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Competition classics on offer at Historics

Some very appealing race-prepared classics are among more than 100 vehicles on offer at the 29 November Historics at Brooklands sale.

Louise Aitken-Walker’s historic rally Mini Cooper will be the first to go under the hammer. A 1965 Morris model, it is fitted with a 1340S spec engine with many mods, a gearbox with straight cut gears and a limited slip diff. The bodywork looks to be in good condition and inside there’s a full rallying set-up including intercoms. Estimate for this road-legal racer is £15,000-£18,000.

At the other end of the price spectrum is a 1955 AC Aceca competition coupe, with an estimate of £70,000-£85,000. Based on the AC Ace, the Aceca was a hand-built ash and steel grand tourer and coupe.

This example was created from parts from a fire-damaged Ace that were transplanted onto an Aceca. At the same time the original 2.0-litre engine was swapped for a more potent 2.6 Ford unit, and racing upgrades were carried out.

The car became a frequent participant at VSCCA and Historic Racing events in the USA from the 1970s to ‘90s. It’s been featured in magazines since its arrival in the UK in 2006.

A more recently modified – and much more affordable race car – is the 1973 Lotus Elan +2 in the sale. Built in 2010 by Dean Forward of the Forward racing team, the Lotus competed with some success at six races during 2011 and 2012 with Forward and its subsequent owner. It features a B&J Race engine, four-speed gearbox, heavy duty clutch among other racing kit. The estimate is £13,000 to £16,000.

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By Claire Evans

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