Mann-made cel­ica for sale

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - dee-atkin­son-har­ri­son.co.uk

A Toyota Cel­ica GT-4 Group N rally car orig­i­nally cam­paigned by David Mann is be­ing of­fered at an East York­shire coun­try house auc­tion next month.

Es­ti­mated at £25,000-30,000, the rally car makes an un­usual ad­di­tion to Dee Atkin­son & Har­ri­son’s sec­ond Clas­sic Car & Mo­tor­cy­cle sale at Sled­mere House, Driffield, on 29 July.

The car was first reg­is­tered on 11 Jan­uary 1989 to rally ace, David Mann, who com­peted in the N4 class with Ian Wray as co-driver/nav­i­ga­tor. It was bought as a low-spec stan­dard car and con­verted to Group N spec.

The car com­peted in a to­tal of 16 ral­lies through­out 1989 and 1990, with the best re­sult be­ing third place in the Ker­ridge Sev­ern Val­ley Rally. After five more years of rally com­pe­ti­tion, the car was ac­quired by Michael ‘Stivie’ Stephen­son of Mal­ton Mo­tor Club, who was re­spon­si­ble for many de­tails and im­prove­ments, in­clud­ing a 300bhp engine that was built by DTW En­gines of Har­low, Es­sex.

An­drew Spicer of Dee Atkin­son & Har­ri­son says: ‘Al­though run­ning, it will need recom­mis­sion­ing be­fore it can hit the rally cir­cuit in anger and items like the seats and harness up­grad­ing to meet cur­rent reg­u­la­tions.’

The car is be­ing sold with its V5c, build his­tory and a num­ber of spare parts.

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