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Racing icons head to auction at Race Retro

10 February 2017

Silverstone Auctions is to return to Race Retro to host a dedicated Competition Car Sale on Friday 24 February at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire.

Silverstone Auctions is to return to Race Retro to host a dedicated Competition Car Sale on Friday 24 February at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire.

Back by popular demand after its debut last year, the Competition Car Sale catalogue will feature 39 specially-selected, historic, rare and race winning track and rally cars.

Nick Whale, managing director of Silverstone Auctions, says, “It’s a pleasure to be returning to Race Retro and I’m delighted that we’re once again going to be offering historic race drivers the opportunity to buy an excellent selection of cars, at a show which celebrates the very best of international historic motorsport.”

Headlining the sale is a genuine ex-Works 1989 Aston Martin AMR1 from one of the great and golden eras of motorsport, with a pre-sale estimate of £500,000 to £550,000.

As one of just four Works built cars, chassis AMR1/05 competed and finished in three world championship events in period at the hands of Works drivers Brian Redman, the late, great David Leslie, David Sears and Stanley Dickens. Professionally maintained and regularly campaigned at an international level in historic Group C and IMSA racing, this rare example offers exceptional provenance with a proven ability to win.

A 1972 BMW 3.0CSL Batmobile with a long established history is estimated at £100,000 to £125,000. It has raced twice at Classic Le Mans winning its ‘Plateau’ on both occasions, and also won the coveted Index of Performance award. It also achieved further class wins at Monza, Silverstone and Spa.

Another rare machine comes in the form of a 1961 Emeryson Formula 1 Climax FPF – the last surviving example of just four ever made. A piece of Grand Prix history, chassis 1004 achieved F1 success in period and has since been raced extensively with the HSCC and the HGPCA at Goodwood, Donnington, Silverstone and on the continent, taking part in seven of the last eight Monaco Historique. It’s estimated to sell for £150,000 to £180,000.

Also offered is a 1976 Ford Escort Mk ll driven by one of the 20th Century’s greatest rally drivers, Colin McRae, after 33 years in the hands of the McRae family. Described as “ready to rally” with all the paperwork in place, it is offered at a very attractive guide price of £29,000 to £34,000.

Immortalised as part of the BBC’s ‘100 Greatest Sporting Moments’, and another highly regarded race car in motorsport history, is a 1968 Chevrolet Camaro prepared by Bill Shaw Racing and driven by Martin Thomas. Most recognisable for its unforgettable performance in the 1971 Iberia Trophy Race at the Crystal Palace circuit, the Camaro will be offered at a sale estimate of £65,000 to £75,000.

From the same era, a fast road specification 1963 Jaguar E-Type Roadster Lightweight Recreation is estimated to go under the hammer at £75,000 to £85,000.

Race Retro will take place at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, from the 24 to 26 February.

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