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Lot 248: Diva GT D-Type

Exceptional Motor Cars and Motorcycles, Bonhams (2 February 2012)

First registered for the road on 12th April 1965, chassis number 'D/38' is one of the 65 highly successful Diva GTs made between 1962 and 1966. It was the works demonstrator and was used for homologation purposes by the RAC (FIA Recognition No. 228, Group 4). The car was first raced at Goodwood in May 1965 by Sir Jon Samuel, who continued to campaign it into 1967, sometimes sharing the driving with Mike Franey. In 1972 the car was acquired by Scott Stallwood Racing and two years later was reacquired by Diva Cars founder, Don Sim. It later passed into the ownership of Lotus 23B racer Mike Pendlebury, who raced it at Brands Hatch and Donington Park in 1980. (The car's racing history in the 1970s/1980 is still being researched). Sold to John Corfield to replace his earlier Diva that was destroyed in an accident, 'D/38' was raced extensively by Corfield in the 1980s. In 1983 he won the HSCC Championship with the Diva, had two outright wins at Oulton Park and Snetterton in 1984, and tied on points for the 1986 title. In its April 1987 edition, Motor Sport reported that 'John Corfield's Diva holds more HSCC circuit records than any other driver/car combination.' The car was then acquired by Ivo Goeckmann (in the 1990s) and completely restored between 1999 and 2002. In 2001 the 1,144cc Cosworth engine was rebuilt by Urban Fassler of Sauber at Hinwil, Switzerland and is said to develop 122.7bhp at 8,660rpm. Goeckmann raced the Diva at the Nürburgring Oldtimer GP in 2002 and at Trofeo Ascari, Imola that same year. Its last race with Goeckmann was at Monza in 2003. The current owner acquired the Diva in November 2008. During 2009 a number of improvements were made including widening the pedal box, strengthening the differential mounts, mounting front/rear tow hooks and other minor items including remounting door hinges, etc. Since then the car has been taken to Le Luc circuit for a day's testing and checking without any problems. We are advised that the battery is kept fully charged and the engine turned over regularly. Eligible for many historic events including the Goodwood Revival's Fordwater Trophy, the car is offered with its original UK logbooks for the registration mark 'LVW 196C'.

Lot Details
Auction Exceptional Motor Cars and Motorcycles
Bonhams, La Halle Freyssinet, Paris
TypeCar
Lot Number248
Estimate€60000-€70000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price€55000
Hammer Price (inc premium)€63250
Year1964
Condition rating
Registration number
Mileage-
Chassis numberD/38
Engine number109E-6015
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2