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Country of origin:France
Produced from:1975 - 1978
Numbers built:4
Successor:Renault-Alpine A443
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:July 23, 2012
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Chassis: 442/2
Produced ahead of the 1976 season, this is the third A442 built. It was first raced by Henri Pescarolo and Jean-Pierre Jarier at the Monza 4 Hours where they finished third. It was a spare at Le Mans and later in the year qualified on pole position for the Coppa Florio. It was on pole again at Dijon and this time finished second. In 1977, it was raced at Le Mans only with Jacques Laffite and Patrick Depailler qualifying second but ultimately retiring from the race with an engine failure.

It was pressed back into service for Le Mans the following year. Official records suggest that the car was the #3 A442 A entered for Jarier and Derek Bell. Later research by Pierre Abeillon, who inspected the distinct features on each chassis very closely, revealed it could also very well have been the #2 A442 B that was ultimately driven to victory by Didier Pironi and Jean-Pierre Jaussaud. That car is listed as 442/3, which is still owned by Renault, who understandably are adamant that they have the winning car.

Convinced it was not the winning car, Renault Sport sold 442/2 to Jean Sage, who was the director of Renault's Formula 1 team between 1977 and 1985. During the 1980s, it was sold to Adrien Maeght, who displayed it in his Musee de l'Automobiliste in Mougins for over 25 years. In 2014, it joined the collection of enthusiast dealer Jean Guikas. Understood to be the only privately owned A442 and sporting the #2 Le Mans winning livery, it was consigned in 2021 to the RM Sotheby's Guikas Collection sale.


Chassis details
Manufactured in 1976
First owner Renault Sport
Last known location Jean Guikas
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  Article Image gallery (55) Chassis (2) 442/2 Specifications