MAR 18th 2015

Bonhams' sneak preview gallery: Rally cars and the rest!

Having teased you earlier with the outstanding Ferrari 250 GTO re-creation Bonhams will be selling at the inaugural Members’ Meeting sale on Saturday, we thought it only right to share some of the other lots with you, principally the rally cars…

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Tragically, at the time of publishing a shipping issue meant that the ex-Hannu Mikkola Audi Quattro is not yet on site. However, there is still more than enough Grade A rallying fodder for us to get our teeth in to, like the ex-Pentti Airikkala, Roger Clark, Stig Blomqvist, Ari Vatanen and Bjorn Waldegard 1975Mk2 Escort. After a full career back in the day the car was fully rebuilt in 2004 and still looks fresh and ready for action. Is there another Mk2 which has been driven by so many top drivers? Bonhams reckons the high estimate to be £120,000.

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With an upper estimate of more than double  that is the highly sought-after Audi Quattro Sport SWB Coupe. Believed to be one of six cars originally imported into the UK, it is just crying out to be driven. Looking at its specification it’s ripe for the task too, having enjoyed a full re-commissioning from marque experts AM Cars. The paint is original, but almost everything mechanical has been inspected and serviced where necessary. Seriously, it’s so gorgeous it could clear the £300,000 mark. As we’ve said before in such instances: ‘Find another one …’

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Staying in the Group B rally era, but in the two-wheel-drive department is the Renault 5 Turbo. What’s more this is a ‘Turbo 1’ example with the aluminium roof, rear hatch and doors which weren’t fitted to the far more plentiful ‘Turbo 2’. It’s cool, it’s had four owners (one of whom owned it for 26 years) and the interior is just superb. But above all of that… just look at it!

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Still very cool, although possibly not quite possessing the Renault’s Gallic good looks is this Volvo 242. One of three cars built by the famous Swedes for the European Touring Car Championship, it only competed in one event before being converted for rally duty and eventually converted to right hand drive. Now restored, Bonhams reckons a bid somewhere between £55,000 – 70,000 should secure it. As cool as it is though, it might struggle to outscore the next car we looked at in that department.

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Like the Quattro, the Ford Escort Twin Cam was homologated for competition, although its achievements were somewhat overshadowed by the Escort RS1800. UK cars were nearly all Ermine White, but in Australia the Twin Cam was available in a full range of colours, hence the Onyx Green Metallic of this example which was assembled not at Halewood but Sydney. Having resided in Australia until 2008 it appears to be an original, rust-free car. £40,000 – 45,000 should be enough to secure this very cool fast Ford.

We’d love to cover all the great cars currently parked in Bonhams’ auction hall down at the Chicane Paddock, but we had to stop at some point! You can see a full list of all the entries on Bonhams’ website here

Check out our gallery ‘behind’ the main image to see: Maserati ‘Birdcage’, Jaguar C-Type re-creation, Porsche 911 Targa, Jaguar XK120, Maserati Merak SS, Shelby Mustang GT350, detail pictures of the rally cars and more …

 

Photography: Tom Shaxson

 

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