Key highlights at classic and racing auctions from around the world 


@  Monte Carlo, Monaco July 2

1967 Ferrari 330 GT  2+2 Pininfarina

Elegant touring Ferrari with original interior. Sold for €383,744

1974 Porsche Carrera RSR

More than a dozen appearances at the Sebring 12 Hours and Daytona 24. Sold for €1,769,280

1982 Renault 5 Turbo Gp4

Factory-fitted with the ‘Cevennes’ Gp4 upgrade; sold new to Bulgaria and much rallied there 

Sold for €167,888

Historics at Brooklands

@  Brooklands, UK July 8

1972 Lancia Fulvia Sport Zagato 

Competizione-spec Alfa with Group 4 engine. Sold for £34,720

1989 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary

Scissor-wing V12 and definitive bedroom-wall poster icon. Sold for £200,000

1975 Jensen GT

One of fewer than 20 in UK. Sold for £15,680


@  Duxford, UK July 26

1961 Lotus  Elite S2

Prepped for racing by Lotus and delivered new to Gilby Engineering F1 team. Estimate: £75–90,000

1987 Bristol Brigand

One of two known to the DVLA, formerly owned by the singer Will Young. Estimate: £40–50,000

1964 Mini Cooper S

Road version of the Monte-winning miniature saloon. Estimate: £70–80,000

Silverstone Auctions

@  Silverstone, UK July 27

1990 Lancia Delta HF Integrale Evo

Works Group A rally car. One of the most dominant machines of all, piloted by four-time WRC champion Juha Kankkunen. 

Estimate: £120–150,000

2010 Chevron B8

Fast, forgiving and untouchable on a short circuit. Estimate: £100–120,000

1989 Ford Sierra RS500

Ex-Tim Harvey. Third overall in the 1990 BTCC and the only surviving Labatt’s Sierra in race-ready BTCC spec. Estimate: £180–220,000

@  Silverstone, UK July 29

1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona

Previously owned by Sir Elton John. Estimate: £525–575,000

1994 Aston Martin Virage

Estimate: £38–44,000

1991 Vauxhall Lotus Carlton

377bhp performance machine in the guise of an executive saloon. Estimate: £60–70,000


@  Monterey, USA August 16

1958 Lister-Jaguar ‘Knobbly’

The second of nine originals, campaigned by Stirling Moss in period. Estimate: POA

1987 Porsche 962

World Endurance Championship Group C racer, winner at Norisring and Kyalami. Estimate: POA

1964 Eisert ‘Harrison Special’ IndyCar

Oldest surviving mid-engined IndyCar, an early part of the Indy mid-engine revolution. Estimate: POA

RM Sotheby’s

@  Monterey, USA August 18

1950 Ferrari 166 MM/212 Export ‘Uovo’

Compellingly unique egg-shaped Ferrari that won the Coppa Toscana, designed with the help of sculptor Franco Reggani. Estimate: $5-7m

1989 Aston Martin AMR1 Group C

One of only four AMR1s in existence, campaigned by Brian Redman, David Leslie. Est: $475-675,000

Gooding & Company

@  Pebble Beach, USA August 18

1970 Porsche 917K

Owned by Jo Siffert; Gulf livery, appeared in Le Mans film. Estimate: $13-16,000,000

1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/C

Alloy body, competition spec; one of 12. Extensive race history including Targa Florio Estimate: $12-16m


Talbot AV105

There’s no real definition of British Racing Green, but in the early 1930s if you went by race results you might find yourself drawn, not to the deep green of a Le Mans Bentley but to a shade of apple green, because that’s what Talbots wore. Somehow these Grand British Tourers haven’t lasted in the public mind the way anything with a winged B has, yet aficionados will argue their superior merits with conviction.

Successful from the outset on track and road, George Roesch’s 3-litre Talbot 105 proved rapid and highly reliable, taking class and overall victories at Brooklands in Double 12s and the 500, on the TT, showing well on the Mille Miglia and scoring a third at Le Mans. But it was lifting a Coupe des Alpes on the tortuous Alpine Rally that made the model’s reputation – and those works and semi-works machines have gone on competing and often winning ever since. 

“This is a front-running car for pre-war events,” says Rory Henderson of Fiskens, where this example awaits a new custodian. “It’s competitive on the top rallies – this one won the Flying Scotsman in 2013 – and in any race for original pre-war machinery. Ideal for the Goodwood Revival’s Brooklands race.”

There was nothing unusual about Roesch’s tough straight six or the leaf-spring ladder chassis, beyond thorough design and quality engineering, but especially as campaigned by preparer Fox & Nichol the 105 showed fine handling and immense reliability, earning them the soubriquet ‘the Invincible Talbots’. That didn’t stop the firm enduring an undistinguished slide into obscurity within the Rootes combine, but at least it left us some very fine sporting vehicles. 

Such as this one, AYL 2, built in 1934 for a Dr Roth to race at Brooklands and equipped as the works entries, including bodywork to the same pattern as the Alpine team cars. Raced at Brooklands by Roth and by Mike Couper and Chris Staniland, it received the enlarged 3.3-litre motor in 1936. Then it ran in single-seater form, but regained the original coachwork later on. 

“It comes with files showing all its history,” says Rory. “It’s done a lot of rallies and been highly successful, and it recently had a full engine rebuild by marque specialist Pace Products so it’s completely ready to tackle anything. The previous owner was a Talbot enthusiast who used it for a range of events including driving to Le Mans for the Classic. It’s such a usable car. The ride isn’t harsh, it stops well for a pre-war car and it’s not lacking in go. You could drive it to the pub or to Le Mans equally easily.” 


YEAR 1934


3.3-litre pushrod 6, 110bhp




front: solid axle, leaf springs; rear: live axle, leaf springs  

TOP SPEED 110mph

PRICE £950,000