1977 Chevron B36

1977 Chevron B36
Tom Gidden ©2016, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

The Chevron B36 was designed to enter the 2-liter racing class of sports car racing, with the chassis accepting various types of engines. Chassis 367705 was built by Chevron in May 1977 and delivered new to owner and driver Gordon Hamilton of Kansas. Fitted with the highly developed Cosworth BDG 1,975-cc, 4-cylinder engine, it was entered in many events during the 1977, 1978 and 1979 seasons. After the 1980 season it was put it into dry storage, where it remained for 27 years before it was sold to a dealer, where it was soon sold to its current owner in Switzerland.

The car is now presented with FIA HTP and has recently completed a two-year, frame-up restoration, costing in excess of €200,000 ($222,776), with invoices on file along with numerous images. The Cosworth BDG engine and Hewland FT-200 gearbox have also benefited from a complete rebuild, along with new FIA-compliant fuel tanks, ensuring that when this B36 returns to the track, it is in the best possible condition.

Thor Thorson

SCM Contributing Editor

Thor grew up in northern Iowa. His father bought a red Jag XK 150 in the late 1950s, and that was all it took; he has been in love with sports cars , racing cars and the associated adrenaline rush ever since. He has vintage raced for more than 20 years, the bulk of them spent behind the wheel of a blue Elva 7. When he’s not racing, he is president of Vintage Racing Motors Inc., a collector-car dealer and vintage-racing support company based in Redmond, WA. His knowledge runs the full spectrum of vintage racing, and he has put that expertise to good use for SCM since 2003.

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