Daytona Beach, FL — Plan to bid online or in person on a significant piece of motorsports history coming to Mecum’s Indianapolis auction July 18 with all proceeds going to the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (MSHFA).
March 82C — the first March 82C built — was purchased by Forsythe Racing for former Formula 1 driver Hector Rebaque, who scored a sensational win over MSHFA inductees Al Unser (Class of 1991), Bobby Rahal (Class of 2004) and Rick Mears (Class of 1998) at the 1982 CART Road America 200 IndyCar race. It was the Mexican driver’s first and only IndyCar victory and his greatest international win.
The Robin Herd-designed chassis was purchased at the end of the season by McLaren Engines, Inc. in Livonia, Mich., to serve as a test bed for the development of the 209-cubic inch “stock block” Buick V6 Turbo engine that would debut at the Indianapolis 500 in 1984.
A Buick V6 Turbo powered car won the pole at the 1985 Indianapolis 500, earning the prestigious Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Louis Schwitzer Award for Buick’s Ron Kociba and Joe Negri.
In the later 1980s, March 82C No. 1 was adorned with its current Jim Crawford/Mac Tools/King Motorsports livery to serve as a show car for Buick’s later Indianapolis 500 efforts. It was donated to the MSHFA in the early 1990s and has been on static display since.
“This is a chance for one very lucky racing enthusiast to own an important part of IndyCar and Indianapolis 500 history,” said MSHFA President George Levy. “The winning bidder will not only acquire a significant race car but will also support the vital work of the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in preserving the legacy of our sport.”