Slew of Historic Racers Set to Cross Silverstone Auction Block in UK
This weekend is a big one for auctions with racing ties. Though many have been fawning over the Shelby Mustang and LeMans-winning Porsche down at Amelia Island, there is an auction with some unsung heroes across the pond. The Silverstone Auctions in Coventry, UK have some serious rally racing greats crossing the block this weekend. The first car that caught our attention was a 1977 Ford Escort Mk2 RS1800 Gp4. The Group 4 rally racer features a 2000cc four-cylinder engine and though its original career was not stunning, its second life involved one of the rallying greats. For the historic 2006 Roger Albert Clark Rally, it was driven to victory by Jimmy McRae, but was his brother– the late, great Colin McRae– that tested it, along with their father, before the event. Value is estimated between $108,550 and $141,950.
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Next up is a 1984 Nissan 240RS WRC Group B Rally Car, driven by the late, legendary Colin McRae. In the 1980s, Group B was the super-dangerous and over-the-top rally racing segment. The high speeds and lack of crowd barriers made this one of the most dangerous racing series' of all time, and was quickly shut down, but not before McRae competed in this race-spec Nissan 240RS.
The car was originally purchased by Nigel Rose in 1984, but then bought and raced by McRae in 1987. He won the Tweedies Daihatsu Rally in Dumfries, Scotland– his wife Alison was navigating. It should be important to point out that Group B was one of the greatest eras in rally racing, and McRae is arguably the best rally racer of all time– but this is the only Group B car that McRae ever drove, surely giving this Nissan a lot of value.
It is estimated at $83,500-$100,200.
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The car with one of the highest estimated values is also one of the newest. This 2000 Ford Mondeo Super Tourer was built by Prodrive for the British Touring Car Championship. It was rumored that Ford gave the team a whopping 12 million budget to build three of these super sedans. All three cars dominated, finishing 1-2-3 in the final points standings for the 2000 BTCC championship.
This particular car bought in 2006 and raced in historic races, and was sealed in a high-tech facility built specifically for the car. It is estimated that the 2.0-liter V6 performance machine will sell for $167K-$200K.
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All of these vehicles will be at auction Sunday February 23, 2014, at Stoneleigh Park, near Coventry, UK. They may not take as much home as some of the cars from Amelia Island, but these cars are just as significant in their own right.