James Hunt's Hesketh 308 is being put up for auction The Hesketh 308 – the car that helped 1976 champion James Hunt secure his maiden F1 championship victory at the 1975 Dutch Grand Prix – will be auctioned at Silverstone later this year.

It is widely expected that the Harvey Postlethwaite-designed 308/2 will attract big money after being released from team founder Lord Alexander Hesketh’s private collection in 2007.

“This is an incredibly exciting car that carried one of the most well-known and loved British Formula 1 drivers to his first victory,” Silverstone Auctions MD Jonathan Whale told the Northampton Chronicle.

“It is a very important part of Formula 1 history that continues to be successfully raced (in historic events).

“We are very proud to offer it for sale during the Silverstone Classic. It seems fitting a car developed so nearby to Silverstone, at Lord Hesketh’s Northamptonshire estate, should be returning here to be sold with Silverstone Auctions.”

The car will be auctioned off on Saturday 23 July.

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