Race Retro is one of the UK’s most exciting historic motorsport events. Classic competition cars, from single-seaters to Group B rally monsters, will be gathered under one roof at Stoneleigh Park, Coventry on 24 – 26 February. You can also buy a car at the Silverstone Auctions Race Retro Sale. Here are some of road and race legends coming up for auction.
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
Estimate: £65,000 – £75,000
Ovaltine is normally associated with a calming cuppa before bed, not tyre-shredding V8 muscle cars. Yet the malty milk drink provided sponsorship for this Chevy Camaro when it raced in the 1970 British Saloon Car Championship with former winner Roy Pierpoint at the wheel. To paraphrase another ad campaign, it looks a bit of an animal.
1996 Honda Accord Super Tourer
Estimate: £60,000 – £70,000
The mid-90s Honda Accord is all but forgotten, but fans of the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) will remember David Leslie’s Accord Super Tourer, which scooped three wins in the 1996 season. Since then, the car has competed – and claimed victories – in numerous historic Touring Car events. It’s supplied with a ‘comprehensive spares package’ and is ready to race.
1988 BMW E30 M3
Estimate: £30,000 – £35,000
Talking Touring Cars, the original (E30) BMW M3 is one of the all-time greats. It won many international titles throughout the 1980s, including British and German Touring Car crowns. This particular M3 is a road car, finished in Alpine White with aftermarket BBS split-rim alloys. Silverstone Auctions describes it as ‘one of the most dynamic driver’s cars ever built’, which sounds spot-on.
1988 Ford Escort RS Turbo
Estimate: £23,000 – £26,000
By contrast, the Escort RS Turbo was never a car famed for its dynamic prowess. It’s no Peugeot 205 GTI to drive, but that hasn’t stopped prices rocketing to levels that were unthinkable a few years ago. This Series 2 Turbo has covered just 17,048 miles and is a former RS Owners’ Club concours winner. Who’d bet against the ‘Ford factor’ pushing it beyond even its lofty £26k upper estimate?
1990 Ford Fiesta RS Turbo
Estimate: £15,000 – £20,000
The Fiesta RS Turbo is another veteran from the era when fast Fords (whisper it) weren’t actually very good to drive. Nonetheless, those green go-faster stripes and period three-spoke alloys will appeal to boy racers of a certain age. This example looks immaculate, too, with just 23,600 miles and two owners from new. Silverstone Auctions says: ‘it appears to have never been out in the rain.’
1972 Ford Capri ‘Perana V8’
Estimate: £30,000 – £35,000
Now we’re talking. Take a humble Ford Capri, then shoehorn in a 5.0-litre Mustang engine topped by a four-barrel Holley carburettor. Meet the Perana V8: a South African special edition built by car customiser Basil Green and – amazingly – officially sanctioned by Ford. More than 500 Peranas were built between 1970 and 1973. Less than 10 cars were fitted with an automatic gearbox, as here.
1974 Ferrari Dino 246 GT
Estimate: £300,000 – £350,000
If a modified Capri seems a little uncouth, may we suggest an Italian thoroughbred? This Dino is one of just 13 in the UK with factory-fit flared wheelarches and Campagnolo alloys. It also has the optional Daytona seats, making it what Ferrari fans call a ‘Chairs and Flares’ Dino – the ultimate spec. Most beautiful car at Race Retro? No contest.
1980 Porsche 911 (930) Turbo
Estimate: £110,000 – £130,000
Few people would call the 930 Turbo ‘beautiful’, but it undoubtedly has presence. Squat and muscular, with its trademark ‘tea tray’ rear wing, the flagship 911 looks fab in oh-so-80s Grand Prix White with black Fuchs wheels. This car has plenty of service history and just 39,600 miles on the clock – it’s barely run-in…
2005 Ford GT
Estimate: £250,000 – £300,000
This Ford GT was previously owned by a certain Jenson Button, who bought it new in 2005. With a supercharged 558hp V8 and race-derived suspension, the GT hits 60mph in 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 205mph. Wrap all that performance in a curvaceous body that evokes the classic GT40 and you have one of the most desirable modern supercars.
1960 Austin Mini Cooper S Works recreation
Estimate: £15,000 – £20,000
The Mini was designed to offer affordable motoring for the masses, but its light weight and wheel-at-each-corner stance made it a giant-killer on the rally stage. This 1960 Mini has been extensively modified to resemble the ‘Works’ rally cars. Powered by a tuned 1,275cc engine, it features uprated Cooper S brakes, twin fuel tanks, a roll cage and the all-important spotlamps on the grille. It’s fully road-legal, too.
