A 1985 Ford Sierra Cosworth Group N car with a rich history will top a list of forest-bred machines set to cross the block at Silverstone Auctions’ Race Retro sale on 23 February.
Estimated at £27-30,000, the ‘Cossie’ still wears its livery from the 1988 Ulster Rally, took numerous category wins from 1986-’88 and was used by a roster of drivers including Gwyndaf Evans and the late Bertie Fisher.
It has since been checked over by specialist BGM Sport and declared ready for competition use.
A 1961 Austin-Healey 3000 MkII carrying an estimate of £55-65,000 will likely earn the most for a rally machine, this year.
Originally exported to Philadelphia, USA, the car returned to the UK as a completed restoration project in ’94. It comes fitted with an aluminium body, external jacking points, a long-range fuel tank and an original hardtop.
The engine runs with triple SU HD8 carburettors and features Denis Welch Motorsport parts such as an alloy head and inlet manifolds, forged pistons, fast-road cams, plus a straight-cut gearbox.
Similarly prepared is a 1976 Triumph TR7 (£40-48,000) that was fitted with a Rover V8 and was subject to a complete rebuild in 2009.
The Triumph comes with a close-ratio gearbox and a Quaife limited-slip differential.
Also on offer are a 1973 Renault Alpine A110 (£35-40,000) and a 1967 Mini Cooper ‘S’ (£16-20,000). The former would be perfect for entry into European rallies, events and tours, while the latter has been campaigned in numerous competitions and comes with an uprated engine, brakes and suspension.
Race Retro has been a successful venue for Silverstone Auctions and the sale house will hope to match last year’s sale, which netted £1.75million, with a 74% sale rate from the 77 lots on offer.