1989 DARRIAN T90 PROTOTYPE – EX-ROBIN HERD

KEY FACTS

  • Formerly owned by March Formula 1 team co-founder and designer, Robin Herd, this Darrian is essentially the T90 Prototype.
  • It started life as a T9 with a 2.4-litre engine, before Herd asked the owner of Darrian, Tim Duffy, if he could assess the car in the March Formula 1 team's wind tunnel.
  • Following this testing and development, the fitment of a new rear wing and side skirts was proposed, developed by Herd and colleagues, and a deal was done with Darrian that created the T90.
  • Later sold to Peter Sanson, after testing at the Goodwood race circuit. At the time it was equipped with a Hart 420 engine, but the terms of the deal excluded the engine.
  • It is now equipped with a rebuilt 2.0-litre Cosworth YB engine, producing around 267bhp, coupled with a TXL250 Evo sequential gearbox
  • Peter’s son Martin Sanson won numerous rallies in the car, following on from the wins notched up by Robin Herd in 1990 at the Valvechatters and Rushmoor stages.
  • Fit for competition rallying, with a new MSA passport, valid bucket seats and six-point harnesses.

EQUIPMENT AND OPTIONS

  • Fitted with AP Racing four-pot brake callipers and 300mm discs all round, with an adjustable brake bias knob in the cabin. Aeroquip brake lines are also installed.
  • There are Lifeline electric fire extinguishers, a hydraulic handbrake, a quick-release steering wheel, and a new engine loom.
  • The instrument dials include a Stack rev counter, oil pressure gauge, water temperature gauge, and volts gauge.
  • Supplied with a spare light pod, trip meter, wheels and tyres.
  • Extensive paperwork and magazine reports on the history are included, as well as a DVD footage of the 1990 Valvechatters Stages at Wilbarston, which this Darrian won. It also featured on the cover of Pacenotes Rally Magazine in November 2019.

CONDITION

  • No known bodywork damage.
  • Presented in its original Leyton House Motorsport colour scheme of Miami Blue with orange and white accents, also featuring various racing decals.
  • As expected from a competition rally car, it comes with some age-related scratches and scuffs, but overall presents well.
  • A few age-related blemishes are visible on the Tillett bucket seats and a few light surface marks across the dashboard.
  • The switchgear is all believed to work as it should.
  • The car has benefited from a recent engine rebuild and the fitment of new throttle bodies. It has covered just 45 miles since.
  • The most recent MOT test was on 1 February 2008, which was a first-time pass with no advisories or defects.

SUMMARY

This Darrian T90 is a multiple rally winner in the hands of Martin Sanson, and was also driven and developed by March Formula 1 team founder Robin Herd to create the T90 model. It remains presented in its original Leyton House Motorsport colour scheme. With a rebuilt engine, a new sequential transmission and a valid MSA passport, it could readily be used for motorsport competition, and it boasts fantastic provenance.

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Car Overview

  • 45 miles (indicated)
  • manual
  • RHD
  • Miami Blue
  • Cream/Black
  • 2.0L
  • VINDF09022


Lot Overview

  • Lot #03733
  • private Sale
  • Bournemouth, United Kingdom

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  • Dean_

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