Lot #573 - Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction - James Hunt's (Chris Hemsworth) Hesketh 308 F1 Car

Stock #127814

This lot will be sold on Wednesday August 27th (day 2 of the auction.) Lots 434-870 will be sold on day 2 (lots 1-433 will be sold on day 1). The auction will begin at 10:00AM PDT. Lots are sold sequentially so there is no preset ending time. A live streaming broadcast of the auction will be available on auction days.

James Hunt's (Chris Hemsworth) Hesketh 308 F1 car from the production of Ron Howard's Formula 1 racing biopic Rush. Hunt's very first Formula 1 team was Hesketh Racing, owned and funded by Hunt's friend, Lord Hesketh (Christian McKay). This vehicle is one of only nine prop cars built for the film; the remaining vehicles were genuine period race cars. It features a Reynard Opel Lotus chassis with a fiberglass body, a two-liter Vauxhall engine with a dry sump oil system, a Reynard gearbox casing with Hewland five-speed H-pattern internals, and a white paint finish with vinyl decals featuring Hunt's number, "24," Scottish and English national flags, the team's name, and "James." No sponsor logos are present, as the self-funded team famously did not believe in sponsors.

The chassis was designed to accept many different exterior shells, allowing the same platform to serve as different vehicles in the film. After completing the required scenes as Hunt's car, the body shell was redressed by the production team for driver Harald Ertl (Tom Wlaschiha), who also raced in a Hesketh. A new set of vinyl decals have since been produced and re-applied to restore it to its original form as Hunt's signature vehicle. The vinyl decals were created by the same vendor who created the originals for the film and are identical.

These custom-built prop cars are renowned for their authenticity, and the mechanics working on Rush stated they had difficulty discerning the difference between the prop vehicles and the originals. However, as this car is substantially modified from its original engineering, it should not be used to drive. It is drained of all fluids with its battery removed, and remains in good, static "rolling only" condition. This item is currently stored in the Northeast of the U.S.

Dimensions: 189" x 79" x 39" (480 cm x 200 cm x 100 cm)

Contains mechanical components; see notice in the Buyer's Guide

Special shipping required; see notice in the Buyer's Guide

Estimate: $18,000 - 22,000

Certificate of Authenticity This item comes with a Prop Store Certificate of Authenticity.

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