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Brabham F1 racer sold for $1.12 million
Highest bidder: Sir Jack Brabham’s 1967 BT24 formula one race car has been sold at auction in the United States.
Sir Jack’s 1967 Repco-Brabham formula one car sold at auction in Pebble Beach
19 August 2014
A PIECE of Australian motor racing history went under the hammer at the Pebble
Beach classic car auctions in California last weekend when a Repco-Brabham
formula one car driven by Australia’s Sir Jack Brabham sold for $US1.05 million
The British racing green car – the first of three 1967 BT24s built by the
triple world champion’s own team using Australian-made Repco V8 engines – was
raced by Sir Jack in the 1967 formula one series won by his teammate, New
Zealander Denny Hulme.
Denny Hulme’s BT-20 Repco-Brabham from the same 1967 season also changed hands
earlier this year in an auction in Monaco, making an even more impressive €1.09
The Monaco auction of the BT-20, in which Hulme won the Monaco grand prix, was
held on May 10 – just 10 days before Sir Jack died at his Gold Coast home, aged
The seller of Sir Jack’s race car at the Gooding and Co auctions at the weekend
had hoped to receive between $US1.2 million and $US1.5 million for the BT24,
which was the highest-point scoring Brabham formula one car driven by Sir Jack,
even though he did not win the title that year.
However, the car was knocked down to an undisclosed buyer for $US1.05 million.
The deal included a spare engine – said to be new – and “copious” spare parts.
The Repco-Brabham legend was born in 1966 when Sir Jack won the 1966 F1 world
title – his third – to become the first and only driver to win the title in a
car of his own design.
The 3.0-litre race engine was based on an aluminium-block Oldsmobile V8, but
heavily modified by the Australian Repco company with former Vincent motorcycle
engineer Phil Irving in charge of the project.
The team not only won back to back driver titles in 1966-67, but also the
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