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1980 March 80A Formula Atlantic

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This March 80A is one of the original Doug Shierson Racing March 80A cars. It is the sister car to Jacques Villeneuve’s Formula Atlantic Championship winning March 80A. The car still has the Shierson modified front suspension used by the team in 1980. The car comes with its log book dating back to 1986.

 
     
 

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The March has undergone a complete, professional, restoration. All the suspension has been stripped, crack-checked, and re-nickel plated. All magnesium has been crack checked and re-chromated. It has all new NMB rod ends. These are $75.00 each and there are 32 of them on the car. The car has all new AN hardware, new brake master cylinders, rebuilt AP Lockheed brake calipers, and new Aeroquip lines. All four Koni shocks have been rebuilt by True Choice. The radiator core is new, along with new water pipes and hoses. It has new Willans belts, new battery, and wiring. The engine is a fresh Dave Vegher 1600 BDD. The FT-200 gearbox has been completely stripped and rebuilt with a new CWP, and re-chromated. The rear wing is also new.

The March comes with documentation and a dyno sheet. It has two hours on it since the complete restoration, and has already turned front-running lap times.

Summary

“The list of Atlantic graduates over the past 32 years reads like a “who’s who” of open-wheel racing royalty. Rahal. Vasser. Villeneuve. Sullivan. Andretti. Rosberg. Tracy. Hornish. Wheldon. Every one of the aforementioned drivers used the series as a springboard to legendary careers in open-wheel racing worldwide. Ten of 28 Champ Car series championships have been won by former Atlantic competitors, including three-time Champ Car champion Bobby Rahal, 1988 champ Danny Sullivan, two-time champion Al Unser Jr., ’95 titlist Jacques Villeneuve, 1996 champion Jimmy Vasser and 2003 champ Paul Tracy. Michael Andretti, the 1983 Atlantic champion, parlayed his Atlantic success into a career that made him the winningest driver in Champ Car World Series history and earned him the 1991 series crown. Perhaps the most famous Formula Atlantic Champion was Gilles Villeneuve, who went on to a storied career with Ferrari in Formula One.
Atlantic graduates also accounted for 176 Champ Car victories through the end of the 2004-5 season, or 41 percent of all Champ Car races have been won by drivers who used Atlantic as their stepping stone. Two former Atlantic competitors, Keke Rosberg and Jacques Villeneuve, have become Formula One World Champions. Likewise, the winningest driver in Indy Racing League history and the Indy Car series’ only two-time champion, Sam Hornish Jr., came up through Champ Car Atlantic.” Champ Car.

Formula Atlantic cars have been invited to run at select events with the Historic Formula One cars in the U.S. In Australia, the Historic Formula Atlantic group has raced as part of the sensational A1 Grand Prix event. In Canada, historic Formula Atlantics have joined the Grand Am Cup cars in putting on a great show with former Atlantic champions, and championship winning cars, at Le Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres. The motorsports press has also begun to focus on the importance of the Formula Atlantic series, with feature articles in Sports Car magazine, Vintage Motorsport magazine, and Vintage Racecar.

The future for these cars in historic racing is very bright because of the series’ strong, and important, contribution to international motorsports at all levels, including the pinnacle, Formula One. Now is an excellent time to procure one of these cars before many more historic Formula Atlantic events are held, driving the market up. Where else can you get this performance for these prices?

We all have cars we wished we held onto years ago, and those that we wished we bought but did not. Don’t let a Formula Atlantic be one of those. Get it now and enjoy it now. Enjoy the appreciation of the fans and your fellow racers. It’s great! Also enjoy the market appreciation for years to come. These are awesome cars, great to drive, and great to look at just standing still.

The March is offered for $45,000. There are Formula Atlantics offered for less, and many offered for more. However, this car was the best of the best in 1980, with the sister Shierson Racing car winning the Formula Atlantic Championship. It is still the best of the best because of its meticulous restoration. Nearly everyone markets their car as “restored” and “race-ready.” But when you go see them, or it arrives on a truck, how many times is it the real deal? This car is a no-excuses car. It has all the best bits, and is in excellent condition. Arrive and drive with this car, and drive at the front.


Chassis Number: 8
Engine Number: N/A

 
       
 

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