1987 March 87C “Kraco” Indy Race Car

The CART series has long been America’s premier open wheel racing series, and with multiple championships, the Andretti racing family has been its most favored winners. Father and son Mario and Michael had overlapping careers, giving fans splendid battles for first place, with neither family member giving an inch.

The March 87C on offer here was flown to Kraco Enterprises’ racing headquarters in Compton, CA, on January 14, 1987. Over 15 races that year in the PPG Indy Car World Series, Michael Andretti enjoyed a sensational season with chassis 87C-06, finishing second in the championship by the narrowest of margins with 158 points. Andretti scored two pole positions and qualified in the top five 13 times, winning four races at Milwaukee, Michigan, Nazareth and Miami.

While most of the Indy cars one sees for sale have “also-ran” history or are non-running cars, by comparison, the car presented here was piloted by a famous driver and is historic race prepared. The present owner reports that the car is very original, with nothing altered or changed. He further informs us that it is fitted with a fresh Cosworth DFX motor, and comes with both oval and road course body work, plus the usual miscellaneous spares.

Thor Thorson

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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