British Racing Prototype Gets New Life After 45 Years in a Shed
For 45 years, a rare prototype race car sat locked away in a garage (or more likely a shed), without anyone to give it the love and attention it deserved. That’s why it looks the way it does in the picture above. But even without an ounce of consideration, an original drivetrain, or really anything working on it, it sold at auction for a mind-blowing £71,000 (about $92,000). Why? Because it’s a piece of British racing heritage, and someone has plans to bring it back to life…hopefully. The car is a Costin-Nathan Works prototype. It was designed by Lotus engineer and aerodynamic expert Frank Costin, alongside notable Lotus racing driver Roger Nathan. It made its debut in 1966, and initially was made with plywood because lightness. RELATED: See Photos of the Stunning Aston Martin CC100 Speedster
The steel tubular chassis held in it a 998cc Hillman Imp engine which was good for about 100 horsepower. Though that may not seem like much for a prototype race car, consider that the example seen here only weighed 700 pounds when it was fully functional.
Early estimates from H&H Classics had it going for about £25,000-£35,000 when it crossed the block at the Chateau Impney Hillclimb sale a few days ago. It exceeded that number by more than two-fold, and one lucky enthusiast now has the responsibility of bringing this piece of British racing heritage back to life.
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