Posted on 10th September 2021

Historics adds a flavour of rough and tumble to its 25th September auction

The flavour of rough and tumble off-road racing comes to Historics auction on 25th September as a road-registered Bowler Wildcat 200 comes to sale amongst the 170 varied classic entries.

First registered in May 2001, the inspiration of the late Drew Bowler lives vivaciously in this Wildcat following its initial purchase by off-road rally protagonist Hugh Haines. Haines let it off the leash in demos at the 2005 Goodwood Festival of Speed before proving his and the Bowler’s off road prowess in the UK and internationally, pounding to victory of the Baja de France and the national category of the inaugural Baja GB, both in 2006.

Although now enjoying a more sedate existence in the hands of the current owner, there is no escaping the raw, stripped-for-action appeal of this potent spaceframe barnstormer.

The comparative elegance of the recently repainted glassfibre bodywork is a counterpoint to what lies beneath, following an earlier engine rebuild by Land Rover V8 doyen John Eales. His much acclaimed wizardry extracted more power than the original’s less than modest 300bhp, dyno-documented at 334bhp at 5,000rpm. Further upgrades this year include a new differential and brakes, whilst the spartan interior features all the necessary accoutrements for an unforgettable off-road escapade.

Indeed, whether for an engaging road trip or unadulterated off-road action, this rare to market Bowler Wildcat promises an unforgettable experience, not least with an acceleration time to 100kph in less than five seconds matched to its spectacular ‘yomping’ ability.

Supplied with UK V5C registration and MoT test certificate plus extensive documentation, this Bowler Wildcat 200 is offered at an estimate of £60,000 - £68,000.

It is one highlight of 170 fine and varied classics to be auctioned by Historics on Saturday, 25th September at the expansive Ascot Racecourse venue, preceded by three viewing days.


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