Austin with attitude

Austin A35

WHEN you consider buying a car driven by a racing legend, in normal circumstances you are looking at plonking a pretty powerful beast on the driveway.

A twee little Austin A35 granny car of 1958 would certainly not be in the top ten, but next week at Coy's Thoroughbred and Vintage auction at Fontwell House in Sussex, the hammer is expected to come down on an A35 that is a sporting icon.

This caris unique and special, being thefirstA35driven by F1 legend DavidCoulthardin the St.Mary's Trophy at the Goodwood Revival 2016.

Itwasalsodriven at theSilverstone Classic Celebrity Challengethis yearbyworld champion boxer CarlFroch.

Aside from its celebrity drivers, the car has featured regularly on the HRDC podium in both single and two-driver races over the last two years.

It was built for the current vendor by specialist Mike Curtis in 2016 for entry into the HRDC Academy racing seriesusing a1958 donor vehicle.

The car was brought up to to HRDC Academy regulationsand hasall the correct optional additions that make it highly competitive and easy to drive.

It is estimated at £30,000 to £40,000 and even comes withthe historic racesuit worn and signed by DavidCoulthard.

Also for saleat the auction on September 7 is a2008 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMGdriven by MikaHakkinen.It is estimated to sell from£36,000to£42,000.

Chris Routledge, CEO ofCoy's, said: "TheCoulthard-Hakkinenpartnership was synonymous of McLaren racingin the late 1990s and early 2000s, and now these two cars driven by them will sharethe spotlight atCoy'sauction.

"This is a rare opportunity to owncarswith genuine provenance and a special piece ofmotorsporthistory attached to it."

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