Auction Car of the Week: 1966 Brabham BT8
Sometimes, we're looking for good deals in our Auction Car of the Week. Other times, it's some unique vehicle you just don't see every day. Today, it's some of one and none of the other with this amazing 1966 Brabham BT8 listed on eBay. It's got a Buy It Now price of $265,900, so it's not exactly the kind of car you buy on a whim. But it might just be the coolest vintage racer on the 'Bay of E' right now.
Brabham is a name known primarily for its development of Formula One racers. The company is named for the 87-year-old Australian, Jack Brabham, who won World Championships in 1959, 1960 and 1966, when he became the first competitor to win a World Championship in a car bearing his own name.
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At the zenith of his racing career, he wasn't only racing. He built a series of some of the most stunningly beautiful sports cars the world has seen, beginning with the BT5 in 1963, and ending with this car, the BT8 in 1966.
The BT8 is only one of 12 ever built. A total of nine were produced in 1964, and another two in 1965, and one final car was produced in 1966, which appears to be this car, BT8 SC-1-66.
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It was originally built for John Willment, who ran one of the UK's biggest Ford dealerships. Its racing pedigree is well-established. Tony Dean & Peter Crossley drove the car in 1967, Richard Thwaites in 1974, Don Orosco in mid-1980's and it was finally purchased by Robert McClenagan in 1997.
Earlier Brabham BT8s featured a 2.0-liter four-cylinder, but later cars like this one include a 2.5-liter Coventry Climax four, mated to a Hewland transaxle. It was a sports racer that provided significantly greater performance than its contemporaries in handling and braking.
The car includes a full FIA passport, along with full documentation from 1966 to the present day.
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The car also comes with a complete set of body molds represented to the best of the seller's knowledge as original.
With a unique vehicle like this, it's easy to find out its history, and where it's been over the last few years. In May of 2013, it was for sale on eBay with a Buy it Now price of $255,000. Ten months later, it's for sale at $10,900 more. Is it a good deal? In 2009, Bonhams had a 1964 example up for auction at its event during the Pebble Beach weekend, which had an estimate of $260,000 to $295,000. It didn't find a buyer at that time. If you have the cash, we recommend scooping it up– it will be a solid investment.