Rover 2000TC Marathon Rally Car
This 1968 Rover 2000TC was bought in 1993 by classic car journalist, Mark Dixon, as a low mileage, low ownership and solid car that was an ideal basis to convert for endurance historic road-rallying. Holbay Engineering was tasked with gas-flowing the cylinder head and inlet manifold in a quest for more power and they also modified the cam profile and fitted a tubular exhaust manifold for improved torque lower down the rev-range. Additionally, a long-range fuel system and uprated springs and competition shock absorbers helped the handling, whilst a Safety Devices roll cage and sump guard provided additional protection. The car took part in the punishing 1993 Classic Marathon to Morocco finishing a creditable 8th overall, and the 1997 Liege-Istanbul-Liege where it was rewarded with 7th. place overall. It was then sold to Jan Pearce in 1999 and subsequently competed in the 2002 "Trial to the Nile" and the 2005 Classic Marathon to Croatia, as well as the 2006 Tatry Marathon to Slovakia. Sadly, Jan passed away in 2014, and the car has remained unused until November 2016 when the decision was made to recommission this classic 2000TC and prepare it for competition use once again. The brakes received attention including rebuilding the rear brake calipers and the whole car was carefully inspected before being offered for a fresh MOT. The fact that the work involved only amounted to a modest £700 pays testament to the sound condition of this rally-proven Rover. Subsequently said to drive extremely well by a noted current motoring journalist, it would need minimal work and perhaps a little cosmetic tidying before tackling another long-distance road rally, making it a very good value proposition and a great route into International Historic Road Rallying.... Registration: WPF 464G Chassis Number: 40054297B Engine Number: 40070179J Number of cylinders: Four CC: 1978cc Year of Manufacture: 1968 No Reserve Location The Race Retro Competition Car Sale will take place at the Race Retro International Historic Motorsport Show 2017 at Stoneleigh Park, Coventry, CV8 2LZ (map/directions). Viewing The lots can be viewed at the following times: Friday 24th February 2017 09:30 - 15:00 Bidding The auction will take place as follows: Friday 24th February 2017 15:00 Bidding at the auction can be done either in person by attending the sale, by telephone, by leaving a commission bid or live, online via Proxibid. Full details of registration requirements and a buying guide can be found on the Silverstone Auctions website (http://www.silverstoneauctions.com/buying). IMPORTANT NOTE : Race Retro is a closed event and tickets will be required to enter. These are available from the following link:http://www.raceretro.com For further information about The Race Retro Classic Car Sale, contact Silverstone Auctions on +44 (0)1926 691 141.
19 Dec 2013
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To Be Auctioned