Orig­i­nal Costin Nathan sports pro­to­type set to go un­der the ham­mer

Motor Sport News - - Historics -

The orig­i­nal works pro­to­type Costin Nathan sports-rac­ing car will be of­fered for sale at Chateau Imp­ney next month af­ter spending 45 years in stor­age.

First seen at the 1966 Rac­ing Car Show, the car was a joint ven­ture be­tween racer-con­struc­tor Roger Nathan and aero­dy­nam­i­cist Frank Costin. It uses a cen­tral ply­wood mono­coque tub with steel sub­frames and an alu­minium body.

Nathan raced the car in 1966 with a Hill­man Imp engine and scored class wins in­clud­ing at the Coupe de Paris at Montl­h­ery. It was sold at the end of the sea­son to help fund a Le Mans en­try and was bought by GM Horlsey who en­tered it in 1967 for Chris Meek.

How­ever, un­re­li­a­bil­ity dogged the project and even­tu­ally Hors­ley put it into stor­age un­til his death. Now, his fam­ily have put it up for auc­tion with H&H and it has a guide price of £25,000 to £30,000.

Costin needs restora­tion

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