This is a highly original F3 with single ownership from new and impeccable provenance. Piercarlo Ghinzani was one of the most successful Italian racing drivers of the 1980's. He was the Italian and European Formula 3 championship winner before launching a Formula One career which lasted from 1981 until 1989. Ghinzani went on to drive in 77 Formula One Grand Prix, mostly for Osella, but also for Toleman, Ligier and Zakspeed. He also drove successfully in Group C as a works driver for Lancia with Italian teammates Michele Alboreto and Riccardo Patrese. This lovely March 773 was used by Ghinzani to win the 1977 European Formula 3 Championship, beating drivers such as Nelson Piquet, Elio de Angelis and Derek Warwick. It was an outright winner 3 times that season (at Nurburgring, Zolder and Imola) and with a total of 9 podium appearances they became the dominant car and driver combination of the season. Professionally stored and maintained ever since, the Toyota Novamotor had its most recent rebuild in 2010 by Ellegi Motori and has only run 200 kms since. This car was on pole at Monaco in 1977, and would surely be a highly attractive entry when F3 cars next run at the Historique.
Ground effects came to Formula Two in 1979, and that year's European Championship was won by Marc Surer in the works March 792 BMW. Although not universally successful the 792 was popular with customers and 32 were sold by the factory. Most of these competed with BMW engines, but several were powered by Hart 420R and one ran with a Cosworth BD. This chassis is the Marlboro liveried Tiga Racing car in which Eje Elgh won the 1979 Gran Premio del Mediterraneo and finished ninth overall in the championship, powered by a BMW engine. More recently this lovely example has been used in speed events, and it is now fitted with a low mileage alloy blocked Cosworth BDG 2.0 on DTA management, producing 289 BHP at 8,900 rpm. This engine has only been used for two seasons of hillclimbing since a comprehensive rebuild at Ridgeway Race Engines. The car also benefits from a recent Simpson exhaust system, freshly rebuilt Konis and a bulletproof Hewland FG 400 gearbox. It has an excellent tub and very smart repainted bodywork. Complete with slicks and wets on rims, spare nose and winglets and parts to convert the gearbox back to 5 speed. An immaculate and well known car on the Midland hills which could readily be converted for circuit use.
Fully restored and ready to race.... This excellent March 722 has an interesting and continuous race history. It is unused since a complete rebuild by specialists and is in stunning condition throughout. Currently in Formula Atlantic specification with a zero miles Racing Fabrications BDA and a rebuilt JP Hewland FT200. All new safety equipment, tank etc with certificates and crack test certificates. Extensive spares package available by separate negotiation, including a spare tub. An attractively priced entry into Historic Formula Two, the Derek Bell Trophy and several other series worldwide.