1972 BMW 3.0 CSL ‘Batmobile’
Estimate: £100,000 – £125,000
Sorry, Christian Bale: this (unofficial) Batmobile is cooler than anything you’ve driven. The race-spec 3.0 CSL earned its nickname from its wild bodykit, including a snowplough-style front air dam and huge rear wing. This example was converted from a 3.0 CS road car in the late 1980s by saloon racer, Tim Busby, and has competed in historic motorsport ever since. Its engine was rebuilt in 2014 and the car has been resprayed in classic Alpina colours.
2000 Ferrari 550 Maranello World Speed Record
Estimate: £180,000 – £220,000
The Ferrari 550 Maranello was a spiritual successor to the legendary Daytona, with a front-mounted V12 and peerless long-distance performance. In 1998, Ferrari set three new world speed records – including covering 100 miles at an average speed of 190.2mph – in a lightly modified 550. To celebrate, it built 33 road cars to the same spec, including the Fiorano handling pack, a leather-trimmed rollcage a sports exhaust and carbonfibre seats. A surefire appreciating classic.
1972 Alfa Romeo Montreal
Estimate: £32,000 – £36,000
‘Looks to die for and an incredible dry sump, quad-Cam, V8’ says the Silverstone Auctions blurb about this ‘72 Montreal. The Alfa appears every-inch the Italian supercar (seductive headlights, louvres, kamm tail), but is vastly cheaper to buy than any prancing horse or raging bull. This Montreal has had its – notoriously problematic – fuel injection junked in favour of a carburettor, and been fitted with a Harvey Bailey handling kit. This or a mid-range Audi A4?
1973 Citroen SMi Maserati
Estimate: £30,000 – £35,000
How do you replace an icon like the Citroen DS? With the equally jaw-dropping and futuristic SM, of course. There’s something otherworldly about Citroen’s 1970 flagship, not least its sophisticated suspension and exotic Maserati V6. The car for sale is a rare SMi electronic injection model, imported from Switzerland in 2016. Apparently its former owner has a large collection of SMs.
1984 MG Metro Turbo
Estimate: £16,000 – £20,000
If you want proof that the market for 1980s hot hatches has gone beserk, just look at the estimate for this MG Metro Turbo. To be fair, the 94hp supermini has covered a mere 7,317 miles from new, making it ‘a wonderful opportunity for an MG collector’. We love the huge ‘TURBO’ graphics, red carpets and red seatbelts.
1998 MG Metro 6R4
Estimate: £80,000 – £100,000
Now for something a little more serious. The Metro 6R4 was Austin Rover’s bid for Group B rally glory, but the series was scrapped before this bodykitted beast had time to shine. Silverstone Auctions’ 6R4 has had a bodyshell after a crash, but retains a correct chassis ID – and thus its period number plate. Yes, that’s right, you drive this Group B hero to the shops.
1965 Ford Lotus Cortina
Estimate: £35,000 – £40,000
Here’s one car that certainly did fulfill its potential on the track. The Lotus Cortina was the first fast Ford, and proved very successful in circuit racing and rallying. GRO 28C is finished in classic Ermine White and Sherwood Green, with a black vinyl interior and period Minilite wheels.
1995 Ford Escort RS Cosworth
Estimate: £25,000 – £35,000
We make no apology for including yet another Ford; Blue Oval-badged cars are hot property in the auction market right now, which means the days of the bargain Escort Cosworth are over. This Mallard Green car has driven 24,865 miles since new in 1995, and is described as being in ‘good condition’. Look out for a Retro Road Test of the Escort Cosworth – coming soon to Motoring Research.
1994 Lancia Delta Integrale Evo II
Estimate: £50,000 – £55,000
The Italian answer to the Cosworth is somewhat pricier, in part because the legendary Delta Integrale won the World Rally Championship an incredible six times. This sought-after Evo II model was imported from Japan and is completely original, with a paltry 13,167km on its odometer.
1979 Renault Alpine A310 Fleischmann GR4
Estimate: £22,000 – £25,000
As Alpine prepares to launch its new sports car (likely to be called A120), here’s an unsubtle reminder of its history. The A310 was launched in 1971 and later modified by German firm Fleischmann Tuning. A Group 4 rally-style bodykit and three-stud Gotti alloy wheels make this a rare and decidedly leftfield classic.