We have the pleasure to offer for sale this gorgeous 1978 Ensign N177 chassis MN09.
Ensign was a Formula One constructor from Britain. They participated in 133 grands prix, entering a total of 155 cars and scored 19 championship points. The best result was a 4th place at the 1981 Brazilian Grand Prix by Marc Surer, who also took fastest lap of the race.
Ensign was founded by Morris Nunn (hence the MN in the chassis number) who also carried out design duties during the first two seasons of the team's existence. Nunn would later go on to be a prominent chief engineer in the American-based Champ Car series, winning championships with drivers Alex Zanardi and Juan Pablo Montoya in the late 1990s.
Four Ensign N177 were build and chassis MN09 was the very last one with 15 race starts in the Aurora FX Championship (1978 to 1984) driven by the likes of Val Musetti, Geoff Lees, John Goss, John Cooper, Tiff Needell and Mike Littlewood.
This N177 is a well known and class winning car on the historic F1 scene with the prior owner achieving podium finishes at Monaco Historic GP in 2008 and 2010. The current owner has continued to campaign MN09 successfully during the past few years whereby it has been looked after by Mirage Engineering who have over 20 years of experience in motorsport.
The car is sold without an engine (please note that a long stroke DFV is available as an option) and is in excellent condition throughout with everything (crack testing, fuel cell, fire extinguisher, harnesses, etc.) being fresh and/or current. MN09 benefits from a wide tub which accommodates most drivers and was fully rebuilt from the bare tub at the beginning of the 2015 season. Measurement and setup has been performed by reputed and well known Racedyn (Nigel Rees). Last but not least, the car comes with 2015 FIA HTP papers (valid until 2025) and a good spares package including various sets of wheels, suspension components, etc..
This Ensign N177 is priced to sell and ready to tackle the 2016 historic F1 season – for which it is the perfect entry - in the hands of its new, lucky owner !..... for more information visit www.RMD.be