17 May 1999
1962 BORA FORMULA V SINGLE SEATER
Chassis no. To be advised
Engine no. F 191 46 35
Blue and yellow with black seat.
Engine: rear-mounted VW flat four air cooled, pushrod overhead valves, single Zenith carburettor 32 NDIX, 1285cc (est.) 50bhp at 4600rpm; Gearbox: manual four speed with synchromesh; Suspension: fully independent, front by double trailing arms and torsion bars, rear by swing axle and coil springs; Brakes: hydraulically operated drum. Single seater.
Formula Vee was one of the many International classes supported by the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile through the years to provide low-cost, safe yet competitive single-seat racing. It largely succeeded in its aims, and fiercely contested racing championships were a regular feature of the season around the world. Formula Vee regulations were tightly drawn and based on the 1300cc air cooled Volkswagen sedan, the internationally loved "Beetle". Engine, transmission, suspension, wheels and tyres were all from that source and could be only mildly modified. There was some latitude in carburation and exhaust systems and adjustable suspension was permitted. Dimensions and weight were also specified. Top speed was not great, but drivers had about 50bhp at their toes in a tidy little single seater weighing only 375kg. It was hugely entertaining. Makers in several countries built suitable racers, many owners opting for the lower-cost kit alternative. Bora claimed to be the front-ranking French marque. They used a stiff multi-tubular chassis with moulded fibreglass body panels and the engine/gearbox unit installed low in the chassis behind the driver.
Originally supplied as a kit in 1962, this Bora remained unbuilt until 1989, receiving its Fiche d'Indentite FIA in June of that year. Its French driver used it in a couple of races before selling it to a Swiss owner, who ran it in three slalom events. The present owner purchased it from him last year. Resplendent in light blue and yellow, with lovingly polished suspension and exhausts, this Bora is described as in excellent condition, its state confirming that it has had very little use. There is a growing interest in limited-class historic racing cars, and this easily maintained single seater would be a suitable mount for a newcomer or an experienced driver competing on a budget.
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