The Amazing Le Mans Greats From The Guikas Collection

Excitement continues to build as we move towards the sale of the incredible Guikas Collection – 75 of the most important sports and racing cars and all offered without reserve on 19th November.

The 1976 TOJ SC304 at the guikas collection

The highlights at the Guikas collection

Key within the racing car collection are a number of cars developed to take overall victory in World Endurance Championship races. Several such cars feature within the collection, but nothing is more evocative than the Sports Protoype cars developed to take overall honours. One notable car to participate in the Le Mans 24 hours is the 1976 Renault-Alpine A442, a car powered by the legendary Renault Gordini V6 Turbo engine, developing 500bhp. Driven 3 times at the famous Circuit de la Sarthe in 1976, 1977 and 1978, the car remains in remarkable unrestored original condition. Estimated to sell for €4,000,000 – €5,000,000, the recently filmed footage demonstrates what an incredible machine it is.

Alongside the Renault-Alpine is footage of the 1976 TOJ SC304 which was raced during the 1976 season by Obermoser and Stommelen. At its World Championship debut, at Dijon, it qualified fastest of all naturally aspirated prototypes and later that year, Obermoser also used this chassis to win the Interserie race at Mainz-Finthen. Nothing is more evocative than the howl of the Ford Cosworth DFV, an engine that has powered so many sportscars and Formula One machines to victory. (Estimate: €675,000 – €800,000).

But endurance racing is as much about production-based sports cars as it is about prototypes, and you can check out two of the most significant to feature in the Collection in the film. The 1981 Ferrari 512 BB/LM, chassis no. 35529 is number 20 of 25 especially rare built 512/LM examples. Fitted with one-off bodywork, it raced at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1981 and 1984 as well as a class win at the 1000km Monza and 6 Hours of Pergusa in 1981 and the 1000km of Mugello in 1982. Further, 35529 still remains in ‘time capsule’ condition, as it last left the race track nearly 40 years ago. Any Ferrari BB is all about the flat-twelve-cylinder engine, and the 5.0-litre, 480 bhp unit in this car, is the ultimate evolution of the breed. (Est. €2,250,000 – €3,000,000).

Pairing up alongside the Ferrari in the film, is the 1993 Jaguar XJ220 C LM, chassis no. 3. Just one of three XJ220 C’s built to contest at the 1993 24 Hours of le Mans and the very car that led its class at the Le Mans in 1993 until a blown tire and a subsequent mechanical issue forced its retirement with only a few hours remaining. The XJ220 C raced again at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1995 and was fully restored by English specialist, Don Law (Est. €1,000,000 – €1,400,000).


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