Private collection of 80’s rally cars to go on sale
A private collection of competition cars from a golden era in Motorsport will be offered in Silverstone Auctions next sale.
They will be offering a five-strong collection of competition cars in their final sale of the year. Each of the cars has a its own unique Motorsport heritage making this a fantastic opportunity for interested buyers.”
C99 KOG is a 1986 MG Metro 6R4 ex-Works, finished in the iconic blue and white Computervision livery and in the latest specification, as developed ‘in period’. It has the distinction of having achieved the second-best WRC result of any 6R4 in San Remo during 1986 and during its short but impressive international rallying career, the car was driven by Malcolm Wilson and co-driven by Nigel Harris. Whilst the car later had a mechanical rebuild, the exterior was left untouched so that the original battle scars from its Works rallying career were left intact.
The 1987 DAM4100 is one of five examples of the evolution car that was a collaboration between Works rally car engineer and driver David Appleby, and the legendary Works driver Tony Pond. This car, A14 LOO, was the first prototype and it was constructed from Clubman’s chassis #183, it was subsequently his favourite and the one in which he kept at the time. In 2015 and now with a new owner, David himself carried out an extensive overhaul and renovation and the car comes to the market today in stunning condition.
Within the collection there are three significant Renaults and the 1987 Renault 5 Turbo ‘Superproduction’ is a very special collectors car. Renault were determined to win the 1987 Championnat de France de Supertourisme and as such this car is one of three examples that was re-prepared; a huge amount of work was carried out by specialists, defining the rarity of the three cars and the outcome resulted in them being as competitive as they could be. Renault achieved their goal and this car, Ch 3-86, was the actual car used on the championship-clinching drive by Érik Comas on 25/10/1987 at Pau-Arnos!
The 1984 Renault 5 Maxi Turbo is the only genuine one of its kind within the UK, and as such this is recognised by Renault Sport. This example was developed by the late UK rally legend John Price, with assistance from Renault Dieppe, and the car was in John’s ownership multiple times throughout its life. Not only has the car won a number of important rallies, but it is also a Concours winner and has twice been recorded for Sony Playstation.
One of Renault’s most historically significant competition cars is the 1982 Renault 5 Turbo Group 4, having been driven with great success by renowned French rally drivers Jean-Luc Thérier and Jean Ragnotti. This example was the 1982 French Rally Championship winning car and 5-time rally winner from 1982 to 1984, furthermore, it was the first two-wheel-drive car at the 1984 Rallye Monte-Carlo, where it finished in a respectable 4th position overall.
All of the cars in the auction will be available to view, by prior appointment, at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire between 2nd – 12th November. This viewing period gives buyers the chance to inspect vehicles of interest prior to the auction day, where bidding will be available online, by phone or commission.