1985 March 85C Indianapolis
$50,000 - $80,000Offered Without Reserve
RM | Online Only - THE MITOSINKA COLLECTION 16 - 25 SEPTEMBER 2020 - Auction Closes on 25 September 2020
- Said to be the car raced by Jacques Villeneuve for the Canadian Tire team
- Reportedly finished 5th at the 1985 Indianapolis 500, driven by Johnny Parsons, Jr.
- Long-term display piece with 'as-raced' patina
The Mitosinka Collection’s March was, according to its owner, the car driven by Jacques Villeneuve under the ownership of the Canadian Tire team during the 1984 season, initially as an 83C and subsequently as an 84C.
The following year Villeneuve continued to compete in the car, now as an 85C. According to Mr. Mitosinka, he failed to qualify at the Indianapolis 500, however, so the car was taken over for that event by Johnny Parsons and finished fifth overall. Afterward the car is said to have raced for the remainder of the 1985 season by Mr. Villeneuve, with its best finishes being a first overall at Elkhart Lake and third overall at Mid-Ohio.
|1984||Model||Driver, Racing Number||Finished||Total Points|
|Long Beach||83C||Jacques Villeneuve (6)||6th|
|Phoenix||83C||Jacques Villeneuve (6)||13th|
|Portland||83C||Jacques Villeneuve (6)||6th|
|Meadowlands||84C||Jacques Villeneuve (6)||15th|
|Cleveland||84C||Jacques Villeneuve (6)||9th|
|Sanair||84C||Jacques Villeneuve (6)||8th|
|Phoenix||84C||Jacques Villeneuve (6)||9th|
|Laguna Seca||84C||Jacques Villeneuve (6)||24th|
|Las Vegas||84C||Jacques Villeneuve (6)||15th|
|1985||Model||Driver, Racing Number||Finished||Total Points|
|Long Beach||85C||Jacques Villeneuve (8)||7th|
|Indianapolis||85C||Johnny Parsons, Jr. (29)||5th|
|Milwaukee||85C||Jacques Villeneuve (8)||22nd|
|Portland||85C||Jacques Villeneuve (8)||23rd|
|Meadowlands||85C||Jacques Villeneuve (8)||21st|
|Cleveland||85C||Jacques Villeneuve (8)||4th|
|Elkhart Lake||85C||Jacques Villeneuve (8)||1st|
|Mid-Ohio||85C||Jacques Villeneuve (8)||3rd|
|Sanair||85C||Jacques Villeneuve (8)||11th|
|Laguna Seca||85C||Jacques Villeneuve (8)||25th|
|Phoenix||85C||Jacques Villeneuve (8)||13th|
|Miami||85C||Jacques Villeneuve (8)||17th|
Mr. Mitosinka acquired the March for his collection in 1999, at one of the first RM Auctions sales to be held in California. Its steering system was rebuilt shortly thereafter but it has remained otherwise largely a display piece in the collection ever since, in “as-raced” condition. The engine in the car is an incomplete block and a new engine would need to be built in order to return the car to the track.
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