Touring Car legends head to Silverstone Auctions
Three homologation legends on the block: 1987 Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth, 1990 BMW E30 M3 Sport Evolution and 1992 Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II
Three Touring Car homologation specials from the golden era of tin-top racing are set to go under the hammer during the two-day Silverstone Classic sale.
The butch roster on offer from Silverstone Auctions during the July 21-22 sale at the Northants circuit includes a 1987 Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth, 1990 BMW E30 M3 Sport Evolution and 1992 Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II, each one in outstanding condition.
Besides giving car collectors an incredibly rare opportunity to bag a genuine homologation legend, the vehicles represent perhaps the most iconic models of 1980s and ’90s motor sport.
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‘These three cars come from a time when Touring Car racing was at its peak, both in terms of popularity and in the cars produced from the series,’ says Nick Whale, managing director of Silverstone Auctions.
‘The road-going homologation specials are the closest many can get to experiencing the ferocity, power and speed from the heyday of Touring Car racing, and we’re delighted to be offering all three challengers at our headline sale of the year at Silverstone.’
1987 Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth
The Cosworth is a right-hand-drive UK example boasting production number 38 of the 500 RS500 models manufactured. A legend in its own lifetime, the RS500 remains one of the most sought-after modern classics on the current market.
Coming from single-family ownership, this particular model has been barn stored for the majority of its life and has covered a mere 11,000 miles from new. Expect the bidding war to be fierce.
Noted expert and registrar of the RS500 Owners Club, Paul Linfoot, inspected the car and described it as ‘one of the most original RS500s I have ever seen’. It will be offered at auction in original, ‘barn find’ condition, with an estimate of £90,000-£105,000.
1990 BMW E30 M3 Sport Evolution
This BMW, number 139 of just 600 limited editions produced, is presented in outstanding condition throughout. Originally sold in Germany, it was imported to the UK in 1999 and has been thoroughly pampered by its three UK owners.
It is finished in Jet Black Metallic with black nappa leather-trimmed Recaro sports seats, as well as a suede-covered steering wheel, handbrake lever and gearstick, and it comes with a number of performance upgrades and options.
Over the years it has covered a mere 127,765km (equivalent to 79,389 miles) and has been treated to a sympathetic re-commissioning including a bare-metal respray. It offers an incredibly rare opportunity to purchase one of BMW Motorsport’s finest creations, and comes with an estimate of £85,000-£95,000 at auction.
1992 Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II
Last but not least, a 1992 Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II joins the auction line-up. Number 167 of 502 cars produced, it was first purchased in Switzerland and was later acquired by the director of one of the leading Mercedes-Benz dealerships in Holland, where it became a showroom centrepiece.
Having arrived in the UK more recently, this incredible example has had just four owners from new and covered just 34,000 miles, earning it an auction estimate of £130,000-£150,000.
‘These are three truly rare, perhaps once-in-a lifetime, opportunities. Based on their motor sport heritage alone it’s fantastic to see these spectacular cars return to the Silverstone Circuit, and it will be exciting to see them compete once again, this time at auction,’ concludes Nick.
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