Silverstone Auctions' Race Retro sale is the place to be this weekend if you want to buy an off-the-shelf and ready-to-race classic competition car.
Among the most interesting lots is a unique 1972 Lotus Elan with a genuine Mk1 Lola body (main image). Estimated at £22-26k, although currently on sale with a well-known specialist for £25,950, the road-registered car features a rebuilt dry-sump twin-cam offering nearly 150bhp. It also has a five-speed 'box and limited slip diff.
Also tempting despite its £80-90,000 price tag is a 1953 Jaguar XK120 fixed-head. The appeal of the car is a rich period competition history that is believed to include Ron Flockhart.
Far more modern, but sure to be an invitation magnet for its new owner, is an ex-Colin McRae Nissan 240RS WRC Group B rally car estimated to make £50-60k.
Somewhat cheaper is a 1977 ex-Works Sunbeam Talbot Ti with current FIA papers at £13-17k.
Other rally cars include the usual smattering of Ford Escorts – we like the look of a £14-18k 1995 Group N Escort Cosworth if only for variety's sake – and both Mk1 and Mk2 Lotus Cortinas.
Heading the track cars are a 2000 Ford Mondeo Super Tourer (£100-120,000) and a 2011 Ferrari 450 Challenge car (£115-130k).
Others are a 1962 Triumph TR4 and a freshly built 1964 Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider racer (£30-35k).
Biggest potential bargain for grid-worthiness is the 1994 Harrier LR9C. With Le Mans and British GT championship history and a roster of drivers that included Rob Wilson and Dave Brodie, the 3-litre Alfa powered racer is thought to be worth £32-36,000.
Considering the competition-focused audience that the sale is likely to attract, some of the biggest bargains may be found among the plentiful road cars in in the 100-plus lots.
We've already highlighted the ex-Dr Stephen Ward XK150 immortalised by the Profumo Affair, and one of the Honda NSXs driven by Ayrton Senna in Portugal, but a 1993 Lotus Esprit 2.2 Turbo S4 (£12-16k) is also worth keeping an eye on, as is a late-entry 1957 Triumph TR3 (£24-28,000).
Looking very tempting is a 1993 right-hand-drive Ferrari 348TS with a low estimate of just £20k, while the coming in vogue £38-32,000 1976 365GT4 2+2 with bills for nearly £140,000 might be a great long-term buy if that money was well spent.