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Rare BTCC Toyota Supra to star in Silverstone Classic Race Car Sale

Evo logo Evo 16/06/2017 Antony Ingram

Excitement might be building for an all-new Toyota Supra but the classic models still have plenty to offer - especially when it's an ex-BTCC car driven by the legendary motorcycle racer, Barry Sheene.

The ex-works Group A touring car is set to cross the block in July's Silverstone Classic Race Car Sale, hosted by Silverstone Auctions this July.

It's a car of impressive provenance, having been built to contest the 1985 BTCC season - back then known as the Trimoco RAC British Saloon Car Championship - with Barry Sheene at the wheel.

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Australian-born Sheene had retired from motorcycle racing the year before, with 500c Grand Prix titles in 1976 and 1977 to his name, along with 23 Grand Prix victories. In a test at Goodwood, Sheen proved only 0.4 seconds slower than Toyota's previous hot-shoe driver Win Percy, securing him a seat for the 1985 season.

Sheene never won in the Supra, but did take a third place finish at Thruxton and another third place at Silverstone, only two weeks after being involved in a crash that required Toyota to re-shell the car. The example for sale at Silverstone is this re-shelled racer, in which Sheene scored several more top-six results in 1985.

Chassis 00056255 packs a 2759cc, naturally-aspirated inline six built to Group A regulations by Hughes of Beaconsfield, which campaigned the car on behalf of Toyota UK. Since 2012 the car has enjoyed a full restoration, including overhauls of the suspension, clutch, braking system and fuel system.

In its current state of tune it's developing 204bhp through a five-speed 'dogbox', and was most recently seen at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Its next owner shouldn't struggle to run the car, as the listing also comes with a comprehensive spares package, including everything from diffs and driveshafts to a full bottom end, head castings and race cams.

The Supra is estimated to make between £60,000-80,000, plus VAT and a 15 per cent buyers' premium. A not insignificant amount, but not bad for such a rare and distinctive car - and one driven by one of the world's great motorcycle racers.

You can find the lot listing for the Supra over at Silverstone Auctions.


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