Ascari FGT “Prototipo” goes to auction


November 4, 2021 by Dan Vaughan
Lee Noble was an automobile designer and founder of the British sports car company, Noble Automotive Ltd. Before forming the company, Noble chaired Noble Motorsport Ltd., which created a prototype version of the FGT in 1992 and registered it. for the street in June 1993. The designs and rights were later acquired by Ascari Cars Ltd. In 1995, it was unveiled to the public at the British International Motor Show, where it impressed Klaas Zwart, a Dutch racing driver, who soon acquired the Ascari brand together with the rights to the FGT. Equipped with a Ford Modular V-8 engine, the FTG was entered in the 1996 British GT Championship. Only one prototype version was ever built and many tasks were cut, including a promotional car in various Ascari brochures and advertisements and for testing on road of magazines by selected journalists.

The FGT was a pre-production model for the better known Ascari Ecosse, but unlike the Ecosse, it was fitted with five-spoke Artec alloy wheels, powered by a 6.0-liter Chevrolet V-8 fuel injected engine and overhead headlights. .

The Ascari FGT prototype was equipped with a centrally mounted 6.0-liter V8 Chevrolet V8 engine with ARP components and developed around 420 horsepower. There is a five-speed manual gearbox, electric windows and electric rearview mirrors. The exterior is finished in metallic green over a two-tone gray and black leather interior. The seats, center console and upper door panels are covered in gray leather, with the dashboard and lower door panels covered in black leather. There is an Imola steering wheel with a “Nobile” push in the center and a Sony CDX-5060 stereo with a CD player.
Ascari FGT

The Ascari was lying dormant in farm buildings when it was discovered by its current caretaker, and is believed to have stayed here for thirteen years. After acquiring the vehicle, the current owner embarked on a three-year re-commissioning process, during which the owner, along with Lee Noble, worked together to revive the prototype. Mechanical work included rebuilding the Chevy V8 and gearbox and upgrading the fuel injection system to a new MSD ECU unit. The car, chassis number NMSASC0001P93, is expected to cross the RM Sotheby’s block at their London auction on 6 November 2021. It has an estimated pre-auction value of £ 60,000 – £ 80,000 GBP.


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