Take your pick. Bring your checkbooks.
It’s auction season and that means some of the world’s coolest and rarest cars are up for grabs, for a price of course. Bonhams has just announced that its Quail Lodge auction this August at Monterey Car Week will play host to six extremely rare and endlessly cool Group B rally cars, all of which have been kept in original condition since their retirements. First up is the ever iconic Lancia Stratos, this one being a 1975 Stradale offered without a reserve. It has less than 8,000 miles and is clearly in nearly original condition.
There are also two other Lancias, a 1983 Lancia-Abarth Rally 037 Stradale and a 1985 Delta S4 Stradale, again both with low mileage and without reserves. Peugeot fans will be thrilled to see a 1985 205 Turbo 16 with just 745 miles on its clock. A pair of Fords, a 1986 RS200 Evolution and RS200, both designed by Ghia, are also up for grabs. The former is just one of 24 examples ever produced, while the latter has been in its current owner’s possession since 1989. Lastly, there’s a 1985 Audi Sport Quattro S1 that’s had only one previous owner. Group B rallying was first introduced by the FIA in 1982, and these regulations resulted in many of the fastest, most powerful, and, not to mention, dangerous, rally cars of all time.
It really was the golden age of rallying but it came at a price. Not only were there accidents where the drivers were killed, but also due to a lack of crowd control many spectators were also victims. The FIA ultimately ended Group B rallying in 1986, but the surviving cars themselves are often times worth millions today. Photos courtesy of Bonhams.