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Lot 563: Tiga SF 76 FF "Racing Car"

Grand Palais Sale, Bonhams (7 February 2013)

This most attractive little Formula Ford car was manufactured originally by the British-based company of Tiga Race Cars which had been founded in 1974 by a pair of technically-minded former Formula 1 drivers the Australian Tim Schenken and the New Zealander Howden Ganley. The company name, obviously, was derived fromtheir respective first and second names,'Tim' and 'Ganley'  and it was pronounced 'Tiger' not 'Tiggah'. In later years Tim Schenken would opt out of the partnership, returning to his native Australia where he became head of the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport governing body, while Howden Ganley continued before selling the business after a most successful career. By the time the company ceased manufacture after some 15 years activity, it had constructed nearly 400 chassis to compete in a wide range of formulae, including: Formula Ford, Formula Ford 2000, Formula Atlantic/Pacific, Thundersports, Can-Am, Sports 2000, Formula K, IMSA and Group C endurance racing. Victories were achieved in numerous series and individual events and many of the cars built by Tiga continue to provide good service and some immensely enjoyable Historic racing today, including the example now offered here. Drivers of Tiga-built cars won numerous events and championship titles over the years, including three European, four British, and one American Championship titles in Sport 2000, two Australian Drivers' Championships plus multiple Group C2 class victories in the Le Mans 24-Hours Grand Prix d'Endurance and the Daytona 24-Hours in Florida. The prominent Spice Engineering team used a Spice-Tiga GC85-Ford to win the Group C2 Teams Championship title in 1985 while Tiga won the 1988 Camel Lights Championship for Manufacturers in the North American IMSA GTP Championship competition. Cars such as the well-presented Tiga now offered here were also front runners in contemporary Formula Ford racing, virtually worldwide. This most attractive Tiga FF is in generally excellent condition and fitted with a pre-cross flow twin carb 1600cc Ford engine and 4-speed Hewland gearbox. Finished in BRG with black upholstery, it is ready to race.

Lot Details
Auction Grand Palais Sale
Bonhams, Paris, France
TypeCar
Lot Number563
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price€10000
Hammer Price (inc premium)€11500
Year1976
Condition rating1
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Mileage-
Chassis number20
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Engine - cylinders
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