Bidding opens for The King’s Garage auction

15 March 2017

Lloyds Auctions Australia will offer an assortment of vintage racing cars, vintage petrol pumps, engines and parts from Brian King’s “The King’s Garage” collection.

The lots include a Brabham BT21B Cosworth open wheel race car with an exceedingly rare Cosworth SCB four-cylinder engine, of which there are believed to be only two or three in existence.

Allied to the rarity of the engine and chassis package is a provenance that begins in Brabham’s Formula 1 workshop with its chief engine builder Bob Ilich, who was instrumental in the World Constructor and Driver Championships for Brabham in 1966 and ’67 and created this very BT21B for himself.

Another Brabham BT21B race car is being offered fresh from a high end “nut and bolt” restoration in Formula 3 configuration with an MAE Cosworth engine and Hewland gearbox. It’s ready to compete world-wide in historic formulae including Formula Junior.

The heyday of motor racing in the USA is represented by the gargantuan 1950 Sampson CC-50 Indianapolis 500 racer. Resplendent in its 1950 Indy 500 livery, #27 also comes virtually unused since a thorough restoration in the US prior to its arrival in Australia to the King’s Garage collection.

Dirt track oval racing has historically been the feeder category for INDYCAR and NASCAR series and Lloyds will be offering the #22 Chuck Porter 1947 Kurtis Kraft Offenhauser midget, which has significant race provenance along with another iconic midget the #35 1974 Edmunds VW ‘El Toro Garage’ car. Still on the dirt track theme is the #5 1985 Chevy-powered Watson, which has a dark history as five family members died while racing this car.

Back on tarmac is the #12 1974 Ed Zink Super Vee featuring a highly-tuned VW engine and a Lotus 23B replica built to run in historic racing. Meanwhile, road cars are represented by a 1930 Ford Model A and a fully restored 1974 International Harvester D-1310 4×4 truck.

Petrol pumps are the new collectable for automotive enthusiasts and the range offered by The King’s Garage collection is staggering in its depth and quality with some fuel pumps going back to the early 1900s, including Epex and French Satam four-gallon pumps.

Other lots include a sought-after Porsche 356 ‘Super 90’ engine, fresh from a full rebuild, a 27-litre Rolls Royce Merlin V12 engine, Cosworth FVA engine parts – enough to build one and a half FVAs – and a rare A-series Mini Minor diesel engine.

The auction for The King’s Garage collection is now open for bidding online and the live auction will take place on 18 March. Phone bidding is available.

To view the collection or bid online, visit

1947 Kurtis Kraft Offenhauser midget
1950 Sampson CC-50 Indianapolis 500 racer
Brabham BT21 F3
1976 Edmunds VW midget El Toro Garage
Brabham BT21 F1 Cosworth


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