine in the back of the Chevron is a 1975cc Cosworth BDG inline-four. This incorporates an aluminum block, as well as dual overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder, and mechanical fuel injection. That Cosworth power is transferred to the rear wheels via a Hewland FT200 five-speed manual transaxle. Yes, a race car with a fully-manual gearbox.
This is a rare opportunity to own an iconic example of 1970s motorsport, but you don’t get Le Mans history for pennies. As of this writing, the bid for the B23 is $117,000 with 15 days to go on the block.
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