A very rare ex- Works Toyota Supra, chassis number 00056255, raced by none other than the very famous ex-Motorcycle World Champion, Barry Sheene himself is up for grabs at the Silverstone Race Car sale. This Supra belonged to the ‘Group-A’ of British Saloon Car Championship which took place in 1985. Barry Sheene was a regular top-six finisher in this car at BTCC with podium.
Barry Sheene, a man who doesn’t need much introduction to the seasoned motorcycle rider, was one of Britain’s most successful motorcycle racer. In fact, he was the only British World Champion in motorcycle Grand Prix racing since 1977, only to be recently taken over by Danny Kent in 2015. Furthermore, his motorcycle racing career stretched from 1968 to 1984. He competed in classes ranging from 125cc to 500cc, where he got his Motorcycle Grand Prix World Championship in 1976 onboard the Suzuki RG500. It was after a major crash at Silverstone during practice at the 1982 British Grand Prix that largely ended his career in motorcycle racing, leading him to retire in 1984. He was dubbed “The Meccano Man” as doctors pieced together his broken body with nuts and bolts.
Regarding Barry Sheene’s Toyota Supra, it featured a 2759cc, straight-six, DOHC ‘Group-A’ Toyota engine. Sheene raced it in the 1985 BTCC, then known as the Trimoco RAC British Saloon Car Championship. 1985 was a crucial year for Toyota as their future champion Win Percy decided to move on. Coincidently, Sheene swapped from two wheels to four wheels and was triumphant at the challenging Toyota works drive. At a specific test at Goodwood, Barry Sheene was just 0.4s slower than Win. Finally, Barry was appointed by Toyota to race for them that season. During his first race at the Silverstone Circuit, he was able to secure a promising fifth place. Later, a DNF at Oulton was followed by a 3rd place at Thruxton. However, in the next round at Thruxton, Barry met with an eventful six-car crash. The car was badly damaged and had to be quickly re-shelled for the next round at Silverstone. This re-shelled car is the chassis number 00056255 which Barry used for the remainder of the season and managed to regularly finish in the top six.
According to the records, this Toyota Supra was sold on 1st February 1987 by Toyota GB Ltd. to Diamond Motorsport. In 2012, the current vendor overhauled the brakes, suspension, clutch, and a fuel system. It still carries the 5-speed ‘dogbox’ and the SORN V5 engine, which now is remapped to 204bhp using DTA mapped injection. It was validated by Gordon Mayers who was the then Team Manager and was invited to the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed as a part of Barry Sheene Tribute.
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