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Silverstone Race Retro Classic auction highlights: Part 3

01.02.2018

In this final preview, we look ahead to the cars expected to go under the hammer at the 2018 edition of the Silverstone Race Retro Classic auction set to take place on 23-24 February.

Race Retro Classic Cars

1983 Aston Martin Lagonda

Without doubt one of the most controversial Astons ever produced, the William Towns styled Lagonda was not only an attempt to revive the historic Lagonda nameplate and rival the likes of Rolls-Royce and Bentley, but also bring in the finances as the company was staring potential bankruptcy in the face.

Said to have been based on a folded paper style of design, the highly controversial Lagonda proved to be a massive failure with only 645 made between 1976-1990.

Affixed with the chassis number L00R13277, this Windsor Red Metallic series II example has undergone numerous repairs and indeed restoration by its respective owners, with the biggest coming in 1997 and a full-body welding and repair at a cost of some £6 000 (R101 631) in 2015.

In Series II guise, made from 1976-1985, the Lagonda also adopted a full LED digital dashboard but retained its 206 kW 5.3-litre V8 and Chrysler sourced three-speed TorqueFlight automatic gearbox. Having covered 108 200 miles (174 131 km) since new, the Lagonda is estimated to fetch between £40 000 - £46 000 (R677 545- R779 177).

1991 BMW 850i

Although BMW is in the process of putting the final touches on the all-new 8-series that will spawn a high performance M8 as well as the Le Mans bound M8 GTE, the original Klaus Kapitza styled E31 is likely to remain one of the automaker's iconic models that will always garner a second glimpse.

Registered in the UK in March of 1991, the Mauritius Blue 850i heading to auction has only completed 39 882 miles (64 183 km), a mere 532 miles (856 km) since its last major service in August 2017, and said to be in mint condition as well as having a complete documented history.

Powered by a 220 kW, 5.0-litre M70B50 V12 engine linked to a five-speed automatic gearbox, the 850i is expected to fetch £20 000 - £25 000 (R338 772-R423 466).

1982 Ferrari 400 GTi

A Ferrari mostly panned for its less than dramatic performance and apparent focus on the American market, the 365 GT4, upgraded as the 400 in 1976 and then the 412 in 1985, was eventually replaced by the more curvy 456 in 1992, but not before certain models were given a slight upgrade.

Claimed to be one of only 25 ever made, this 400 GTi also comes fitted with a five-speed manual gearbox as opposed to the General Motors sourced three-speed automatic featured in the majority of 365/400/412 models, and has been meticulously cared for by its owners and even received a complete engine overhaul in 2009.

Resplendent in Azzurro Blue Metallic with a beige / light blue interior and equipped with rear air-conditioning, the GTi has done a mere 52 269 miles (84 118 km) and is expected to fetch £45 000 - £55 000 (R762 238-R931 625).

1996 Ford Escort RS Cosworth

A replacement for the lacklustre two-wheel drive, later four-wheel drive, Sierra RS Cosworth in the World Rally Championship, the Escort RS Cosworth shared the same platform and indeed 2.0-litre turbocharged engine, but came wrapped in a more striking body highlighted by a distinctive bi-plane rear spoiler.

Producing 169 kW and driving all four wheels through a five-speed manual 'box, this RS, finished in its signature Imperial Blue Metallic hue, has covered just 29 000 miles (46 670 km) since new and according to Silverstone auctions, rates as a "rare example of a well cared for, unmolested example of this desirable RS". It is expected to drop hammer at £45 000 - £50 000 (R762 238-R846 932).

1993 Mercedes-Benz 500E

One of the original sleeper or Q-cars, the 500E, before the days of AMG produced models, rated as the most powerful and fastest version of the W124 sedan, with its 5.0-litre V8 pumping out some 240 kW and 480 Nm of torque. Despite solely being offered with a four-speed automatic 'box, top speed was a claimed 260 km/h and 0-100 km/h in just six seconds.

Like the Heritage edition Land Rover sold at the 2017 auction, this 500E belonged to actor lover Rowan Atkinson and has done 80 500 km with the Blackadder star having sold with no reserve set.

1989 Lancia Thema 8.32

Even rarer than the 500E, the Thema 8.32 sported a 32 valve 2.9-litre Ferrari V8 engine, which, at its peak, punched out 158 kW without a catalytic converter fitted, allowing for a top speed of 240 km/h and 0-100 km/h in under seven seconds. Also owned by Atkinson and trimmed in velour upholstery with wood inserts, the 8.32 is listed with no reserve and said to one of less than 20 sold in the UK.

Article written by Autodealer
01.02.2018
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