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What should I be paying?

The cost – shall we just say it is what it is and move on? Some people will be able to afford it, and they’re the people Brabham needs to convince. They’re probably not you and I. Here’s what they’ll have to decide though.

Of the 70 cars, 35 are being offered as Celebration Series cars – each paying homage to one of Brabham’s 35 F1 victories. This one is an inverse colour scheme of the Cooper Climax T51 that Jack Brabham won the 1959 Monaco GP in. The other 35, the Signature Series, you spec yourself.

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Road compliance is a £150,000 option. Some parts will have to be changed (front splitter, rear wing and diffuser, engine and gearbox maps) while others aren’t necessary, but are desirable – increased steering lock, lift kits for both axles, door locks and immobiliser, leather seats etc. It’s a very involved process, getting a car through road legalisation. Road use is a distraction, but a compelling one because owners of cars like this want it to be extreme, because it gives the BT62 a point of differentiation, gives it unique appeal. Gives them tinnitus and backache, I’ll bet.

The car is being built in Australia, and first deliveries are expected before the end of 2019.

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