1938 Coventry Victor Special Project


  • Entirely unique project inspired by the 1938 Coventry-Victor
  • N Type engine with newly constructed body and frame
  • Entirely bespoke and handmade, developed by a late Design Engineer for Formula 1

The Appeal

This entirely unique project was the creation of an ex-Formula 1 design engineer - an ambitious garage project built after the 1938 Coventry-Victor Special. While it was sadly never completed, the bare bones are still here for a truly exceptional project car.

All components are in good condition and specially chosen for the vehicle, with the Coventry-Victor Type N engine, wheels, steering wheel and mechanism, gearbox, accelerator and clutch all present in good order, mounted onto an entirely bespoke chassis, floor and framework. 

This is a unique opportunity to complete a highly unusual project. 

The History and Paperwork

  • Paperwork for components included
  • Printed brochures, diagrams and invoices included
  • Largely inspired by 1938 Coventry-Victor special 
  • Bespoke, hand-built body built to very high standards
  • Copies of Designer's original drawings will be included in the sale

The Interior

  • Bare bones interior that is not yet completed
  • Stored dry and kept clean, ready for work to recommence
  • No seats yet installed
  • No chassis floor yet installed
  • A suitably blank canvas for the ambitious home engineer

The Exterior 

  • Bare metal bodywork completed to a high standard
  • Good quality wheels, though front-right wheel needs alignment 
  • Exposed Coventry engine mounted on heavy-duty framework
  • All in good, clean condition ready for work to recommence 

The Mechanics 

  • 1938 Coventry N-type engine, exposed and in good, clean condition
  • Horizontally-opposed vibrationless twin design operating between 688-998cc
  • Davall Bevel Type 4000 gearbox
  • Some light wear and corrosion to components due to vintage nature
  • No signs of major faults though vehicle is untested


This is an impressive piece of kit built by a gifted design engineer. There’s no doubt it’ll be an enjoyable design project for its new owner, and will eventually lead to a truly fascinating vehicle.  

It’s rare that a project like this arrives with such beautifully manufactured components, and should make an excellent framework for the next engineer to get their hands on it. A unique example with an impressive pedigree'

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1938
  • Make Coventry
  • Model Victor Special
  • Colour Silver
  • Odometer 0
  • Engine size 998
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Norwich
  • Location Norfolk
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
14 bids from 8 bidders
  • charlie•••• £1,900 21/11/22
  • conques•••• £1,700 21/11/22
  • Paul he £1,600 21/11/22
  • conques•••• £1,500 21/11/22
  • Paul he £1,400 21/11/22
  • conques•••• £1,300 21/11/22
  • mark-th•••• £1,200 21/11/22
  • conques•••• £1,100 21/11/22
  • aitchpe•••• £1,000 21/11/22
  • conques•••• £900 21/11/22

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