MAR 21st 2015

Bonhams at 73MM: The rally car results

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Although famous for its sales at the Festival of Speed and at the Revival meeting, today saw Bonhams stride into new territory with its inaugural Members’ Meeting sale.

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There were a number of lots which grabbed our attention as we pointed out on Thursday in our sneak preview, and the news for anyone hoping to populate their garage with both of the magnificent Audi Quattros is that they have been sold… and for very good prices.

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The ex-Hannu Mikkola Group B car (actually, it was a Group Four machine when the famous Finn was at the wheel) comfortably cleared its lower estimate and sold for £247,900, while the road-going 1985 Quattro Sport Coupe edged past its upper estimate and realised a sizeable £287,100. We’re going to have to check the annals on this one, but we think that could very well be a world record for a Quattro Sport.

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The highly sought-after Renault 5 ‘Turbo 1’ sold right in the middle of its estimate range at £60,860. Despite this being a good price in the current market, we all think these cars are still seriously undervalued. As we said in our preview: Just look at it!

The final rally car to find a new owner was the Mk2 Ford Escort (main image)whose list of pilots read like a who’s who of rallying. Pentti Airikkala, Roger Clark, Ari Vatanen, Bjorn Waldegard and Stig Blomqvist have pedaled the Marlboro-liveried RS1800 at one time or another. £85,500 was required for the new owner to get their name on the log book. A good price, but as with the Renault we’d argue that time will show this to be a bargain.

There were of course many other non-rally cars sold, and one or two surprises, too, but we’ll have to wait until tomorrow when we can confirm those prices.

How about those Audi figures though?!

All prices quoted are fully inclusive

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