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RENTAL CAR IN FORMULA 1 - ATS DERRINGTON FRANCIS
RENTAL CAR IN FORMULA 1 - ATS DERRINGTON FRANCIS

In 1963, ATS built a total of three Grand Prix cars for Phil Hill and Giancarlo Baghetti. These were designed by Carlo Chitti and were equipped with an 8 cylinder engine with six speed gearbox and 1500cc. 

1963, however, was a disappointing season for ATS, so Alf Francis instead of Sig. Billi became the new boss of the Grand Prix team in 1964. The car was then rebuilt and a new sponsor was found in V. W. Derrington. In addition one had also with the Portuguese Mario Cabral a driver, which even paid, in order to be able to drive. In the Grand Prix of Italy in 1964 they even managed to qualify for the race, which was not a matter of course at that time, because six cars always dropped out and were not allowed to participate in the race. From this it was concluded that the ATS Derrington Francis showed great potential, since the car was driven by a driver of little experience.

However, the car was so badly crashed by Bob Bondurant during a test drive at Monza in 1964 that it had to go to the ATS Factory and remained there for 5 years until finally Sig. G. Giordanego bought it. He sold it in 1988 to "Best Auto" from Sassuolo and Gianni Reggianni was commissioned to restore the car. 

In 1996 the car was further sold to Mr. P. Silvieri from Ferrara, who sometimes used it for demonstration purposes. In 2000, the ATS Derrington Francis was sold to Philip Walker, who commissioned Hall & Hall to restore the engine. 

Finally, in 2009, the car ended up with ATS enthusiast and ex-ATS owner Jason Wright, who will present the ATS Derrington Francis for us at the Red Bull Ring from June 10-12, 2022.

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