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1985 Toyota Supra Group A Touring Car (ex Barry Sheene)

Lot No.: 121

Registration: Not Specified
Chassis Number: 00056255
Engine Number: Not Specified
Year of Manufacture: 1985
Sold for (£): Unsold

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 a 2759cc, straight 6, DOHC '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, prepared by Hughes of Beaconsfield and driven by the legendary Win Percy. 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 developed for a second season in 1984, which resulted in a pole position and win at Brands Hatch, and a pole 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 a DNF at Oulton was followed by an impressive 3rd place at Thruxton. However, following Donington Park the next round, also at Thruxton, was to be eventful. A first lap six-car crash left the car badly damaged and it had to be hastily re-shelled for the next round at Silverstone only two 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 six 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 the 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 renowned engine builder, Ric Wood. The car has been validated by Gordon Mayers who was Team Manager in period. Last 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.