Roll cage and race harness included.
Every kid dreams of being a race car driver. While that dream hasn't exactly come to fruition for most of us, at least one deep-pocketed enthusiast will be able to make it a reality at next month's Goodwood Revival auction. An authentic, one-of-two 1985 MG Metro 6R4 Group B rally car will be crossing the Bonhams auction block.
An unlikely candidate for a rally car, the MG Metro 6R4 hit the World Rally Championship (WRC) in 1985 without much success. The Cosworth-sourced, mid-mounted, 3.0-liter V6 had a number of teething issues, and following a lone third-place finish in 1985, the duo of MGs were unable to finish an entire race throughout the 1986 season.
Group B was eventually dissolved in 1987 before the car was able to find its footing. But even without any success in the WRC, the 6R4 pictured here is an amazing piece of engineering, and would look right at home in any collection.
It was originally designed by Patrick Head of Williams Grand Prix engineering, and featured the aforementioned Cosworth-sourced V6. That engine was good for 250 horsepower (186 kilowatt) in ‘Clubman’ trim, or 410 horsepower (305 kilowatt) in full works tune.
After a short career, the car was sold in 1997 to Australian hobbyist racing driver John Potter, who swapped out the Cosworth plant for a 3.0-liter engine from Nelson Engineering Services. That’s when the MG came to life, racing in a number of rallycross events across Australia, and taking home a class win at the Targa Tasmania event in 1998.
After exchanging hands once again, and returning to the U.K. in 2012, the car is set to cross the auction block for the first time at the Bonhams Goodwood Revival next month. It remains in pristine condition, and wears a ‘Rothmans Rally’ livery that mimics the one wore in 1985. Estimates have the car going anywhere between $130,000 - $160,000 (£100,000 - £120,000).