Silverstone Auctions has announced that it will be selling James Hunt's Hesketh, chassis 308/2, the only Formula 1 race-winning Hesketh ever, and the car that Hunt drove to his first win at the 1975 Duch Grand Prix in Zandvoort. The auction will take place during the Silverstone Classic weekend, 21, 22, and 23 July.
Chassis 308/2 is the most famous and prolifically raced Hesketh car in existance. Between mid-1974 and 1978, it started 23 Grand Prix, 17 of which were driven by James Hunt. Another claim to fame is the fact that 308/2 is the last privately entered car to win a F1 race without commercial sponsorship. The white car with red and blue stripes and famous Hesketh Racing teddy bear logo remained in team principal Lord Hesketh’s private ownership until 2007.
Fully race-prepared by WDK, the car is newly crack-tested and ready to race, and comes with a substantial spares package, including the custom-made original steering wheel used only by Hunt himself.
Hunt’s son Freddie has driven the car at Goodwood Festival of Speed and Revival events, and the car has been campaigned by the current owner within Formula One Historic races; including the Monaco Historic and at the Silverstone Classic.
'This is an incredibly exciting car, that carried one of the most well-known and loved British Formula 1 drivers to his first victory,' says Silverstone Auctions’ managing director Nick Whale. 'It’s a very important part of Formula One history that continues to be successfully raced. We’re very proud to offer it for sale during the Silverstone Classic event: it seems fitting that a car developed so nearby to Silverstone, at Lord Hesketh’s Northamptonshire estate, should be returning here to be sold with Silverstone Auctions.'