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c.1965 Tecno Formula 4 Monoposto - SOLD


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Formed as 'Tecnokart' by brothers Luciano and Gianfranco Pederzani in 1962, the Italian firm built karts at first before diversifying into larger types of open-wheel racing cars and eventually Formula 1. Tecno arrived on the international stage in 1966 as a manufacturer of Formula 3 cars, which were characterised by a short wheelbase and forward driving position. Within a couple of years the Tecno was the car to beat in Formula 3, achieving 32 victories out of 65 major international races in 1968, while in 1969 Ronnie Peterson, driving a Novamotor-engined example, won 14 races including the prestigious support race at the Monaco Grand Prix. 

Tecno's first move away from karts was with a car for Formula 4. The latter was one of the many low-cost formulae dreamt up in the mid-1960s, and catered for cars powered by 250cc production motorcycle engines. Tecno's effort, the K250, usually came with a 250cc Ducati engine installed.

My car is indeed one of these Tecno K250, which I believe originally had a 250cc Ducati engine. Althought the car does not currently have an engine, I know that a number of different engines can fit in the chassis, depending on what race series you want to compete in. Indeed the car has previously had fitted a 500cc Maico engine (no longer with the car). Depending on the engine, I believe these F4 cars are eligible for a number of series, both in the UK and the continent, including HSCC Formula Junior (Class G7) and 500 Formula 3 circuit racing, along with a number of sprint and hill climb series.

As you can hopefully see in the photos, the Tecno needs some re-commissioning before being put back into use, but I believe that all the parts are there for the car aside from the engine. The car is also fitted with rare JA Pearce Magna Alloys. With a bit of work, the Tecno offers a very interesting and affordable entry into historic motorsport or altenatively a nice addition to a private collection.

The Tecno is located in Gloucestershire, near Chipping Campden and is sold 'as seen', so I recommend viewing the car in person. 

Open to offers.