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Rare and exclusive cars to feature in Silverstone Classic

Published on 19 Jun 2019, 08:42
  • 1 of only 200 Renault 5 Turbo 2 Evolutions to be offered
  • Very rare Maserati Bora 4.7-litre coupe in right-hand drive
  • 1 of 50 Series 3 commemorative Jaguar E-types and the first AC Aceca with a Bristol engine

Silverstone Auctions sale on the 26th to 28th July is set to feature four very special lots among the entries already consigned.

The sale which takes place at the Silverstone Classic race meeting will feature some very well-known models with superb provenance and rarity, with limited build being the united theme.

The auction already features one Group B rarity, the never rallied Metro 6R4 and to spice the sale up further, a Renault 5 Turbo 2 Evolution homologation has now been consigned. 1 of 200 cars built as required to fulfil the requirements to go rallying and take on the likes of the Metro 6R4 and Lancias.

Having just recently been imported to the UK from France, this 1985 Renault 5 Turbo 2 is the 8221 variant and number 133 of 200 built to allow for the official homologation of the Maxi 5 to compete in Group B rallying. It came with a capacity increase to 180bhp and an alloy roof and doors to comply with the forthcoming rallying regulations. There is some known history to this car, it was delivered new to a Renault dealer in Montlhery and is fitted with the very rare, but magnificent Turbo 1 seats, which are considered far better and a very desirable upgrade (the original T2 seats are also included). This is a left-hand drive car which has its NOVA certificate and is currently awaiting a UK registration number.  The car has recently had the engine rebuilt and serviced and also undergone a thorough inspection by Renault 5 Turbo specialist, Olly Melliard, whose has produced a full report to accompany the car. Estimated at £75,000 to £85,000, but with further research on this R5 Turbo’s history, its value could only increase.

The Maserati Bora was designed by the legendary Giorgetto Giugiaro as a mid-engine grand tourer bringing sophistication to the mid-engine platform. Of the 530 Boras built from 1971 to 1979, just 42 right-hand drive cars were fitted with the 4.7 litre V8 engine and this particular car is one of those very rare models. Presented in Rosso Fuoco this fabulous car has been part of a Swiss collection for many years and is now being offered for sale in original and unrestored condition for an estimated £125,000 to £175,000.

Harry Whale auction manager for Silverstone Auctions commented: “We are very excited to offer these cars at our flagship sale at the Silverstone Classic in just over four weeks. The Renault 5 Turbo 2 will certainly attract interest as Group B rallying and anything to do with it has a strong following. The E-Type is a very special car for Jaguar enthusiasts, as very few of these commemorative editions have come to market.”

The Jaguar E-Type has always been considered one of the most desirable British sports cars and to commemorate the end of production in 1974 for the Series 3, they built 50 final editions of the V12 roadster with only 19 fitted with a manual transmission. This particular car being offered is number 6 and out of the 50 and also one of those 19, making this an exceptionally rare and sought-after E-Type. A matching numbers car with just four keepers and coming from a significant private collection where it has resided for the last 10 years. It has had a lot of expenditure lavished on it to ensure it is presented to a high standard and estimated at £175,000 to £195,000.

Registered in July 1958, this stunning AC Aceca-Bristol is thought to be the first of 89 Bristol engined cars in right-hand drive form. The car was delivered new to Ken Rudd whose company were official suppliers of AC cars to fulfil an order from a Flying Officer, before it was purchased by Graham Enfield of Camden Motors in 1966 who was to own it until 2005 when the current vendor acquired the car. It comes with a wonderful detailed story of the vendors journey to bring the Aceca back to its former glory and become a multiple winning Concours car. The car was partially stripped in 1967 and remained that way for the next 38 years when it was rolled out of storage along with 50 boxes of original parts. The journey to restore the car then started and on Christmas day in 2014 it was driven for the first time in over 47 years and with all the small jobs being finished over the next couple of years the car won its first Concours in May 2015 and continued to do so every year. Estimated at £110,000 to £130,000, this is a fantastic matching numbers, original gearbox and chassis car, with a wonderful story.

Harry Whale continued: “All these cars are fresh to market and rare examples produced by these marques, providing a rare opportunity for prospective buyers to own a very special car.”

The Silverstone Classic Auction takes place on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th July 2019 offering an exclusive selection of classic cars, sports cars and supercars and automobilia. The lots can be previewed on the 26th July from 09.00 to 18.00.

Silverstone Auctions are accepting cars for their Silverstone Classic auction and can be contacted on 01926 691141 or email enquiries@silverstoneauctions.com and would be happy to talk with you and help you through the process of consigning your car.