Formula B Weapon – 1971 Brabham BT35

1971 Brabham BT35 - On The Move

The Brabham BT35 and BT36 were the last tube frame formula cars designed by Ron Tauranac and constructed by Motor Racing Developments in 1971 before they progressed to a stressed skin monocoque design. 1971 was also a formative time in formula car racing, as all the major manufacturers were adapting wings and big slick tires to both new and existing chassis, making cornering speeds rise drastically. But like the BT21, BT29 and BT30 before it, the BT35 was highly regarded for its straightforward design and its forgiving nature when driven at the limit. This drivability made it a popular and competitive choice for the racers going for it in European Formula 2 or 3 and American Formula Atlantic.

This beautiful blue and silver 1971 Brabham BT35, now located in Monterey, California, is chassis #44 of 47, and it was bought new by Agnes and Gray Mickel of Scotland, who campaigned the car in UK hill climbs during 1972 with a Brian Hart Twin Cam engine. Eventually, the engine was switched to a Cosworth FVC unit for Formula 2.

In 1975, a man named Rob Turnball bought the car and kept it for ten years before selling it to Fred Edwards in 1985. Edwards ran #44 in UK historic events up through 1991, including Thruxton in 1986. Some time later, it was purchased by David Irwin and made its way to the United States. In 2006, David Irwin of Colorado began a full restoration which included crack checks, powder-coating and nickel plating on all hardware and suspension members, and powder-coating on the frame. The body, wiring and plumbing were restored along with the purchase of new 10 and 14-inch Brabham mag wheels. Dave Vegher of Veloce Motors West in California then built up the Cosworth FVA. The chassis rebuild and installation of the engine and gearbox was finally completed in 2008.

The current owner has had the car since 2009, and in 2011 a completely rebuilt Hewland FT-200 gearbox and a new oil cooler were put in. In 2012, the FVA was completely rebuilt and dyno tuned. For the last four seasons it has raced in HMSA, CSRG, and Vintage SCCA, all the while looking fantastic. Today, the chassis, body, suspension and wheels are all in great condition, the FVA was exchanged for a fresh and well prepared Lotus VDS twin-cam unit wearing only dyno time and a single hour of race use. The engine build involved a new block, cylinder head, Webers, valves, cams, rods and pistons, accompanied by a sweet set of polished, stainless steel exhaust headers. All invoices, receipts, dyno sheets and HMSA logbook accompany the sale of the car. No expense has been spared with this Brabham during its long, illustrious life as a regularly campaigned racecar. This is a fantastic opportunity to own a turn-key competition car from a fantastic era in motor racing.

This 1971 Brabham BT35 is offered for $89,500 and is available for immediate inspection. For questions, or to schedule an appointment to inspect the car at its Northern California home, please email Brabham BT35 Seller or call +1 805-264-0801.

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