New Year hangovers could be given some ‘hair of the dog’ as International auctioneers Coys head to the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham Autosport International 2018. This headlining auction of Grand Prix, competition, touring and rally cars will no doubt attract huge crowds who all flock to see millions of pounds worth of classics go under the hammer, Saturday 13 Jan 2018.
Amongst the muscle cars there are some stand-out favourites, such as a 1993 Ferrari F40 Michelotto LM Specification (est: £800,000- £1,000,000). The mid-engine, rear-wheel drive, two-door coupé sports was car built from 1987 to 1992 and successor to the Ferrari 288 GTO. This prancing horse legend was designed to celebrate Ferrari’s fortieth anniversary and was the last Ferrari automobile personally approved by Enzo Ferrari.
Restoration was carried out in 1985 including roll hoop and race suspension by G-Tex (Will Gollop) in England as well as race shock absorbers by Intrax. Stack instrumentation and air jack were also given attention.
Following a sale to Ferrari collector and Privateer racer Michel Oprey, it was then sold and raced by Patrick Huisman, David Hart, Mike Hezemans and Hans te Pas on various circuits throughout Europe. Once again, the F40 participated in the Ferrari Porsche challenge throughout the 2000 season which included races at Monza, Spa, Brands Hatch, Zolder and the Nürburgring. In the late 2000’s the car was laid up at a marque specialists storage facility before being purchased by the current vendor and restored back to its former condition.
Another car sure to send the auctioneers hammer into overdrive is this 95 Aston Martin Virage Supercharged V8 Wide Body (est: £220,000- £280,000). Showcased at the popular 1988 Birmingham Motor Show in Coupe form, the new Virage was given a steroid injection to bolster it’s muscular definition even further, notably 330bhp, a top speed approaching 160mph was possible and 60mph in under 7 seconds.
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Other head-turning lots include a 1979 Lotus Sunbeam (est: £28,000- £38,000), built to a full works rally specification and includes MSA history documentation. Said to be ‘extremely well sorted’ and rebuilt for rallying to a high level of detail. The starting point is the shell which has been strengthened and seam welded, and modified with a works tub to accomodate a larger fuel tank and dry sump oil tank. The wheel arches have been extended to Group 4 specification, and a Safety Device bolt-in cage has been fitted. The wiring loom has been replaced with a rally-designed item featuring pop-out fuses.
The engine has been treated to a rebuild by specialist Phil Davison (featuring omega pistons and conrods, and a big valve head), and is now running with dry sump lubrication, which helps it to produce 240bhp (a print out is available to support this). Fueling is handled by 50mm Weber carburettors, breathing is improved by a Tony Law exhaust manifold and system, and cooling is bettered with an alloy radiator.
Other breathtaking classics include a 1975 Ferrari 365 GT4/BB (est: £280,000- £320,000), accompanied by a comprehensive history file which consists of all major work carried out from 1982, including invoices for restoration work and maintenance work from specialist Nick Cartwright as well as many pictures detailing every stage of the restoration process including the bare metal respray that was recently undertaken. Also included is an original Ferrari tool kit and the original 365GT4/BB alloy wheels (the car currently sits on later 512BB alloys).
There can be little doubt of the next cars pedigree, as a multiple concours winner and carrying only 43,000 recorded miles on it’s speedometer. This 1964 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 Roadster (est: £120,000- £150,000) is described as in generally good/excellent condition, well restored and with an in depth history, current MoT/tax and V5C document.
Eye Catching Vehicles
Other eye catching vehicles also going under the hammer are a 1966 Ford Mustang race car, 1989 Ford XR3i Cabriolet (est: £6,000-£8,000), 1957 Austin A35 HRDC Race Car (est: £20,000-£30,000), 1984 BMW 635 ‘Marlboro’ Group A Touring Car (est: £200,000-£250,000) and even the legendary Ford Capri 3.0 Ghia (no reserve) with only 78,000 miles recorded.
Full details of all lots for this auction can be found here.
The Ferrari F2004 – one of the most dominant cars in Formula One history – is also set to take pride of place on the main Ferrari feature at Europe’s biggest pre-season motorsport show, Autosport International – here.