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ELF Tyrrell-Ford

Formula 1 Racing Car

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ELF Tyrrell-Ford
Formula 1 Racing Car

CORGI

Die-cast scale model with authentic decoration and Whizzwheels

 
 
 
Jackie Stewart's 1973 World Championship winning car' with the man himself aboard - you can tell by the stripe of tartan round his helmet

From the back of the box: "In 1973 Jackie Stewart won the World Championship driving a Tyrrell-Ford and brought his personal total of Grand Prix wins to an all-time record of 27. Fifteen of those GP victories were scored driving a Tyrrell-Ford designed by Derek Gardner and built by the Tyrrell Racing Organization in their workshops at Ockham in Surrey. The modern Grand Prix Tyrrell reflects the ultimate in performance engineering. Every part of the car is designed for speed within regulations governing minimum weight and safety. It is essentially half a car. The 460 horsepower Ford-Cosworth V8 engine is stressed and is actually the back half of the Tyrrell with the rear suspension and the 5-speed Hewland gearbox mounted to it. The driver reclines in a leather-lined cockpit tailored more. carefully than a Saville Row suit to guarantee a minimum of fatigue through discomfort in a 200-mile (322 km) race. The chassis of the car is an aluminium monocoque tub built around the driver and containing special safety fuel cells that hold a total of 38½ gallons (175 litres). The disc brakes are mounted inboard front and rear to gain the advantage of reduced unsprung weight. The Tyrrell-Ford was a record-breaker from its first appearance late in 1970 and during its first full season as a ‘front-line’ car for Elf Team Tyrrell in 1971, Jackie Stewart won 6 GP’s to take the World Championship. An impressive debut for Ken Tyrrell’s brand new racing car! In fact, Stewart went on to win a staggering total of 8 GP’s driving the same Tyrrell-Ford, a record in Formula 1 racing. In 1972 he won 4 GP’s to finish second in the World Championship, and in 1973 he won 3 GP’s to win the World Championship for the third time before announcing his retirement from racing. Designs of modern racing cars change continuously, to varying degrees, in fact cars are seldom identical in consecutive Grand Prix. Our Tyrrell is that raced by Jackie Stewart at the end of his astonishing career."

Corgi made this car from 1974 to 1978, it is always blue with ELF sponsorship and RN1. No variations are listed.

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