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Coys at the Donington Collection 30th April 2006 - Preview

Held to coincide with a holiday weekend’s quality historic racing at the newly refurbished Donington Park Circuit, Coys next auction includes many competition machines like the 1982 Ex-works ‘Rothmans’ Porsche 956.

One of only 10 works cars produced, chassis 956 004 debuted at Le Mans in 1982 driven by Holbert/Haywood/Barth, the car finishing in third position behind the two other Rothmans cars as part of a clean sweep for the team. It was then entered in other races that year before being held back as a spare car in 1983/4 (apart from a one-off entry at Sandown Park, Australia, in December 1984) and then sold as a works-restored race car via German driver and team owner Willi Kauhsen. Having had just three owners, and with an extensive amount of documented history from such legendary figures as Ralf Sprenger (head of the Porsche’s competition car repair and rebuild section) it must represent one of the most attractive buys for a Porsche enthusiast. The price? ‘Refer Department’ so you’ll have to give them a ring.

BMW Schnitzer 320i Turbo Group 5 Touring Car - £45,000-55,000

1995 LHD Aston Martin Vantage - £70,000-80,000

Another German racing car is the 1976 ex- Manfred Winkelhock BMW Schnitzer 320i Turbo Group 5 Touring Car, at an estimate of £45,000-55,000. As part of the late ‘70s/early ‘80s national racing series the ‘DRM’, these cars and equivalents from Porsche and Ford, were part of the most colourful and exciting series to be held in Europe. A lot of very powerful (700 hp on its day!) car for the money. There’s also a 1992 Lola T92/10 Group C Sports Prototype, £210,000-250,000, for those wanting something a little more recent, as well as a 1999 Reynard Champcar Interseries Winner at £50,000-70,000.

Perhaps better suited to the races at the Donington Classic are several older historic racing cars, such as the 1962 Jaguar E-Type S1 3.8 'Low Drag Coupe Style', £65,000-75,000, or the 1967 Jaguar E-Type S1 FHC competition car at £26,000-32,000. There’s also a 1970 Alfa Romeo GTA 1300 Junior , £30,000-32,000, just right for the Tour Auto next year.

1984 Ferrari 400i - £9,500-10,500

1970 Alfa Romeo GTA 1300 Junior - £30,000-32,000

1990 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary Edition - £50,000-60,000

1938 Jaguar SS100 - £110,000-130,000

To more sedate gentleman’s carriages, how about a 1984 Ferrari 400i, £9,500-10,500, described by Coys as ‘one of the finest examples of this tipo that we have ever had the opportunity to sell’. And the big bonus is that its first owner was none other than Colonel Ronnie Hoare, Chairman of Maranello Concessionaires. Aston Martin are represented by a LHD 1995 Vantage at £70,000-80,000, a car with just 14,666 miles on it from new.

If you’re looking for Bentleys then the 1934 Bentley 3½ Litre Open Tourer by Oxburrow and Fuller might be worth a bid as it’s estimated at £55,000-60,000 but has ‘No Reserve’, while the magnificent 1929 Bentley 4½ Litre open tourer by Vanden Plas is ‘Refer Department’.

Other cars that catch the eye include a cute 1956 Citroen 2CV AZL ‘Ripple Bonnet’ at £6,000-8,000, a 1938 Jaguar SS100, £110,000-130,000, and a 1982 Audi Quattro, with just one owner from new at £6,000-8,000.

The Sale will take place in the Donington Grand Prix Collection on Sunday 30th April with Automobilia & Collectors’ Items commencing at 13.00, the Motor Cars at 14.30.

To see the complete lotlisting please click HERE or CLICK HERE to see all entries on the Coys website.

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Text - Steve Wakefield
Photos - Coys

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