MARCH 773 - Toyota Novamotor Chassis number: 773-09 FIA HTP This is the real chassis with which Michele Alboreto made his debut in the Italian F3 Championship at the end of 1978 at Magione circuit which is well documented. The car has been rebuild professionally , and comes complete with many spares (spare nose, 12 rims, various suspension components etc.) The Toyota Novamotor has been mantained at the highest level by Gaetano of Ellegi Motori who are responsible for building many winning engines for the historic F3 series and has covered only 1000 km from the last rebuild. History MARCH 773 - TOYOTA NOVAMOTOR / Chassis nr. : 773-09 1977: Car imported in Italy by Paolo Pavanello ( March agent for Italy ) Car bought by: Scuderia Derby Corse - Milano - EUROPEAN F.3 Championship - Driver : Marcello Rosei - ITALIAN F.3 Championship - Driver: Marcello Rosei - G.P. MONACO F.3 - Driver: Marcello Rosei 1978 : - ITALIAN F.3 Championship - Driver: Marcello Rosei ITALIAN F.3 Championship - Driver: Michele Alboreto ( 4th placed - Magione 1978 ) 1979: - ITALIAN F.3 Championship - Driver: Marcello Rosei 1980: - Car bought by the driver Asteldo Crepaldi - ITALIAN F.3 Championship - Driver: Asteld
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.