Two rally legends top the line-up at Silverstone Auctions’ annual Race Retro Sale, making a welcome return after a pandemic-enforced break. Competition cars go under the hammer on 24 February, with a collectors’ car sale the following day. A 1998 Subaru Impreza S5 WRC carrying the registration number that Colin McRae ran in the 1997 Monte Carlo Rally is listed at £340,000 – 380,000. After McRae crashed out of the rally the plate, P2 WRC, was transferred to chassis 21, a car that was campaigned privately in Europe for the first two years of its life, picking up wins in the Hungarian Championship in 1998 and 1999. Converted to right-hand drive prior to the consignor’s purchase in 2004, it has recently received an engine and gearbox rebuild.
Alongside the Subaru is an uber-rare 1986 Ford RS200 S, one of just 20 built to 350bhp S specification. Delivered new to a German collector, chassis 164 has covered 1,932km and has resided in the vendor’s collection, unregistered, since 2015 (estimate £300,000 – 350,000).
Another fast Ford set to cross the block is a 1987 Sierra RS 500, showing a barely-used 5,192 miles (estimate £150,000 – 180,000); while a one-of-400 1976 Fiat Abarth 131 Rally Stradale with 12,181km is estimated at £120,000 – 150,000.
The sale also includes seven Lotus Elans with celebrity owner status from the Piddington Collection, put together by ex-Cosworth engineer Deryck Norville. The top three features Emma Peel’s 1966 S3 from the TV series The Avengers, an ex-Jochen Rindt 1969 S4 and a 1966 S3 originally owned by Peter Sellers – each carry a pre-sale estimate of £80,000 – 120,000.
A 1964 Aston Martin DB5 is the star attraction at Historics’ inaugural London Classic Car Show sale on 25 February. Expected to fetch £540,000 – 590,000, the car was the subject of a two-year nut-and-bolt restoration not long after purchase in 2017, documented in a hardback book which accompanies the car.
A brace of Ferrari Dino 246 GTs have been consigned, guided at £260,000 – 280,000. The 1971 example was restored by Ferrari specialists Foskers and given a new Ferrari Classiche-sanctioned and stamped engine in 2009-2010, and the 1973 Dino, in single ownership since 1975, is offered with a vast history file showing Lanzante, QV London and Barkaways maintenance during its 56,934 miles.
Classic car auction price estimates for: Subaru | Ford | Fiat | Abarth | Lotus | Aston Martin | Ferrari
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