Sold for £43,875
(including buyers premium)
Registration No: DK22 CKX
Chassis No: DVLASWA3972130209
MOT: January 2025
Ultima's story begins in 1983, when Lee Noble (who would go on to start Noble Automotive) founded Noble Motorsport and designed the Ultima Mk1 race car. Inspired by the Group C cars of the time, it had a square-tube spaceframe chassis, the V-6 engine and transmission from a Renault 30, and other components borrowed from Ford, Lancia, and Austin. Before customer deliveries of the Mk1 could begin, Noble launched a modified Mk2 version. The Mk2 became fairly successful in racing, so successful, in fact that after Ted Marlow, the company's first customer fitted a Chevrolet small-block V-8, they would be banned from the series altogether.
This success wouldn’t go unseen, with McLaren themselves attracted by the “excellent engineering, outright speed, lap times and the racing prowess”. They would go on to purchase the last two Mk3 variants for development of the world famous F1 road car. These two, nicknamed ‘Albert and Edward’, would be invaluable development vehicles and ultimately provide much of the fundamental base of the now £20 million greatest car of all time.
Launched in 1999, the Ultima GTR was dubbed the “quickest accelerating and decelerating supercar of all time”, with official performance records that humbled every mainstream car on the planet bar none - Bugatti Veyron, Ferrari Enzo and McLaren F1; none could match the GTR’s plethora of world speed acceleration and deceleration records, and when independently timed around the Top Gear test track, was found to be a blistering 6.2 seconds per lap faster than the £450,000 Ferrari Enzo and 4.0 seconds per lap faster than the £1.5million Bugatti Veyron SS. Now universally appreciated as a true supercar, not much can come close to the value for money these exceptional vehicles offer in today’s market.
What makes this particular example rather special is that although official production of the GTR ceased in 2018, this car was registered just last year in 2022. ‘DK22 CKX’ was first started by the owner’s late father in 1998. A surgeon by trade, but an equally skilled mechanic, he undertook much of the initial build, but giving the car to Ultima to fit the body in 2004. Most of the build activity was in batches until 2010, with little work completed until his son took over the project in 2021. Shortly after the car passed into the vendor’s ownership, it was entrusted to respected Ultima specialists and race team MacG Racing. MacG collected the car in its project form and undertook an extensive 100-hour completion project; including the rear clam, windows, seat belts, air conditioning, geo setup, a full overhaul of the previous work completed, IVA testing, and registration.
‘DK22 CKX’ is offered in the striking shade of Yellow with a contrasting Black Alcantara interior and features a highly desirable 350hp American Speed 5.7L Chevrolet V8 with Porsche G50 gearbox. The car weighs just 1,080kg and benefits from 12” vented disc brakes, an RAC spec. roll cage, five-point racing harnesses and importantly, air conditioning. Perhaps the most recently registered GTR available and with no MOT due until 2025, this presents a fantastic opportunity.
Included with the vehicle is a comprehensive history file including the IVA test certificate with accompanying documentation, a large collection of invoices including one for c.£8,000 for the engine from American Speed, as well as a large collection from the completion work with MacG Racing. The V5C is included which shows zero previous keepers.
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Auction: Imperial War Museum | Duxford, Cambridgeshire, 15th Mar, 2023
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