1982 Van Diemen for sale: the brand that helped Aytron Senna to victory

Raced by the likes of Ayrton Senna, the Van Diemen remains one of historical racings most prominent brands. Here's a great example you can own!

Back in 2010, plans were rolling to merge Van Diemen activities with Élan Van Diemen – the boffins behind some of Formula Ford’s most successful racers. Contracted to craft vehicles for the Mazda powered championship, the Van Diemen lineage dissolved into the ether. New cars solely trumpeted Élan badging.

This development may not have stopped the world from turning, but for racing enthusiasts proud of heritage and narration, the deletion of Van Diemen came as a bit of a blow.

Unlike the majority of defunct car brands out there, the Van Diemen still enjoys healthy enthusiast following – especially the RF82.

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As the most successful Formula Ford 2000 of its era, famously clinching the 1982 British and European Championship at the hands of one Ayrton Senna, the frame itself is currently the most popular chassis in the HSCC/URS Classic FF2000 championship. Not to mention being eligible for numerous race series in Europe.

The problem is finding one that hasn’t been ragged to within a square inch of its life. These powerplants and drivetrain are pushed hard, but we’ve got the perfect one for sale in our classifieds.

This outstanding example has been meticulously prepared to a very high standard and been little used since. It is offered in totally race ready condition with very low mileage.

Behind the driver lurks a Damico engine built from expertly-selected components, supplied with a comprehensive and high quality spares package; including 8 new wheels, new front and rear uprights, new front and rear wishbones, spare ratios and extra body panels.

Unlike most racing sales, this Van Diemen comes with everything you need to go racing. The spares alone retail beyond £5k. Not just that, but you’ll be piloting a brand that F1’s greatest driver once honed his skills with.

The car is fully FIA compliant, registered with the French racing federation and has a French Logbook. Quite frankly, this is an immaculate package.

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