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Toyota Supra Group A Touring Car (ex Barry Sheene)

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Description

This is a very rare ex Works Group A Toyota Supra and is chassis number 00056255, which was raced by the late great ex Motorcycle World Champion, Barry Sheene, in period. It features the 2759cc, straight 6, DOHC engine Group A Toyota engine and was raced by Barry in the 1985 BTCC, known then as the Trimoco RAC British Saloon Car Championship.

Two years prior in 1983, Toyota UK had first entered a Supra in the BTCC which was prepared by Hughes of Beaconsfield with the legendary Win Percy driving. Their early successes included 6th at Silverstone GP support and 3rd at Donington Park. Win carried on as the official Toyota works driver as the car was developped for a second season in 1984, which resulted in a pole position and win at Brands Hatch, and pole position and second position at Donington Park.

By 1985 the future champion and future star of Group C and Le Mans, Win Percy, was moving on from Toyota. However, Hughes of Beaconsfield were still running the car for Toyota UK with Gordon Mayers still as Team Manager. At the same time Barry Sheene was retiring from professional motorcycle Grand Prix racing and won the hotly contested Toyota works drive, following outings in the BTCC with the smaller Corolla and also following a specific test at Goodwood where he was just 0.4secs slower than Win.

A fine fifth place at the opening Silverstone round was a good start, then DNF at Oulton was followed by an impressive 3rd place at Thruxton. However, the next round, also at Thruxton, was to be eventful. A first lap six car crash left the car badly damaged and the car had to be hastily re-shelled for the next round at Silverstone only 2 weeks later where it impressively achieved 3rd place overall in the hands of Sheene. Chassis number 0056255 is this re-shelled car driven by Barry for the remainder of the season, regularly achieving top 6 results.

Vehicle registration records show chassis number 0056255 was finally sold on 1st February 1987 by Toyota GB Ltd to Diamond Motorsport and it still carries a current SORN V5. Since 2012 a thorough restoration by our vendor has included major overhauls of suspension, braking system, clutch and fuel system. It is currently fitted with an original casing, close ratio, 5 speed dogbox and a 204bhp engine using DTA mapped injection which has been dyno'd by renown engine builder, Ric Wood. The car has been validated by Gordon Mayers who was Team Manager in period. Lst year the car was invited to the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed as part of the Barry Sheene Tribute.

Film footage of the car being driven on the hill each day is available on the Goodwood website at:
https://www.goodwood.com/grrc/event-coverage/festival-of-speed/2016/7/fos-2016-full-day-videos

The times in the footage are at:
Friday - 2:29:04 and 6:39:49
Saturday - 52:50 and 4:40:37
Sunday - 2:54:33 and 6:07:10
Included with this Lot is a wide range of used and new spares including differentials, strut inserts, suspension springs, suspension arms, subframe, manual steering rack, driveshafts, propshaft, brake discs, clutch plates, an assembled bottom end, head castings, race cams, Group A airbox and various engine parts. Today it represents a very rare opportunity to own an iconic Group A Touring car with exceptional provenance and a significant motorsport background.

Registration: Not Specified
Chassis Number: 00056255
Engine Number: Not Specified
Year of Manufacture: 1985
Estimate (£): 60,000 - 80,000
(+buyer’s premium of 15% including VAT @ 20%)

Viewing and bidding

The Silverstone Classic is a closed event and an event ticket will be required along with an auction catalogue to enter the sale. Ticket information can be found here: Silverstone Classic ticket information

The Silverstone Classic Competition Car Auction takes place from 18:30 on 27th July 2017 in The Wing building at Silverstone Circuit, NN12 8TN.
Viewing of the Lots will be available from on the 27th July 2017 from 9:00am.

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).

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Silverstone Auctions

Member Since:
19 Dec 2013

Gaydon, Warwickshire, CV35 0EP

Phone: +44 1926691141
Phone 2: +44 7773776414

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