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The Chevron B4 Discovered

Piecing Together the Puzzle

The evidence of the car's origins was flimsy at this stage - and what about the chassis plate marked with the number 28? David felt that this was of lesser significance since the DBE numbering system only began in 1968 and the number on my car, like many others, was no doubt issued retrospectively without being formally recorded - probably to assist with homologation. To provide evidence in support of the year of manufacture, David suggested examining some of the components on the car which would be date stamped. Sure enough, an examination of the brake callipers and various electrical components, such as the windscreen wiper motor, starter switch and starter solenoid, all revealed date codes of 1965 or 1966.

Now some of the unusual features on the car were beginning to make sense. The car is fitted with tubular-framed aluminium skinned doors - I am not aware of any other B6s or B8s fitted with anything other than fibreglass doors. On the inside, the doors are also finished with aluminium panels covered in black leather cloth to form an enclosed door assembly. On the outside towards the front, the doors are fitted with shallow Italian lamp assemblies, to illuminate the roundel for the racing numbers. The lamps seem to be a very early fitting as there is only one layer of red paint under them [photographs 13 to 16].

Peeling Back the Layers

Scraping through the paint on the fibre glass body panels reveals a number of previous colour schemes, and I have made sketches of all the colour combinations. Although the various colour schemes are too numerous to describe here, there is common pattern to the design, which consists of the main body colour contrasted with a central stripe about 18 inches wide running from the tail and up over the roof to the nose section, where it broadens out to enclose the front air intakes. Older colour schemes show that the central stripe was bordered with a narrower stripe either side. The oldest of the main body colours is red, the most recent being dark blue.

The only colour photograph I knew of the B4 was in the September 1968 issue of Motor Sport when it was driven by Roy Johnson and John Moore in the Gran Premio del Mugello. In this photograph, the car is still fitted with the original nose section with its single air intake [photograph 16].