1972 Vauxhall Magnum 2.3L race car


  • Dealer Team Vauxhall official race car in iconic Gulf livery
  • Raced by Gerry Marshall at the Spa 24 hours in 1976
  • Part of the team that won the Constructor’s Trophy at the Spa 24 hours 1977, finishing 8th overall
  • Goodwood membership eligible
  • Gerry Marshall Trophy & Auto Tour eligible
  • Mechanically overhauled 2014

The Appeal

Do you want to own a piece of racing history? This is an official Dealer Team Vauxhall car, raced by none other than seventies racing royalty Gerry Marshall and achieving notable success in the hands of Willy Braillard and Rene Tricot in the 1977 Spa 24 hour race where it placed 8th overall and was part of the team that secured the Constructor’s Trophy. Presented in iconic Gulf colours and with the original team branding still in place, it is believed to be the only surviving car from the team of three and was a former exhibit at the Spa Francorchamps museum where it was properly cared for and received a full mechanical overhaul in 2014.

In as-raced condition inside and out, with straight bodywork and mechanically ready to go, this car is a collector’s item which could also be taken racing again with the necessary updates to its safety equipment. We think that it would be a glorious sight out on the racetrack again but would equally understand if the next owner chose to preserve it in its current state. If you want the choice to be yours then get your bid in now!

The History and Paperwork

  • History of racing success in period
  • Folder of race history with photographs, highlights including:
    • Raced by Gerry Marshall in the 24H Spa 1976 
    • Willy Braillard/Rene Tricot achieved 8th overall 24H Spa 1977, with the team also winning the Constructor’s Trophy
  • Previously displayed in the Spa Francorchamps Museum at Stavelot Abbey
  • Subject to a full mechanical refresh in 2014
  • With some light recommissioning, ready to be enjoyed

The Interior

  • Original and unrestored
  • Fully stripped for racing
  • Period modifications for some switches and gauges

To climb into the cabin of this car is to enter the seventies professional racing driver’s place of work. It’s been kept completely original which means that the seat, for example,  has seen better days but then even if you decided to go racing again and replaced it with a newer FIA-compliant item, you would surely want to keep hold of the currently installed period bucket seat and Schroth harnesses.

The dashboard is remarkably complete and adorned with a smattering of additional dials and switches. Rest assured though that the starting procedure will be fully explained to the new owner! The boot houses a repositioned fuel tank which, like all of the safety equipment, will need to be reviewed for its suitability prior to going racing again but even if it were just to be used for trackdays, this car clearly belongs on a race track.

The Exterior 

  • Iconic Gulf colour scheme
  • Straight bodywork
  • Original condition

Following its success at Spa in 1977, this car was immortalised as a diecast model and it still wears the same insignia (minus the race number) to this day. Life on the racetrack can be tough and naturally the car did suffer from some minor racing incidents during its competition years but the resulting dents have been long since removed, with photographs demonstrating the work that was carried out. The bodywork is now straight and true, and the whole car presents well although, as a race car, it’s clearly not a concours car.

The underside is reported to be in good condition, showing only surface corrosion and no signs of any damage. The wheels are in very good condition and wear a matching set of Yokohama tyres which were fitted as part of the 2014 refresh. There are a pair of spotlights in the boot which are not currently fitted but would complete the 24 hour racer look and we would be very tempted to get them reinstalled.

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The Mechanics 

  • Full mechanical overhaul 2014
  • Runs well
  • Spares bundle included

The 2.3 litre race engine was apparently good for 185hp and, following the refresh carried out in 2014, is said to race well but, should the worst happen, there’s an extensive set of spares including two engines which come with the car. Naturally we’d advocate a thorough review of all mechanical elements before heading out to the track in anger but the ingredients all look to be there for a thrilling time on the circuit.


A rare opportunity to acquire a piece of racing history that can be preserved or taken racing again, according to the next owner’s desire.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1972
  • Make Vauxhall
  • Model Magnum Race car
  • Colour Green
  • Odometer 5,300 Miles
  • Engine size 2279
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Liege
  • Country Belgium
Bidding history
25 bids
  • cosmos.•••• €57,700 27/02/22
  • saunder•••• €55,750 27/02/22
  • Bill M €53,250 27/02/22
  • saunder•••• €52,750 27/02/22
  • Bill M €50,150 27/02/22
  • saunder•••• €49,900 27/02/22
  • Bill M €47,500 27/02/22
  • gregor-•••• €45,000 27/02/22
  • saunder•••• €43,200 27/02/22
  • gregor-•••• €39,000 27/02/22

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