Ligier JS3

Guy Ligier was an orphan who went onto become one of the most successful rugby player in French national team but after some time he was attracted to the world of motorsports. He was inspired from his close friend and racing driver Jo Schlesser and started racing Formula One cars in 1966. However, he never got huge success in it and finally withdrew from the sport, just after the fatal accident of Jo Schlesser at the French Grand Prix during the Nurburgring Grand Prix practice in 1967.

After the accident of Schlesser the ex-Renault designer Michel Tetu joined Ligier Formula One team. In 1969 the first JS1 was made in the memory of Jo Schlesser. JS1 was powered by 1.6 litre Cosworth �four' with a small mid-engine. It scored several victories in various French races in 1969 and 1970. Victories were also scored at Albi and Monthelery with a 1.8 litre Cosworth engine. In the Tour de France, two new cars were launched with a V6 Ford engine, but both of them were withdrawn due to engine problems.

Tour de France was not completed successfully, so Ligier commissioned a completely new racing car for 1971. This new JS3 car was implemented with Cosworth power and Formula 1 DFV V8 engine. Now these new version JS3 cars were able to compete with prototype class cars like Ferrari and Matra. The V8 was attached onto the monocoque chassis and the design was very similar to contemporary F1 cars.

JS3 made its debut at the 24 Hours of Le mans test days in april of 1971. Guy Ligier was victorious in Monthelery race. In Le Mans race Ligier teamed up with Patrick Depailler and they put up a great performance. JS3 scored 17th qualifying position in that race. In the 18th hour of the race the JS3 scored the fifth position but it suffered with gear box problem. However, even after the complete gearbox rebuilding not enough distance was covered.

JS3 had to be withdrawn from only four races in its entire racing career. After the victory in 1974 Tour de France and at Le Mans in 1975 created a good reputation for JS3. In 1976 Ligier entered into Formula One as a constructor thus constructing several F1 cars for another 20 seasons. The team of French collector Pierre Bardinon bought these JS3 cars and remained in his �Mas du Clos' collection for many years. In 1999 Simon Hadfield made some changes. In February 2003, it was offered in the Christie's auction at Retromobile. It was estimated to be sold for a whopping $370,000 - 420,000 US, but the offer failed and after this auction, it found a new owner.

Hadfield had made a good effort by no-expense spared restoration strategy. At 2002 Le Mans classic, Willey green failed due to driver problem and he could not finish the race anyhow. In 2004 it achieved huge success in Historic Endurance and Le Mans Endurance series that was modern racing cars. At Le Mans classic series in year 2004, it won the first three races but it was again forced to withdraw.

This car was pictured out at the Le Mans Classic and the Spa Francorchamps in 2004 at Historic Endurance series when it ran out of fuel in the last lap.