A March 761 Cosworth DFV is for sale in the Motorsport Prospects Marketplace and if you are tall, this might be the car for you. If you have been looking to get involved in historic racing, perhaps after reading my interview with Kevin O’Connor in The Appeal of Historic Racing, you might want to consider this single-seater race car offered for sale by Sam Hancock. It is a highly competitive race car in Masters FIA Historic F1 Championship and is a well-known and proven recreation of Hans Stuck’s 1976 Grand Prix car.
With a 2019 championship title from multiple class wins (and even some overall podiums) in Masters Historic F1, this high quality recreation of Hans-Joachim Stuck’s 1976 grand prix car is well proven as a great value and competitive entry to the premier historic grand prix series.
Prepared by Martin O’Connell’s OC Racing equipe in the UK, the car is professionally maintained and well presented.
Already an accommodating chassis for drivers of differing proportions, the cockpit of this particular 761 has been neatly adjusted for the height of its current owner who is 6’4” (193cms) tall. It can of course be easily tailored in the other direction!
Introduction to March & the 761
Founded in 1969 by Max Mosley, Alan Rees, Graham Coaker and Robin Herd, March Engineering quickly established itself as a pre-eminent constructor of customer-oriented racing cars.
Focusing initially on single-seaters, the British marque achieved success in Formula Ford 1600, Formula 3, Formula 2 and, in the hands of Ronnie Peterson, also in Formula 1 with victory at Monza in 1976 in a March 761.
The 761 was the company’s most successful Grand Prix car. Powered by the inimitable Cosworth DFV, it had a strong chassis, good aerodynamics and was a reliable package used by privateers to great effect against their works rivals. In addition to Peterson’s win, it achieved multiple podiums, sat on pole position once and even had a fastest lap alongside further success in non-championship events.
Just eight original chassis were constructed and, inevitably, not all survive. It is of no surprise therefore that, in the years since, such a straightforward, reliable and competitive design has been recreated in small numbers by independent constructors for use in historic racing.
Engine & Gearbox
The engine powering this particular example is a ‘short-stroke’ Cosworth DFV, built by Geoff Richardson. It has completed 768 miles since its last rebuild in June 2019. Approximately 1200 miles are advised between rebuilds.
The gearbox is regularly maintained by the preparer with no known issues and all worn items replaced as required.
This car is accompanied by a sensible spares package including: spare nose cone, rear wing, clutch, airbag (requires fitting), 2x radiators, anti roll bar, rear suspension, 2x dampers, steering arms, 3x sets wheels, some gears, 2x driveshafts, in addition to a small number of other miscellaneous components.
Where Can I Race?
This car is eligible for the FIA Masters Historic Formula 1 Championship.
The car is offered fully crack-tested with appropriate certification, valid HTPs, fuel tanks, extinguishers and belts.
What Sam Says
“ A superb value entry point to historic Formula 1 in a car that, on multiple occasions, has proven more than capable of running toward – or even right at – the front. It delivers the look, the sound, the sheer exhilaration of an iconic DFV-era Formula 1 car, for a fraction of the price of the cars it will most likely do battle with.”
For more information
You can contact the seller directly at this link for more information.