1969 Opel Rallye Kadett

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Outside of Europe the Opel Kadett 1900 Rallye is a little known car, in fact it’s not all that well known in Europe either come to think of it. That said, motorsport fans will remember the Kadett as the car that launched the rally career of the great Ari Vatanen, who piloted it to his…

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1980 Renault 5 Turbo

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The French have their own unique approach to building cars. If you don’t know what I mean just take a look at the Citroën 2CV, the Renault Twizy, anything built by Voisin, the Helicon, or the Citroen DS. Whereas the Brits, Germans, and Italians all generally chose similar paths for their four-wheeled horseless carriages the…

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1985 Mazda RX-7 Evo Group B Works Racer

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Original, unused Group B rally cars come up for pubic auction exceedingly rarely. In fact I can’t think of even one in recent memory. So you’ll appreciate the amount of interest this 1985 Mazda RX-7 Evo Group B Works car is likely to attract when it rolls onto the auction block in London this September. The Mazda…

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Original Ford Escort MKI Works Racer

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Few of the original Ford Escort MKI works racing cars have survived – which isn’t all that surprising when you take a look back at their extensive and oftentimes rough competition history. Most of the cars that made it to the modern day now sit in museums or private collections, so when one pops up for…

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Ferrari 308 GTB Group 4 Racer

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The Ferrari 308 GTB was first introduced in 1975, based on a slightly shortened platform borrowed from the 308 GT4. The latter car was an angular 2+2 designed by Marcello Gandini at Bertone – the same chap who penned the Lancia Stratos and Lamborghini Urraco. The fact that Enzo Ferrari chose Bertone to style the…

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1964 Austin-Healey 3000 Works Rally Car

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In 1964 the Austin-Healey factory in Abingdon built just three works rally cars, they typically built a few each year and the cars would compete in many of the world’s biggest racing and rally events – often punching well above their weight. The standard Austin-Healey 3000 is powered by a 2912cc inline-6 with overhead valves,…

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Group B 30th Anniversary Art Box

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The Group B 30th Anniversary Box is the work of Ricardo Santos, a Portuguese artist and art director whose work has been featured in Top Gear Magazine, on Motorsport Retro, RACER Magazine, and a host of other top tier publications. As a former rally co-driver himself, Ricardo is fascinated with racing – particularly from the ’80s…

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1986 Renault 5 Maxi Turbo

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With its mid-mounted 4-cylinder turbo producing a hefty 386 bhp in competition trim, the Renault 5 Maxi Turbo is one of the quickest and most unusual Renaults of the 1980s. It was built as the successor to the hugely successful Alpine Renault which had dominated European rally competition until the Lancia Stratos came along and…

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1986 Audi Sport quattro

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The Audi Sport quattro was released in 1984 as a Group B rally car and very limited production road car – strictly for homologation purposes. The Sport quattro had gigantic shoes to fill, it was the direct descendant of the supremely successful Audi Quattro – a car that was so important to Audi that they’ve…

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1981 Audi Quattro

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The original Audi Quattro, retroactively named the Ur-Quattro, is almost certainly the most important vehicle ever manufactured by the German automaker. The Quattro name is still used to denote all-wheel drive cars built by Audi, but with a lowercase “Q” in deference to the original car, which almost singlehandedly changed the face of international rallying….

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Alpine A110

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The story of Alpine and their 110 is one of the great David vs Goliath tales of 20th century motor racing. In 1973 the small French company Alpine took a 1-2-3 finish at the Monte Carlo Rally, and claimed outright victory in the World Rally Championship – made all the more special because it was…

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Pikes Peak Wallpaper

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Pikes Peak, Walter Röhrl, and Audi Sport Quattro S1 are three names that’ll send chills up the spine of any racing enthusiast. Combine them and you get one of the most important moments in the history of Pikes Peak and perhaps even motorsport in general – Walter Röhrl’s 600hp jaunt to the top in his…

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