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Lot 126 - 1976 March F3 763

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ESTIMATE €50,000- €60,000

Auction Legende et Passion May 2016
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Lot Number 126
Reg. Number EU Taxes Paid
Chassis Number 16
Year 1976
Make March
Model F3

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Description

March sprang into life in 1969 with four men from various racing backgrounds coming together to start a company whose ideas were nothing if not grand. Max Mosely, lawyer and average racing driver, Alan Rees, quite an accomplished racing driver, Graham Coaker, former Hawker Siddeley employee and Robin Herd, F1 designer, the initials of their surnames gave the March name. From the beginning March announced they would be building cars for just about all formulae, F1, F2, F3, FB, F Ford and Sports Cars. The four founders announced they had a “mystery” sponsor that gave them a sound financial basis for the company, a few years down the line it emerged the mysterious backer was actually an invention to hide just how short of money the company actually was. The first March was the 693 F3 car produced at the end of 1969 and driven by Ronnie Peterson but for 1970 F1 cars were built for the works team of Chris Amon and Jo Siffert, the Tyrrell team of Jackie Stewart and Francois Cevert, the STP team of Mario Andretti and the Antiques Automobiles car of Ronnie Peterson, a very impressive line-up for your first year in F1. By the end of the season March had won their first GP (Stewart in Spain) and the March name was securely established.

Over the years March had an on-off relationship with F1, usually plagued by a lack of money and often Second Division drivers and as a result never really succeeding in becoming a real force. However in production racing cars it was a different story and March produced a string of highly competitive race winning cars in F2, F3 and Indy car racing. By the early 90s financial difficulties caused by diversification into many different fields meant that March finally left motorsport in somewhat ignominious circumstances.

In the 1976 for the first time the March F3 cars were facing a serious sustained challenge from a number of other teams, notably Chevron, Ralt and Modus. Chevron and Ralt were particularly reckoned to be easier to drive and set up (especially the wide track Chevron) than the 763. Of the two British championships Bruno Giacomelli won the lesser Shellsport Championship whilst team mate Rupert Keegan won the more prestigious BP Championship (after helping Giacomelli off the track at the final Thruxton round). Conny Andersson almost won the European Championship, tying on points with Patrese but loosing on countback. All the drivers mentioned used Toyota power although a pair of 763s were run equipped with Holbay-Triumph engines. Total F3 763 production: 16.

The March 763 offered today is the last one produced, the chassis number #16 of the 16 built. It was one of the latest car prepared from Pane and it comes to the sale in conditions ready-to-race. This March 763 is offered with its HTP, ready to be used in the most important race meetings.


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