More than 60 years worth of parts and interesting artefacts from Cosworth’s storage facility will be auctioned to clear space for building expansion
Due to expansion, Northampton-based engineering firm Cosworth is clearing out some of its units currently used to store 60 years worth of memorabilia and engine parts, with much of it being offered for sale. H&I Auctions are handling the sale, with early lots appearing online and ending from 22 June, culminating in a live auction at the Cosworth headquarters on 19 July.
Cosworth has a long and well known history building race engines for many different race teams and motorsport disciplines. That means that many of the lots on offer are components for exotic race engines, but Cosworth has also more recently been involved with the development of certain road car engines, as well as its own range of uprated performance parts. Many parts for these cars are also being sold.
Early lots include quite a lot of car and motorcycle engine parts, from piston sets for a Nissan GT-R to brand new cylinder heads for your Cosworth XG-powered IndyCar. While many of the more ordinary items include bulk sets of piston rings and brake pads might sound uninteresting (to some), more exciting items are promised for the live auction on 19 July.
One of the biggest items to be offered in the sale is a Cosworth CA Formula 1 engine, that has been fitted with an 8mm toughened glass top making this one of the most powerful coffee tables around. The engine was taken from a running Formula 1 car, and would have cost around £50,000 to produce when new. This is a special engine to F1 aficionados, as it was the first to breach 20,000rpm. Bidding is currently at £6000.
H&I's Managing Director, Richard Travis, commented: ‘This is a huge deal for us. We're all passionate about motorsport at H&I and it’s is a great honour and privilege to be involved in this project. There are some truly stand-out lots available including unique serial-numbered Cosworth engine coffee tables, Cosworth branded promo artwork, historic motorsport photographs and a one-off sculpture entitled 'chequered flag' by Tim Tolkien, great-nephew of author J. R. R. Tolkien.’