1990 Monteverdi Onyx ORE-2


Onyx were the only new manufacturer in the recent history of Formula One to enter and achieve a podium result in their first season of competition.

The ORE 1 was conceived by Ex McLaren designer Alan Jenkins and was built and run from the team’s base near Littlehampton in West Sussex. However even with the provenance of Team Founder Mike Earle’s many years in the sport, not least winning the Formula 3000 Championship in 1987 this was no mean achievement which was undertaken by a small group of dedicated local people supported by the flamboyant Belgian, Jean-Pierre Van Rossem, the owner of Moneytron, the main sponsor.

At their first Grand Prix in Mexico with Stephan Johansson driving the team overcame the initial hurdle of pre-qualifying with 40 cars competing for 30 grid positions to achieve 23rd. The season continued well with improving results – including a points scoring 5th place at Paul Ricard in France, culminating in a 3rd place podium finish in Portugal elevating the team to a 10th overall in the F1 Constructors World Championship. By any standards this was a truly amazing result.

Mike Earle would leave the team in 1990, when Swiss car collector/manufacturer Peter Monteverdi purchased 50% of the shares, with Karl Foitek, Father of Gregor, who became one of the drivers, buying 25% and Brun Frei, the remaining 25%. Onyx now became a purely Swiss owned and based team.

Under Peter Monteverdi’s ownership the drivers for 1990 were the talented Finn, JJ Lehto, Ex Scandinavian FF1600, British and European FF2000 and F3 Champion and Gregor Foitek, the 1986 Swiss Formula 3 champion and the Son of Karl, 25% stakeholder in Monteverdi Onyx and owner of Foitek Automobile the Swiss based Ferrari and Maserati dealership.

Mike Earle, the founder of Onyx said that his biggest regret in motor racing was that if he had stayed with the team, he had no doubt, they, like Jordan Grand Prix would have become race winners. The cars and team were that good.

Chassis 007 was the last and therefore the most developed of all the chassis built, it competed in a total of eight Grand Prix’s during the 1990 Formula 1 season driven by both Lehto and Foitek. It was then retired and kept by Peter Monteverdi in his private collection.

Purchased by us direct from Peter Monteverdi’s Estate complete with all the remaining spares and support equipment from the team it is completely original with its correct period Hart DFR V8 from team stock. This is the first time an Onyx Monteverdi has been offered on the open market giving the opportunity to own an easy to run, maintain and drive F1 car with undoubted provenance from an F1 team with a unique Anglo-Swiss background.

The car comes with a comprehensive and useable spares package, documentation including certificate of authenticity Also, Cars International Service can offer a prep, maintenance and engineering package by our highly experienced Ex F1 personnel who have access and support via Mike Earle to the original drawings and I.P. for the ORE F1 cars.

Kent Thirley
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