12. Januar 2018
Save the date: A formidable collection of 6 of the most recognisable race and rally cars ever to skid sideways across gravel will be offered at Bonhams Grand Palais sale on 8 February
Leading the pack is a 100% original, genuine works example of one of the most successful rally cars of all time – the 1986 Lancia Delta S4 Group B Rally Car (Image above, €580,000-780,000). In use for a mere 13 months, the Lancia Delta S4 is one of the rarest of the Group B rally cars, and is believed to be one of only 3 ‘Muletto’ (reconnaissance) cars ever built. There is doubt that the requisite 200 road going versions were ever completed, making this machine even rarer. Approximately 80 are thought to survive today, and only a handful of them works vehicles such as this example, which even retains its original seats marked with the names of Markku Alén and Ilkka Kivimäki. It is fully Abarth Classiche certified, un-restored and ready to be used again in anger – a rare example of one of the greatest ever rally cars.
Beside the five others an Italian offering is the seriously rare, limited-edition competition model 2011 Abarth 500 Assetto Corse Sports Saloon (Image below, €25,000-35,000 and no reserve). Number 9 of only 85 produced for the ‘500 Abarth Challenge Trophy,’ it has never been raced and has thereby avoided and knocks and scrapes. It is the ideal track car for an experienced driver, (it cannot be road registered) looking forward to tearing around the asphalt and putting its 1.4-litre turbocharged 200bhp engine to the test.
Images: Courtesy of Bonhams
The Auction will be held February 8th at the Grand Palais in Paris
All information about the six outstanding race and rally cars here…