Silverstone Classic Race Car
ex-Barry Sheene Toyota Supra
Along with a number of historic Minis and Porsches, two noteworthy racer of interest include a Group A Toyota Supra and a BMW M3 E30 raced in the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) by late former motorcycle champion Barry Sheene, and 1992 BTCC champion Tim Harvey.
Raced during the 1985 season in what was then called the Trimoco British Saloon Car Championship, chassis number 00056255 formed part of the works Toyota team entered by Hughes of Beaconsfield, and driven by Sheene a year after his retirement from competitive motorcycle racing.
The sole works Toyota entry that year following the departure of star driver Win Percy to the Tom Walkinshaw Jaguar / Rover European Touring Car programme, 00056255 netted Sheene a third place finish in round two at Silverstone, before a six-car pileup two rounds later at Thruxton necessitated the fitment of a new bodyshell.
A third place the following round at Silverstone as well as top six placings at Donington Park, Brans Hatch and Silverstone eventually resulted in Sheene finishing the season 16th overall and sixth in class A. Sold off in 1987 and extensively restored in 2012, 00056255, finished in its original Hughes of Beaconsfield livery, is expected to fetch between £60 000-£80 000 (R985 512-R 1 314 017) come auction day.
ex-Tim Harvey BMW M3
Campaigned during the 1991 BTCC season, the last for the essentially Group A derived M3 in the then new 2.0-litre formula, which would go on to be known as Super Touring, the Vic Lee Racing (VLR) build model in question took Harvey to three podium finishes, one being a victory at the Silverstone finale, and eighth overall with a total of 42 points.
Still resplendent in its white-and-blue Labatt's livery with accompanying drinking/driving warning down the side, the one-of-five VLR build M3's has remained competitive by doing battle in the recently established Historic Super Touring Car Championship, and is estimated to sell for between £140 000-£180 000 (R2 299 530-R 2 956 538).
2015 Land Rover Defender 90 Heritage
Possibly one of the most interesting models to go under the hammer, this special Heritage edition SWB Defender was delivered to Mr Bean star Rowan Atkinson in November of that year, and has covered just 2 260 miles (3 637 km) since then.
Finished in Grasmere Green and powered by a 90 kW 2.2 TD4 engine, the star of Blackadder, The Thin Blue Line and Johnny English had it fitted with a number of options including a heritage grille, heavy duty steel wheels, white roof, HUE 166 graphics in tribute to the first Defender, silver bumper, perforated leather on the steering wheel, gear knob and handbrake, aluminium inserts, upgraded sound system, cloth seats with vinyl back and sides, mud flaps, tow bar and a unique dog cage.
It is estimated to go for between £38 000-£45 000 (R624 158- R739 134).
1991 Vauxhall Lotus Carlton
Known as the Opel Lotus Omega in Europe, the holy grail of fast Opel's featured a stroked version of the regular Carlton GSI's 3.0-litre engine, enlarged to 3.6-litres, and then boosted by two Garrett turbochargers for a total of 281 kW. Mated to a six-speed manual gearbox lifted from the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, the Carlton could go from 0-100 km/h in 5.0 seconds and reach a top speed of 283 km/h, enough to cause outrage in the UK and be branded as the car too fast for British roads.
Finished in its signature Imperial Green paint and numbered 28 of the 284 units allocated for the UK, this particular Carlton has done only 4 500 miles (7 242 km) since new, and is expected to go for £60 000-£65 000 (R985 512- R1 067 638).
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