Lot 227

London 2011

1970/1 Huron 4A 2-Litre Sports Prototype


£84,000 GBP | Sold

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Chassis No.
Addendum: Please note this car has a period correct 2-litre BDG, alloy fuel injected motor produced 280 bhp, not 225, as printed in the catalog.
Please note this vehicle is offered on a Bill of Sale only.

225 bhp, 1,790 cc Ford Cosworth FVC twin cam four, Hewland FT200 gearbox, independent suspension all around and four-wheel disc brakes.

• Ex-Camel Filters-sponsored racing car

• One of only two Huron Type 4As built

• Restored and liveried as raced in 1971

• FIA-eligible racer

Huron Auto Racing Developments, Ltd. was formed with the goal of building single-seat racing and sports cars backed by Camel cigarette manufacturers, R.J. Reynolds. The Huron 4A was designed by Swiss engineer Jo Marquart who had just left McLaren Cars to join the new venture. Canadian Jack Smith was the Managing Director, which influenced the maple leaf emblem. Marquart was another director, as was Roy Ireland. The intention was to have entries for F2 and F3 races with Formula Ford and sports-racing entries to follow.

Its first model, the 4A, was a single-seater and was of monocoque design with a semi-stressed engine, nose radiators reminiscent of Marquart’s McLaren influence and suspension comprised of inboard lower wishbone/top rocker front suspension with parallel lower links and coil springs on the rear. The firm’s first models of the 4A were initially raced at the 1971 BOAC 1000 at Brands Hatch, which was part of the World Sports Car Championship from 1967 until 1989. During the race, the car was driven by Roger Enever and Shaun Jackson but withdrew due to differential failure. It was later entered at Spa but did not race.

Like many other companies, Huron did not last due to a lack of financial resources, which in part led to Jo Marquart’s departure to join Mike Warner’s Group Racing Developments. By mid-1973, Huron filed for bankruptcy and the two Huron 4As produced, chassis 01 and 02, were repossessed by R.J. Reynolds.

In 1972 the two completed cars were supplied to Dutch manufacturer DAF as part of a sponsorship agreement that allowed the firm to demonstrate their revolutionary variomatic gearbox. While chassis 02 was converted to the new style gearbox for demonstration at the Belgium Hill Climb Championship, chassis 01 retained its original Hewland FT200 gearbox. Shortly thereafter, both cars were sold to an American racer who used them in the SCCA races in the United States. They were then sold again in the mid-1970s as a pair to Dean Dietrich before being separated.

Chassis 01 passed to Harry Bekkela in 1972, Colin Pool in 1994 and Steve Watkins in 1997. It was later acquired by Simon Hadfield and Lee Champan; the pair later acquired chassis 02 in 1999 from Dean Dietrich. Under Mr. Hadfield’s ownership, both cars were fully restored to their original race-prepped configurations. Chassis 02 was restored with an original variomatic transmission and is now part of the DAF Collection, and the offering here, chassis 01, is offered with its original specification Hewland gearbox.

It is restored with a 2.0 BDA engine in its original R.J. Reynolds livery. Under current ownership, FIA papers have been applied for, and this car will be the perfect entry for the HSCC racing series or for the Classic Endurance Racing Series. Chassis 01 is proudly offered in its original configuration with full known ownership history as well as ample photo-documentation of its appearances throughout the years.