Silverstone Auctions heads to a new venue for its first sale of the year, The RAF Museum London hosting the Season Opener from 5-6 March with over 100 sports, classic and competition cars going under the hammer. A 1982 TWR Jaguar XJS from the Chris Scragg Race Collection is one of the jewels among the Touring Cars on offer (estimate £250,000 – 350,000). Owned by Scragg since 2012, it’s believed to have been used by Jaguar as a show car in period, and has been restored to 1982 Donnington 500 Group A specification and livery.
An ex-Colin McRae 2001 Ford Focus WRC is guided to fetch £300,000 – 350,000. ‘Y4 FMC’ brought a maiden win for McRae and co-driver Nicky Grist on its debut at the 2001 Acropolis Rally, before a spectacular crash while leading the final round at the Rally of Great Britain cost the legendary Scot his second World Championship. Rebuilt by the factory M-Sport team, it had further WRC outings in 2002 before being sold and used in the BTRDA rally championship.
Notable Italian machinery includes a right-hand drive 1955 Lancia Aurelia B24 Spider America requiring recommissioning and a refurb, following 55 years in single ownership (estimate £400,000 – 475,000); a UK-supplied 28,238-mile 1989 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary (estimate £280,000 – 340,000); and a left-hand drive 2006 Ferrari 575M Superamerica with only 2,776 miles (estimate £220,000 – 250,000).
A 1929 Bentley Speed Six Le Mans-style Tourer leads the big-ticket entries already consigned for H&H’s Imperial War Museum sale on 16 March (estimate £500,000 – 600,000). Beginning life as an HJ Mulliner bodied Close Coupled Saloon, chassis BA2587 has been regularly exercised on continental tours since the completion of restoration works in the early 2000s.
A brace of Aston Martins boasting long-term ownerships are also due to cross the block; a 1964 DB5 with an engine overhaul and 4.2 litre upgrade by Rikki Cann is listed at £400,000 – 500,000, and a 1971 DB6 which has remained with the same family since 1972 carries a pre-sale estimate of £290,000 – 330,000.
Classic Car Auctions makes a welcome return to The Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show at the NEC on 19-20 March after a two-year hiatus. Plenty of choice awaits buyers looking for a project, with two collections of British classics being sold at no reserve. The 29-car Warwickshire Collection comprises Jaguars, Daimlers, Land Rovers and Range Rovers, while The County Down Collection features a further 10 vehicles in ‘barn find’ condition.
Elsewhere, highlights include a 1995 Lancia Delta HF Integrale Evo II showing 63,059km (estimate £62,000 – 70,000); a 56,516-mile 1986 Ford Sierra RS Cosworth (estimate £48,000 – 53,000); and a 1987 BMW M3 imported from Japan in 2015, currently with an indicated 59,000km (estimate £55,000 – 65,000).
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