Lot 197 - 2004 Ronart W152 Mk. II
|Odometer reading||22,003 miles|
|Estimate||£70,000 - £80,000|
- Unique carbon fibre bodywork
- Jaguar V12 engine with manual gearbox
The W152 was the first car to be designed and built by Ronart Cars, which was founded in 1984 by Rona and Arthur Wolstenholme and launched at the 1985 International Classic Car Show, with production commencing the following year. Of original conception, the design was intended to reflect the style of the front-engined Formula One cars of the 1950s, of which the humped headrest and external exhaust are typical ingredients. The car is built around a backbone chassis and clothed in an 11-piece body comprising: centre tub section, nose cone, bonnet, front side panels, rear section, boot lid and quartet of cycle wings. The centre section is reinforced with a steel cage, to which a roll-over bar is firmly attached; the tip of which is cunningly secreted under the driver's head rest. On Mk. II versions, such as the sale car, a boot is built into the rear section.
This stunning British sports car is presented in racing red with carbon stripes and a black leather interior piped in red. The bodywork on this particular example is carbon fibre which we believe to be unique and clearly provides this car with a substantial weight advantage against its rivals. It is fitted with a Jaguar six litre V12 sport engine which is fuel injected with high-impedance fuel injectors, emerald management system with V12 map installed. It also has a power lock 3.07 differential, fully adjustable pedal box, Willans four-point harness, Le Mans fuel filler, boxed gel battery, three stage trickle charger and Brooklands aero screens. It has stainless steel headlights and sidelights, fully independent suspension with adjustable coil over shocks, AP racing brakes and calipers and wire wheels. Also, the car was set up to do rallying and therefore it does have the relevant timing equipment fitted. There is a detailed build history with the car and it’s important to note that the V12 Jaguar engine is mated to a Getrag 265 five speed manual gearbox and it is also fitted with a crash helmet intercom system plus many more extras which are too many to list! This really is a stunning sports car with fabulous performance and could be used Hill Climbing, Sprinting or just for fast road use. Being the only example with carbon fibre bodywork, it does make this car stand out even more. Fantastic and eye-catching.