Silverstone Auctions will auction a Group C Aston Martin AMR1 racing car from 1989 at its Race Retro sale in February
Headlining Silverstone Auctions’ first sale of 2017, held at the Race Retro motorsport event on 24 February, is a 1989 Aston Martin AMR1 Group C racecar. The AMR1/05 has secured a number of race wins and podium places with legendary race drivers behind the wheel. The car will be offered with an estimate of £500,000 to £550,000.
The auction – which is held at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire – provides racecar collectors an opportunity to acquire a genuine ex-Works AMR1 from one of the great and golden eras of motorsport.
The last, lightest and most powerful of just four Works built cars, chassis AMR1/05 competed and finished in three world championship events in period at the hands of Works drivers including Grand Prix driver, IMSA championship winner and Le Mans racer Brian Redman, the Le Mans class winning, great, late David Leslie, David Sears (son of Jack Sears) and Le Mans winner Stanley Dickens.
The car made its debut at Donington Park in 1989, when the newly-built chassis AMR1/05 finished in seventh position. Then, later that season, at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, the AMR1/05 finished seventh. At the final round in 1989 in Mexico City, which was also the final race for the Aston Martin, AMR1/05, now upgraded from a 6.0-litre to a 6.3-litre Version Two engine, producing 740bhp, finished eighth, driven by Leslie and Roe, securing sixth place overall for the team in the championship.
Sold in 1990 after the factory team was disbanded, AMR1/05 has been professionally maintained and regularly campaigned at an international level in historic Group C and IMSA racing in the UK, Europe and USA.
Nick Whale, managing director at Silverstone Auctions said: ‘This car represents a major piece of motor racing heritage with unquestionable provenance, superb build quality, and with a proven ability to win.’