This Lee Noble-designed and built prototype was the predecessor to the Ascari Ecosse
The gloriously green, pop-up headlight-equipped sports car you’re taking a look at above is the one and only Ascari FGT model. It will head up for public auction at the RM Sotheby’s London sale too, so allow’s throw it back to the begin of its life to comprehend why this one-off exists …
Prior To Noble Automotive was born in 1999, the business’s eponymous owner Lee ran Noble Motorsport. They made the Ascari FGT idea, in addition to this prototype and a race cars and truck that competed in the British GT Championship when Dutchman Klaas Zwart got the rights to Ascari and wanted to go racing.
The FGT would certainly later on come to be the production Ascari Ecosse– although without the pop-up headlights. Boo.
This prototype was signed up for roadway usage in 1993 and was utilized by Ascari as a marketing and also press vehicle. However, it was recently found lying in a barn where it would certainly concealed for 13 years. The existing proprietor has brought it back to life with the help of Noble, with the 6.0-litre Chevrolet V8 obtaining a complete restore and also a brand-new ECU to generate around 420bhp.
The gearbox was also rebuilt as well as an entire stack of components were changed to get the FGT back on the road, but when it increases for auction this weekend break the price quote will certainly be in between ₤ 60,000 as well as ₤ 80,000. Little bit of a bargain for the first vehicle to bear the Ascari name, no?
Photos: RM Sotheby’s.