Austrian car of 1954, from the Vienna workshop of Franz Hell. Very much in the Cooper mould, it used Fiat Topolino front suspension, a double jointed swing axle and JAP power. It was certainly well prepared – note the machine turning all over the aluminium bodywork, and the piping on the seats.
It is claimed that two chassis were built, one for Austrian sports car champion, Kurt Koresch and one for bike racer, Ernst Kussin, but so far we have no evidence of the latter being raced.
Koresch had been racing a Veritas sports car with considerable success. He probably debuted the Spezial at the Baden bei Wien Trabrennplatz (trotting track), 31st October 1954 – which was also the first event to achieve a full grid of Formula III cars. Interestingly, the car appears in the programme as simply “SRM”, although we know it is the same car – perhaps it first ran with an SRM motor before being upgraded to JAP for 1955?
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