The Retromobile Paris is looming fast and as usual RM Sotheby's have a great selection of top class classics to select from, but here are my top five...
A historically significant 1989 Aston Martin AMR1 Group C racecar and important piece of British Motorsport history will be offered for sale by Silverstone Auctions at Race Retro on 24th February 2017.
Back in 1996 the design and race engineers at Lola, headed by Russell Anniston, were challenged to build a Formula 1-style car that could be UK road registered. The street car had to embody the excitement, visual cues, and sense of theatre of a traditional Formula 1 racing car, while still addressing the practical road issues involved. The most practical way of demonstrating this was to build one. It took the best part of 15 years from concept through design to completion, and the result is a combination of several racetrack and road-car technologies and this is how the unique F1R was created,
Never before offered on the open market, this ‘time warp’ package of car and all the supporting equipment with a huge amount of original documentation including historical photo’s, race entries, race results, passes, etc., is a rare opportunity for the new owner to restore this historically significant racing Porsche and be eligible for and highly competitive in all major historic events Worldwide.
Let me take you back it is 1992 - both Nigel Mansell and Riccardo Patrese are vying for the F1 World Championship title, both fiercely competitive. It is unlikely that Williams will release any of the World Title winning cars, so it is an extremely rare opportunity to acquire Chassis #10 with such a rich history from this golden era of F1.
Next to the 100S this is the second lowest production Healey ever produced, and boy does it have some power! We took it for a gentle burble around the country lanes, it purrs along happily and would be a wonderful addition to a collection or perfect for road rallies and tours. This one has given great pleasure to its present owner and will undoubtedly continue to do so with the next, it has everything going for it as a stand out example of the rare BN7 model and offers a great investment opportunity.
Not for the faint hearted or shy retiring types, this beast is wide, loud and needs to be driven mostly sideways shouting yee har simultaneously. Needs a larger tank for endurance racing but should get an entry to all the major Classic events, Silverstone, Goodwood etc. Great previous history too.