The one-off Ascari FGT prototype is heading to auction
This Lee Noble-built precursor to the Ascari marque will be sold by RM Sotheby's on November 6
The 1990s produced a lot of supercars built by small companies that tried to hang with the big boys of Ferrari, Porsche and Lamborghini. Unfortunately, many of them never managed to achieve production, let alone those lofty aspirations. That's not to say that they weren't good cars; the people who built them just didn't have the resources to take them into the stratosphere. These 90s oddballs have become more collectable with time as the 90s becomes more and more of a 'classic car' era and this Ascari FGT Prototype is one of those collectable curiosities.
Originally designed in 1992 by Lee Noble (who later ended up forming the Noble company and creating the bare bones Mondeo-engined M12 that we all know and love) and later registered for the road in 1993, the FGT was the first car to bear the Ascari name. It's a very 90s-looking mid-engined supercar that's powered by a Chevrolet V8 that was claimed to be able to produce 420 hp. That power is sent to the wheels through a 5-speed manual gearbox. Not long after it was built, Dutch businessman and racing driver Klaas Zwart took a big interest in the car and purchased the blueprints from Lee Noble. He then had the blueprints re-engineered to allow the car to go racing and used it to form the basis of Ascari's first production model, the Ecosse.
As for the story behind this one-off prototype after that point, its current owner found it sitting in a farm building where it had reportedly been hiding for over a decade. After securing the car, the current owner set to work on getting it working again. Working alongside Lee Noble, the current owner not only brought the car back from the dead but also added some more modern upgrades. A new MSD ECU and an upgraded fuel system were installed, allowing the car to reach its claimed horsepower.
This one-off prototype supercar will be going under the hammer on November 6 through RM Sotheby's. It's estimated by RM Sotheby's that the car will sell anywhere between $80,000-$100,000. Whilst that's definitely not cheap by any stretch of the imagination, for an ultra-rare early 90s supercar that is actually quite a good deal! Whoever buys this car is going to have something really awesome and unique in their collection and, with 90s cars of all shapes and sizes becoming more and more collectable, one that's only going to go up and up in value.