Classic racecar for sale: 1968 Crossle 15F

A race-ready 1960s single-seater which has raced at Formula 1 circuits is heading to sale, and it has quite the history

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When purchasing a historic racing car, many choose to put it into storage and show it off as a relic of its time. Some put their cars back onto the track, long after they were first raced, which is what could be done with this Crossle 15F in our classifieds.

It raced at former Canadian Grand Prix venue Mosport this year, but is now being sold by Race Car Locators. This is one of three 15Fs built to 5.0-litre Formula 5000 specification, known as chassis C15F/68/40, and was built in 1968 ready for the 1969 racing season.

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Ralph Loesser was the first owner of the car, which has since ended up in the hands of several racers, and in a dilapidated state when Tim Osborne took it under his wing in 2004. It had not run in nearly three decades after being parked before the previous owner's death, who had raced it at Lime Rock, Watkins Glen and Pocono.

Seven years on from buying it, Osborne sold another 15F, chassis C15F/68/39, and began restoring C15F/68/40 so it could return to the race track. By 2014 it was back doing what it was designed to, and was raced by Osborne himself. He also drove the car, without issue, at Mosport this year.

The car is powered by a Chevrolet 302 engine, which can also be found in Camaros and old Trans-Am vehicles, and has downdraft Webers. The engine has done two races and the whole car just three since its extensive rebuild, having been nowhere near driveable when first purchased. The gearbox is a classic Hewland LG600.

If you're looking for a highly rare F5000 racer to hit the racing circuits of America – or perhaps fancy shipping it back to its home country – check out its AutoClassics classified listing.

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