De Tomaso Formula Junior
1963, De Tomaso Formula Junior, 1100 Cosworth MAE
1 of 5 Works Racing Cars of De Tomaso Formula Junior
Swiss full restoration from 2008 to 2014
The complete restoration between 2008 and 2014 included every screw, so to speak, of this very rare De Tomaso Formula Junior, which was acquired directly from the De Tomaso factory. The tubular frame, chassis, braking system, engine, shifting and other components were extensively restored by the respected and very experienced Bruno Schaffner. The final assembly was completed by Urban Fässler Mechanik in Hinwil. In total, invoices of about CHF 140’000.- are presented and do not include the purchases or many other honorary services. In total, more than CHF 200’000.- were invested in this De Tomaso Formula Junior. According to a De Tomaso expert, only five examples of these Formula Junior works racing cars were built by De Tomaso.
The History about Formula Junior:
„From 1958 to 1963 Formula Junior replaced the motorcycle engined 500 cc F3 cars as the stepping-stone to Formula 1. It was the brainchild of Italian Count ‘Johnny’ Lurani and provided for 1.0 or 1.1 litre production engines, and gearboxes in mini Grand Prix chassis. In its short 6 years, the design span covered the major progression of racing car evolution from ladder frame front-engined cars, through space frame cars with proprietary suspension like the Alexis HF1 (still raced today by FJHRA Co-ordinator Duncan Rabagliati), rear engined spaceframe’s such as the Coopers, to the full monocoque of the Lotus 27. Jim Clark, John Surtees, Jochen Rindt, Mike Spence, Mike Hailwood, Jo Siffert, Graf Wolfgang Von Trips, Gerhard Mitter, Lorenzo Bandini, Peter Revson, Giancarlo Baghetti and Howden Ganley, were amongst the G.P. Stars who formulated their careers in FJ. Races were run from Estonia to Australia, Macao to Cuba, with hundreds of cars competing regularly across the USA and East and Western Europe.“ https://formulajunior.com/introduction
Even today, hard-fought and exciting races take part in the historic European FiA Lurani Trophy championship. An ideal field of engagement for this competitive De Tomaso Formula Junior, which is offered in absolutely perfect condition!
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