By the mid 1960s Guy Ligier, had already made a name for himself in his country as a well-connected and successful businessman in the construction industry, and as an accomplished sportsman, who had played rugby for his nation. He had also always had an interest in sports cars, and latterly had begun to enjoy motor sport, encouraged by his great friend Jo Schlesser. As his passion developed, he moved from endurance racing to single seaters, and in 1966 broke into Formula 1, piloting a Cooper-Maserati at the Monaco Grand Prix. He continued Grand Prix racing for two troubled seasons, during which he was able to record a points finish, but also suffered a crash in practice at the NurbÃrgring, and when Schlesser was killed at the French Grand Prix temporarily withdrew from the sport.
At the 1971 Le Mans, partnered by Depailler the JS 3 was running very well, until transmission problems intervened. The gearbox was rebuilt during the race, and although now off the pace, it did complete the event.
After Le Mans, the JS 3 languished in the Ligier factory for a while before being acquired by a well-known French Grand Prix driver. In 1999 it was purchased by the present owner. The car was complete although suffering from 20 years of neglect and was given to Simon Hadfield for a complete restoration with no expense spared. The original specifications have been religiously adhered to.
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