Leslie, Reid BTCC Super Tourers head for Silverstone Auction
Two cars from the most evocative era of the BTCC will be sold by Silverstone Auctions next month, and both are fit for a racing return
Two British Touring Cars driven by series heroes David Leslie and Anthony Reid during the championship’s revered Super Touring era will be sold by Silverstone Auctions next month.
The 1997 ex-Leslie Nissan Primera and 1999 Reid Ford Mondeo feature in Silverstone Auctions’ February 23 Race Retro Competition Car sale at Stoneleigh Park.
A Primera driven by 1999 British Touring Car Championship runner-up Leslie carries an estimate of £80,000 to £100,000. The car from 1997 was fully restored to its factory livery in 2013 and has only had one outing since being purchased by its current owner in 2005.
The sale includes spares amounting to an estimated £50,000 in value, with an extra engine, bodywork, suspension and 40 wheels listed. Also included is set-up and pit equipment with data sets. The short-lived Super Touring era was famed for its technical complexity but the Primera is sold with a compatible laptop.
Alongside, a Mondeo as driven by Reid in the last three rounds of the 1999 season will be sold for an estimated £70,000 to £80,000. Run by David Richards’ Prodrive outfit, this specific car was originally destined to be the spare for the year until Reid damaged his original chassis beyond repair at Knockhill.
In recent years it has undergone a £30,000 engine rebuild by Advanced Motorsport, with the new motor having only had four hours running since. During that time its owner has enjoyed notable success, scoring third and fourth place finishes at the Silverstone Classic last year and another fourth at the Oulton Park Gold Cup.
Both cars are eligible to compete in the Historic Sports Car Club’s Super Touring Car Trophy and would fall into the post 1990 ST1 class for two-litre Super Tourers dating from 1996-2000. The HSCC series will feature again at the 2018 Silverstone Classic in July.