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Special Mike Bell collection to go under hammer at Classic Car Auctions' final event of 2020

A SPECIAL 11-piece collection owned by the late Mike Bell is part of the line-up going under the hammer at Classic Car Auctions’ (CCA) final sale of 2020.

The December Live Online Auction, taking place this Saturday, will see a number of road and race cars, as well as a transporter and motorbike, all of which were personally owned by Mike, go up for sale.

The Mike Bell collection.
The Mike Bell collection.

CCA’s sales manager Gary Dunne said: “Mike was a well-respected preparer and driver of historic cars and he sadly past away earlier this year. Not only was he a top driver, but he gained a reputation as one of the best preparers in the country and we are honoured to offer his personal collection in our next sale

Within the collection is the instantly recognisable 1971 Ford Escort RS1600 ‘Lairy Canary’ which is finished in the colours of Norwich football club. The Aveley-built example has been prepared for racing and is eligible for the Masters Historic Series as well as others. With MSA/HTP papers valid until the end of 2026, it has a strengthened shell and has been fully seam-welded.

Two other Fords feature in the collection, a 1972 Ford Escort RS1600 which competed in the first Goodwood Road racing Club Sprint in 2006, and a Sebring Red 1974 Ford Escort RS2000 which was owned by Mike for 11 years.

Another of Mike’s favourite cars was the 1965 Gilbern 1800 GT ‘Gilbert’ which was raced extensively throughout the UK and Europe. Just 202 GTs were built with the most common being the 1800GT which utilised the MGB three-bearing engine, gearbox and overdrive, front suspension, and rear axle.

The 1959 Morgan Plus 4 to Supersports Specification is another special car. Affectionately named ‘Baby Blue’ by Mike, it had previously raced at many circuits throughout Europe, including Nürburgring, Pau, Silverstone and Goodwood. Only 103 Supersports were made between 1961 and 1968 and they saw great competition successes in international motorsport.

The rest of the collection features: 1994 Porsche 968 Sport, 2001 Ducati Monster S4, 1989 Peugeot 205 1300 Rallye, 1978 Delta T78/9 Formula Ford 2000,1978 MTX 2-01 Spyder B5 Sports Racer and a 2012 Brian James Race Shuttle RS2 – Tiltbed.

The collection has been offered entirely without reserve by Mike’s family and can be viewed at www.classiccarauctions.co.uk.

Viewings are taking place at Stoneleigh Park and appointments can be made by calling the Classic Car Auctions team on 01926 640888.

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