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‘90s Touring Cars line-up for Silverstone Auction

Some of the finest 1990s Super Touring Cars will once again line-up at Silverstone this month for an inaugural competition car auction.

A number of Super Touring classics will head for sale at the inaugural Competition car Auction during the Silverstone Classic on July 23.

The auction is the first of its kind to be held as part of the Silverstone Classic, with over 40 cars from a number of disciplines joining the Touring cars under the hammer.

The Super Touring Car regulations allowed the shell from a number of period-family saloon cars to be teamed with 2000cc engine-specs, flat shift sequential gearboxes, and advanced suspension geometrics. At a time when ‘race it on Sunday, sell it on Monday’ was still very much apparent, the regulations drew some of the biggest manufacturers from around the world to series such as the BTCC.

One of the tin-top highlights will be a 1999 Renault Laguna Super Tourer, formerly raced by Jean-Christophe Bouillon. This car, chassis no.99/04, was the last ever chassis built by Sir Frank Williams team, at a time where build-costs were exceeding £1,000,000.  It has since been maintained and raced in the HSCC Super Touring Car Championship. The car is expected to fetch £100,000 - £115,000.

Another star of the lot will be an ex-Anthony Reid Nissan Primera Super Tourer. The BTCC-legend piloted the car in the 1998 season, to help Nissan clinch the manufacturers and teams title. The car nowadays is raced and maintained by gentleman racer Graeme Dodd, and recently received an engine-rebuild courtesy of Dick Langford. The Japanese saloon is set to fetch between £95,000 - £105,000.

Another Nissan featured will be a 1996 Repsol-liveried Primera as raced by ex-Formula 1 driver Eric van de Poele, complete with a large spares package. The car is expected to sell for between £58,000 - £68,000,

Other ‘90s Touring Cars to be auctioned include a recently restored 1993 Vauxhall Cavalier, once raced by the late David Leslie (£60,000 - £70,000), and an 1995 works-ran Audi A4, raced in the 1996 ADAC Super Touren Wagen Cup by respected German team ABT Sportsline. The latter is currently being repainted in-line with the more iconic BTCC-livery, and is estimated to sell for between £65,000 - £70,000.

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