Legendary Racers Head To Auction
Silverstone Auctions’ upcoming live auction will feature a series of famous competition cars, featured by Russell Brookes alum, Talbot Lotus Sunbeam.
The car, driven by the Briton in 1981, helped the brand reach the constructors’ crown. After its run at the World Championships, the car campaigned on the national stage. More recently it has undergone a full restoration and has been used more recently in demonstration events.
It retains its original running gear and has been regularly serviced, and even has an MSA passport which makes it eligible for competition. The virgin rally legend is expected to make between $ 130,000 and $ 163,000.
A 1986 MG Metro 6R4, one of the first factory cars to be supplied by Austin Rover Motorsport to a private team, ARTiX Ltd.
The car came after the monstrous Group B era – where cars looked like Formula 1 cars, only with a roof and four-wheel drive. After Group B cars were banned, the Metro 6R4’s 3.0-liter engine saw its power cut. However, the changes weren’t permanent – the car on sale even comes with its unique microchip in the ECU which helps boost horsepower and boost pressure.
He campaigned successfully in the British Rally Championship and became one of the most successful 6R4s of all time, despite a notable lack of factory development.
About four years ago the car underwent a bare metal restoration. It was returned to its original ARTiX livery and the Goodman 2.8 liter engine was completely overhauled and tuned by original engine builder John Manklow. It has barely walked 100 yards since the restoration, and as such it will have a hefty price tag at auction.
The next featured competition car is a 1998 Honda Accord from the famous Supertourer era of the British Touring Car Championship. Driven by Peter Kox and led by the legendary Prodrive team, the Accord has not been mined for some time, having spent the last few years as part of a private collection. It does come with a full set of aftermarket parts, however, and is expected to fetch $ 65,000 to $ 75,000.
If the 1990s car isn’t classic enough, there is a 1950 Jaguar XK120 Competition Roadster. It started life on the right track in the hands of Duncan Hamilton, who was a friend of the owner. But the car was soon sold.
The Jag underwent a full restoration in 2011 and comes with a full history file. Pre-auction estimates place the XK120 between $ 510,000 and $ 590,000, it’s a historically important Jaguar with a full historical record and driven by one of the most successful drivers of the 1950s.
A full list of competition cars offered for auction is shown below:
1958 Lotus Elite
1987 BMW E30 M3 FIA tarmac rally car
1986 MG Metro 6R4
1964 Ford Falcon Sprint (FIA)
1980 Talbot Lotus Sunbeam ex-Works rally car
1954/58 Morgan Supersport Plus 4
1959 MGA Twin Cam Competition (1600 De Luxe spec)
1975 Porsche 911 2.7 MFI RSR
1959 Lotus Seven
Ferrari F430 GTC EVO 2008
1965 Ford Falcon Sprint (FIA)
Honda Accord Supertourer 1998 – Ex Peter Kox
1950 Jaguar XK120 Competition Roadster – Ex-Duncan Hamilton
1954 RA4 Vanguard