Piece of rallying history up for auction

Piece of rallying history up for auction

One of the most iconic rally cars ever made will go under the hammer in the new year.

A Rothmans-liveried MG Metro 6R4 - a piece of Group B rallying history - is expected to spark a bidding war when it is auctioned off at the Autosport International show in January.

The car has never actually been rallied, so the naturally-aspirated 3.0-litre V6 under the hood is barely run-in. It was instead used for display purposes and brand promotional activities, including the occasional drive.

More than 60 rare and collectable race and road cars will be sold across the four-day event (January 14-17) at the NEC in Birmingham.

A race-ready 996-generation Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, built in 2002 for the Porsche Supercup Challenge, is among the star-studded line-up. There is also a concours competition winning 1974 Ferrari Dino 246 GT.

The 911 GT3 has been dry-stored for three years and even comes with a set of spare wheels, while the Dino 246 GT has been in the same family for the past 36 years and comes with a full history file dating back to 1979.

An estimate of £230,000 to £265,000 has been placed on the latter because of its proven racing heritage.

Petrolheads can also get their hands on an ex-works rally 1982 Vauxhall Chevette HSR DTV that was previously driven by British rally legend Russell Brookes.

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