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>Shannons upcoming Winter Online Timed Auction will offer a trio of significant historic racing cars, including a pair of magnificent Brabhams and a fabulous works prepared Lotus Cortina. The online auction, which is to be held from June 8 -15, will be sure to capture the interest of collectors both in Australia and around the globe.

From a private Sydney collection, Shannons will offer a pair of Brabhams dating from the team’s glory years, starting with an example of the first sports racing car made by Motor Racing Developments Ltd at Chessington, the BT5.

Here’s a closer look at these three sought after historic vehicles Shannons have on offer:

1963 Brabham BT5 Sports Racing Car

The company, Motor Racing Developments, was founded in 1960 by World Champion racing driver Sir Jack Brabham and chief designer Ron Tauranac. It rapidly grew into one of the significant players in all forms of motorsport for the next decade, competing at every level from Formula One to Indianapolis.

While the single-seaters took center stage, Brabham also dabbled in sports car racing. The BT5 was the first two-seater model, sharing many of the components with the BT3 and BT6.

Brabham BT5 Sports Racing Car. The second of only two Brabham BT5s made

Built in 1963, chassis SC-2-63 was the second of two mid-engined machines built around a Ron Tauranac-designed multi-tubular spaceframe, powered by the legendary Ford Cosworth twin-cam and mated to a Hewland Mark IV gearbox.

Aimed squarely at the Lotus 23, both BT5s were campaigned by quasi-works team Ian Walker Racing, the first driven by Frank Gardner, while this vehicle appeared later in the season with a smaller 1100cc engine for Aussie racer Paul Hawkins.

Subsequently driven by Ed Zeller in the Swiss Hillclimb Championship with a larger 1500cc engine, SC-2-63 went on to race in North America with Bob Randall, reportedly winning the 1965 Northwest SCCA Championship before beginning a new career in vintage racing in the USA and later Europe and Australia, including appearances at the Goodwood Revival in 2006 and 2008.

Meticulously restored back to 1963 colors and bodywork in the current ownership, the BT5 presents in stunning condition, ready to resume its racing career, and comes with current CAMS Certificate of Description and a spares package.  

1967 Brabham BT23B Intercontinental Single Seater Racing Car

Dating from 1967, the second Brabham on offer is one of only three BT23B single-seaters made, effectively a Formula Libre or hillclimb version of the Formula 2 chassis.

Brabham’s BT23 was the mainstay of the 1967 season, a single-seater chassis that principally raced in Formula 2 that year followed by the updated BT23C in 1968. 

1967 Brabham BT23B Intercontinental Single Seater Racing Car
1967 Brabham BT23B Intercontinental Single Seater Racing Car. One of only three BT23B Brabhams ever made.

Only 3 BT23B chassis were built, two of them sold to hillclimbers and the third intended for Formula Libre events. 

This example, BT23B-2, was completed for wealthy Swiss privateer and regular Brabham customer, Charles Voegele, who competed in both circuit races and hillclimbs with Coventry Climax 2.5 power. 

Remaining in Switzerland for some years, the Brabham eventually passed into the hands of well-known UK collector and historic racer Phil Walker. It was completely restored by Retro Tack & Air in 2000 and then raced in the Masters GP series with some success in the 2000s.  

More recently the current Sydney owner has campaigned the BT23B in local events with great success by pilots John Bowe and Richard Carter guest driving. 

Competing in ten meetings at Sydney Motorsport Park (formerly Eastern Creek) between 2010 and its last race in November 2017, the car usually qualified on the grid’s front row and only had one DNF. 

Shannons Winter Online Timed Auction

Presented in fabulous race-ready condition and eligible for virtually every significant historic race meeting on the planet, the Brabham comes with an extensive

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By: Sports Car Digest
Title: Trio of Significant Historic Racing Cars Headline Shannons Winter Online Timed Auction
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Published Date: Sat, 29 May 2021 09:21:40 +0000

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Kids are impressionable, especially when motorcycles are involved. That magical combination of sound, smell and danger has a way of imprinting itself on young minds. But Kyle Harvey didn’t just dream of bikes as a child—he practically grew up with them.

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Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast. Image via Supercars.

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The 6.5L F140 GA V12

The 6.5L F140 GA V12
The 6.5L F140 GA V12. Image Via: Wikimedia Commons.

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cedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC. Image via Supercars.

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