1968 Chevron B8, Ex-Paul Vestey/Stirling Moss
Chevron B8’s are widely regarded to be not only one of the most beautiful sports racing cars ever produced, but also one of the best handling cars of their type. Built by Chevron Cars between 1968 and 1970 only 44 examples were built and were fitted with a number of different engines with the most popular being a 2 litre BMW unit. Chassis DBE71 has raced from new with a BMW engine.
Chassis DBE71 was collected new from the factory in 1968 by Sir Paul Vestey who debuted the car at the Daily Express Silverstone Trophy in March 1969. The car then went on to be actively campaigned at an International level by Sir Paul Vestey and James Tangye – Worcester Racing Association – between July 1969 and September 1970, racing at Vila Real, Spa 1000km, Nurburgring 1000km, Brands Hatch 1000km. The team drafted in Tim Schenken to drive the car to 2-litre victory and 5th overall at the Embassy Trophy in 1969 at Thruxton (behind Redman, Bonnier, Hawkins, Piper)
This famous B8 was sold to Tony Charnell for the 1971 season and he then sold it to John Cleland who raced it in 1972 before selling at the end of 1972 to Simon Philips who lept the car until the end of 1978. Sir Stirling Moss bought the car in 1982 having already raced it for the previous owner. Moss commented ‘I think it was probably the best-handling car I’d driven, it was absolutely stunning’. After purchasing the car, Moss went on to contest in the Historic Super Sports Series in, and secured a popular victory, famously beating Richard Attwood’s Porsche 917 on a damp track at Dublin’s Phoenix Park. The car was run for Moss by Tim Colman at Chevron Cars.
In 2004, DBE71 was fully-prepared by Pace Products. After two years of successful racing they sold the car to DK Engineering who successfully campaigned the car in Europe and South Africa as well as winning the prestigious HSCC Autosport 3 Hour at Snetterton. The car was subject to further work in 2012 when Gelscoe Motorsport fully race-prepared the car once more, fitting a new Lester Owen engine for James Cottingham. Known to be one of the fastest Chevron B8’s in historic racing today, this B8 is offered in excellent, race ready condition and has recently been returned to the stunning period livery that it ran in the hands of Paul Vestey and James Tangye.
In recent years the car has been a regular class winner in CER with its current owner and prepared by Paul Fox at Foxcraft Engineering who previously ran the car for Sir Stirling Moss when working at Chevron Cars!
Without doubt one of the most famous and well known B8’s in existence with known continuous history from new; DBE71 has also been proven as one of the quickest and most competitive examples still competing today. Complete with current HTP papers issued in 2017, the car is ready to be enjoyed by its new owner.
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