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Friday, September 14, 2012

Go Vintage Racing! 1960 Ryetune Scorpion FJ For Sale

Pictured with the current owner on pit row during an event.

This excellent, highly competitive, and very reasonably priced 1960 Ryetune Scorpion FJ is a race-proven and highly desirable classic racing car. It is quite unusual as 1 of the 9 examples originally built and it is even more so as 1 of the 6 with a 1,100 cc, 2-stroke DKW racing engine. Consequently, it is desirable to the organizers of today’s most prestigious events.

In particular, this Scorpion is very well suited to a European buyer, as the Continent features a very active and competitive FJ racing scene today. The FIA sponsors the Lurani Trophy racing series for these cars and during 2012, the series featured 7 races at such prestigious circuits as Monza, Hockenheim, Dijon, Brands hatch, the Nürburgring, the Red Bull Ring, and Mugello. Some 90 drivers entered last year’s championship series and over 30 different manufacturers were represented, making for a highly competitive and interesting series for both racers and spectators alike.

This Scorpion’s DKW engine is the correct and matching numbers 1000S unit, increased to 1,100 cc displacement and as originally fitted when Ryetune built the car. Other features include a Morris Minor close-ratio, straight-cut gearbox, as originally supplied. The car is accompanied by old-style FIA paperwork and it has competed at the inaugural Monaco Historic GP (driven by the current owner) and 2 subsequent Monaco Historic GPs. The Scorpion has also competed at the Inaugural Goodwood Revival Meeting and 2 subsequent editions of this highly popular event.

The Scorpion is accompanied at sale by a number of desirable additional items including a spare body, a body mold, one magnesium wheel and a few DKW engines, including an experimental reed-valve unit. Ready for a new enthusiast-owner and a sure-fire entry to the best classic racing events in the world, this 1960 Ryetune Scorpion FJ represents solid value and a great opportunity in today’s market. 
In competition with a group of other FJ cars against the beautiful backdrop of Monaco.

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