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  Chevron B16 Mazda
 

  Article Image gallery (13) CH-DBE-14 Specifications  
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Country of origin:Great Britain
Produced in:1970
Numbers built:23 (All engines)
Designed by:Derek Bennett
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:July 27, 2015
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Chassis: CH-DBE-14
The 11th Chevron B16 built, this example was sold to Belgian privateer racer Yves Deprez. He had the car fitted, not with the conventional Cosworth FVC, but with a Mazda-supplied twin rotary engine. The car was ready in time for the Spa 1000 km where Deprez shared with Julien Vernaeve to finish 15th overall. At the subsequent Nürburgring 1000 km the Belgain pair placed an even more impressive 10th. The Mazda-engined B16 was then entered at Le Mans, where it became the very first rotary powered machine to take part. The race did not last long as the engine failed even before Deprez could take over from Vernaeve. Later in the year, the Levi's liveried Chevron finished 5th overall at the Spa 500 km. Following a single, unsuccessful outing, the groundbreaking Chevron Mazda was retired from contemporary racing.

Deprez retained the car well into the 1980s, when it was acquired by the current, Swedish owner. He later explained that, at the time, he tried to virtually buy every Chevron that came to the market and this is one of the cars he has held on to ever since. Following the acquisition of this car, it was cleaned but never restored. We were told that it has most likely has not run since the early 1970s. On the occasion of the Mazda celebration at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed, this very important car in the Japanese company's Le Mans history made a rare public appearance.


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Last known location Swedish Historic Racer
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  Article Image gallery (13) CH-DBE-14 Specifications