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Little Classics News: 22 June 2015

New Classic Racing Car Sale Announced for July

1977 March-Toyota F3

A selection of iconic racing cars rarely seen on the open market will be available in the competition car-only Silverstone Auctions sale held ahead of the Silverstone Classic on 23 July 2015. The event will complement the two main classic car sales over 24-26 July.

As well as two ex-BTCC cars a selection of single-seaters raced by Piercarlo Ghinzani – one of Italy’s most successful racing drivers of the Eighties – will also take pride of place in the Competition Car Sale.

One of the cars available is a 1983 Osella-Alfa Romeo Formula One car, which was raced in the World Championship by Ghinzani. The car is in a ready-to-race condition after a fresh restoration, including an engine rebuild. This is a unique opportunity to purchase an original single-ownership from new racing car with complete and known provenance. The car is available for sale at an estimate of £100,000 - £125,000.

1961 Lotus MK14 Elite ‘Super 95’

Before his debut into Formula One, Ghinzani drove in Formula 3. The 1977 March-Toyota F3 (top) was used to win the championship that season after an impressive nine podium appearances - leading to a victory over racing legends such as Nelson Piquet and Elio de Angelis. The car has been professionally stored and maintained and is offered for sale at an estimate of £45,000 - £55,000.

Looking at lower-budget competitive historic racing cars, the 1961 Lotus MK14 Elite ‘Super 95’ (above) looks like superb value for money. Offered for sale at an estimate of £60,000 - £75,000 this race-prepared Lotus has competed at many iconic and prestigious events such as the Goodwood Members’ Meeting, Spa 6 hours, pre-’63 GT Series as well as securing an invite to the prestigious 2014 Le Mans Classic. This race-ready historic racer has all valid race papers and is in usable condition and proven to be highly competitive in a field of costly racing cars.

1959 Cooper Monaco

Another unique racing car with exciting provenance is a 1959 Cooper Monaco (above). The successor to the successful ‘Bobtail’, it featured a 2.0-litre engine, all aluminium bodywork and a notoriously short wheelbase. It was hugely successful on track – especially in the hands of Sir Stirling Moss.

The car has an illustrious history and has achieved two BRDC Sportscar Championship victories as well as numerous Goodwood podiums and race wins over Europe. The car returns to Silverstone Classic after racing at the event in 2007, 2009 and 2012, where it most recently finished second overall. It is one of the most significant historic racing cars ever offered for sale. Not only does it have an extensive history but it is also a ticket to some of the most prestigious races over the world. It is offered for auction with an estimate of £160,000 - £180,000.

1965 Ford Cortina GT Mk1

One of our favourite however, has an estimate of a mere £13,000 - £15,000, which is this rather cool 1965 Ford Cortina GT Mk1 (above). Powered by a pre-crossflow GT engine with twin 40 Weber carburettors and connected to the correct 2000E gearbox, it has new MSA historic rally papers and a successful rallying history.

Nick Whale, managing director of Silverstone Auctions, says: “It’s a pleasure to be returning to Silverstone Classic again this year – an event we’re proud partners of. This year marks an exciting new prospect for drivers and spectators, with the first-ever racing car-only sale at such a special motorsport event.



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