Historic Brabham-Cosworth BT33 Up for Auction
The 1970 Brabham-Cosworth BT33 that goes on sale August 14th at the Bonham's auction as part of Pebble Beach weekend is an F1 racing car packed with history. Its expected price of up to $1.4 million seems conservative based on its pedigree. The Bonhams Auction website provides a compelling look at this race car piloted to a 1970 South African Grand Prix championship by Sir Jack Brabham, who passed away this year at the age of 88. As Bonhams notes (and its not pre-auction hype), Brabham was "one of the most significant motor racing personalities of the 20th century."
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Brabham won the Formula 1 Driver's World Championship Three Times And The Formula 1 Constructor's Championship Twice. Bonhams notes he was the first (and likely the last) to win the world championship in a car bearing his name built by his company.
Brabham entered the 1970 South African Grand Prix out of spite. He really had nothing left to prove at this point, except he wasn't going to be called too old to race.
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Just to further enhance the racing pedigree of the BT33, it was Brabham's first full monocoque Formula 1 design (as part of an overall movement to provide greater protection for fuel tanks); it was designed by Ron Tauranac, and its chief mechanic was Ron Dennis, himself now an automotive legend for his creation of McLaren International.
And just in case you're curious, here are the mechanical stats on the BT33:
• 2,993cc DOHC DFV V8 Engine
• 4 Twin Carburetors
• 430bhp at 10,000rpm
• 5-Speed Manual Transaxle
• 4-Wheel Independent Suspension
• 4-Wheel Disc Brakes