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Our Top Picks from the Silverstone Auctions Autosport Sale

Autosport International’s new auction house partner, Silverstone Auctions, has set to put a wide selection of head-turning classic and competition cars under the hammer at 2pm on Saturday 12th January. Here are our top pics …

It is the 50th anniversary of the humble Ford Capri this year, and there are some highly competitive and great fun racing to be had on the Historic Touring Car Scene both with Motor Racing Legends at Donington Historic Festival, Silverstone Classic and Spa Six Hour and at Goodwood:

1980 FIA FORD CAPRI 3.0-LITRE ‘FABERGE’ CAR
Estimate: £70,000 – £80,000
This exacting copy of the Fabergé Capris built to the ultimate new British Touring car FIA specification. Mechanically this Capri has been built to the ultimate specification with input from leading engineers and a current top touring car ace. Using the best available Capri 1.6 base car available, it was dipped, seam-welded, fitted with a T45 roll cage, re-dipped, powder coated and superbly painted. The exacting build included a Ric Wood, state of the art, 3.0-litre Group 1 engine producing 300+ bhp which has been MSA inspected and sealed as per Goodwood, Motor Racing Legends and Tony Dron Trophy regulations.This car is eligible for all forms of historic touring car racing including the Goodwood Member’s Meeting, Tony Dron Trophy, CTCRC Group1 and Peter Autos.

Our next choice is this 65′ TVR Griffith 400 a great car for Pre ’63 endurance racing due to its lightweight nature. A great weapon for Spa Six Hour, 3 hours, all the Pre-63 GT events and possible a front runner in HSCC’s Future Classics.

1965 FIA TVR GRIFFITH 400
Estimate: £120,000 – £140,000
This right-hand drive TVR Griffith 400 is fitted with a Tuscan dashboard understood to be the last one built. It is a very special, race-winning example with FIA papers valid until 2025 and is eligible for a variety of high profile events throughout the world. The chassis and body are the work of Nigel Reuben Racing in Droitwich, the UK’s leading experts when it comes to full race TVRs from this era and the only company that currently can build an FiA compliant TVR Griffith 400 as raced in period. The car was built and has been run by TT Motors in Dorset and in its last eight races has achieved five wins and two podium finishes.

1965 Mustang Shelby GT350 Competition Replica
Estimate: £40,000-£50,000
Here’s one we have seen before, sold by Auto Addicts in 2015 – we campaigned this Mustang successfully at Spa Six Hour, Tour Britannia and in the Master Gent Drivers series. It has subsequently had lots of money spent on it, and been racing more recently in the Masters Gentlemen Drivers Series and in the Spa 6 hours and at the Silverstone Classic in 2018/16.  Over the last 3 years, the car has been prepared by Chris Ginn and fitted with a new gearbox in 2016 and a rebuilt Steve Warrier engine in 2017. We understand that the car has only logged about 15 hours running time during each of the last two years. Not over priced as it needs the FIA papers renewing but a great car for doing some serious racing.

 

1967 Porsche 911 2.0 Litre SC.
Estimate: £135,000-£155,000
According to its accompanying Certificate of Authenticity this, left-hand drive, matching numbers, ’67 911 S left the factory in October 1966 in Polo Red destined for the European market. The Certificate also states that this car was ordered with various desirable factory options including Recaro sports seats and very rare limited slip diff and drive shafts. Subsequently, the car was exported to the US where it was to remain until 2017. According to the car’s History File, in 2005 it underwent a full restoration by The Vintage Motorcar Company in Atlanta, Georgia in its original colours to a ‘Concours’ standard and as a result, enjoyed much success on the Concours circuit.  The next owner decided that #306301S should be transformed into an homage to the Vic Elford’s 1968 Monte Carlo winning car. Which is what we see here. I haven’t seen this car, but from what I am reading it doesn’t sound like it has seen much action, I am hoping someone might just save this red pocket rocket from itself and use it for some serious adventure driving. Quite tempted myself.  (Ed.)

And here are the best of the rest:

2010 CHEVRON B8
Estimate: £100,000 – £120,000
Completed in 2010 by Vin Malkie of Chevron Racing Ltd., this fabulous “continuation” Chevron B8 is powered by a new BMW M10, built and supplied by L.H.Owen and has a Hewland FT200 gearbox supplied new in 2010. It was prepared by Terry King Racing for the 2018 season running in the Masters Series. This striking Banana Yellow racer has new FIA/HTP papers, signed off in 2018, endorsing its conformity to the original specification. As further confirmation, it has a ‘Letter of Authenticity’ from Chevron signed by the directors in 2018. It is race-ready with all safety items in date and also has four spare wheels with new Avon ‘wets’.

1961 EMERYSON FORMULA 1 CLIMAX FPF (FIA)
Estimate: £180,000 – £225,000
The ex-Jack Fairman/Mike Spence 1962 works car is the only surviving F1 Emeryson and a piece of Grand Prix History. It was completely rebuilt, with no expense spared, by the Cars International team in 2017 with the Monaco Historique the following year in mind. The work included replacing the rollover hoop and strengthening and crack testing the chassis, newly fabricated suspension (with spare parts), a brake overhaul including new pipes throughout, new driveshafts, a new gearbox, a full rewire, and a thorough engine rebuild. In total, close to £90,000 was spent and no stone left unturned, including re-painted chassis and bodywork. The car performed faultlessly at the event and has been garaged ever since.

1965 STUDEBAKER LARK DAYTONA 500*
Estimate: £100,000 – £130,000
Beautifully prepared and expertly engineered, this is the only racing Lark Daytona 500 in Europe with its rarity sure to ensure invitations to all the greatest saloon car races in the world. It has been built on a no expense spared basis, originally by renowned single seater experts Fortec Motorsport and more recently by historic saloon specialists, Richard Moore Racing. The car runs with a top specification Peter Knight freshly prepared and fully FIA compliant Chevrolet V8 which gives circa 430bhp. The car runs to a minimum agreed weight of 1,200 Kgs in the Masters Series and is also rev-limited to 7,000 rpm. It has been invited and competed at Goodwood 5 times over the last decade gaining regular top finishes in the Pierpoint Cup, the Jack Sears Trophy, and the St. Mary’s Trophy.

1966 FORD CORTINA LOTUS. EX-WORKS
Estimate: £180,000 – £200,000
This is one of only three ‘Group 5’ works cars that were built by Lotus for the 1966 British Saloon Car Championship and has been driven by Jim Clark, Peter Arundell, Jacky Ickx, Sir John Whitmore and Graham Hill. In June 1966 it was converted to fuel-injection by BRM and in its first race with the new engine, won its class at the hands of Sir John Whitmore. The car is presented in race ready condition and, importantly, retains its original shell and all the period race modifications to the suspension and the engine.

1968 FIA LOTUS ELAN S4
Estimate: £28,000 – £32,000
Race-prepared and road legal, this Elan S4 has FIA HTP papers which are valid until 2025. It is powered by a 1598cc Lotus Twin Cam with an all steel 701M block and its engine was fully rebuilt in June 2017. It has also been fitted with a Safety Devices roll-cage, new plumbed in extinguisher, and Tillet FIA seat. FInished in the famous Team Lotus colours, it is eligible for a variety of championships and a proven class winner.

All of the cars up for auction will be available for viewing during show opening hours up until 2pm on Saturday. The Autosport International Show Sale Auction Catalogue 2019 admits two people into the auction and viewing, however, tickets for the Autosport International Show will also be required.

Tickets are available for the Autosport Show right here:  www.autosportinternational.com.

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