This show car was built using an authentic March Engineering 87B F3000 chassis, of which was initially used through the 1987 F3000 Championship by First Racing team, piloted by Italian driver Lamberto Leoni.
This same chassis later took part in the 1987 Brazilian Grand Prix weekend for F1, being renamed the 87P Prototype as the car the team had originally planned to race in the Championship wasn’t ready in time.
The bodywork and other car parts featured all recreate that of the car used in its one and only F1 weekend in Brazil and dons the same liveries and sponsorships.
This 87P, despite only being used once in F1, is not one that is easy to forget. Its striking aqua blue colour and beautiful detailing, as well as featuring a race used chassis, makes it a show car you won’t want to miss.
This race car has been in the current ownership for the last 15 years and has undergone restoration work.
It is being sold as a rolling chassis and engine without internals, with the show car being in good condition and with no known damage to the chassis or body. The car is powered by a 3.0-litre Cosworth V8 without internals, coupled to a six-speed March Engineering transmission casing, and rides on six-spoke alloy wheels which are wrapped in Avon race tyres.
The chassis plate, carbon monocoque and suspension are all original pieces. At the rear, the engine and transaxle are open to the elements, while the nose and cockpit are clothed in lightweight bodywork incorporating carbon-Kevlar and fiberglass materials.
To the seller’s understanding, the brakes, shock absorbers, radiators, dashboard and steering wheel all remain faithful to those used on the real vehicle. In the cockpit, there is the shaped metal seat, TRW Sabelt four-point racing harnesses, an Italvolanti steering wheel, and a simple three-gauge instrument cluster.
The car is finished in the iconic Aquamarine Blue colour of the Leyton House property brand with the number ‘16’ being emblazoned on the car alongside the same livery seen on the real prototype used at the 1987 Brazilian Grand Prix, where due to unforeseen circumstances, the car withdrew from the race after going through both testing and Qualifying sessions.
This car is in great condition and will be a truly striking addition to any F1 collection.