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1926 Bugatti Type 35B Grand Prix

1926 Bugatti Type 35B Grand Prix

With its first appearance at the 1924 French Grand Prix, held at Lyon, there was no doubt to anyone who saw the car run that this was an automobile that had it all: durability, mechanical functionality, and a wonderfully sporting exterior design. The Type 35’s best finish for that race…
1986 Toyota Celica IMSA GTO

1986 Toyota Celica IMSA GTO

Automobile racing, like all other endeavors in the pursuit of speed, is a display of tension between the immovable forces of nature, human determination, and the framework by which opponents compete. It is the ever-changing tensions between those forces that produce in many the insatiable desire to race. Two men…
1953 Aston Martin DB2 Vantage Coupé

1953 Aston Martin DB2 Vantage Coupé

The DB2 was introduced in 1950 and is the seminal Aston Martin model from the illustrious David Brown era, as well as the most aspirational. It is renowned for superb handling and impeccable quality, and it continues to be highly prized for its purity of design, landmark “first model” standing,…
1970 Porsche 908/3

1970 Porsche 908/3

The 1970 season proved to be a milestone for Porsche racing in a number of respects. After winning the International Championship for Makes in 1969 with the 908/2, and concurrently introducing the soon-to-be-dominant 917, Porsche officially bowed out of factory team racing, thereafter supplying cars and development expertise to John…
1960 Maserati Tipo 61 ‘Birdcage’

1960 Maserati Tipo 61 ‘Birdcage’

By the late 1950s, the bulk of Maserati’s impressive racing history lay behind it, as the manufacturer struggled to reconcile the expense of competition development with profitability. Yet, despite withdrawing from factory-sponsored motorsports in 1957, one last hurrah remained on the horizon for the Modena automaker, a fitting exclamation point…
1986 Porsche 962

1986 Porsche 962

Throughout the history of racing, there have been several occasions when changes of rules and regulations in various sanctioning bodies have ironically resulted in the development of a particularly important car. The legendary Porsche 962 GT Prototype Race Car of the 1980s is a textbook example of this paradigm. Replacing…
1964 Lotus Elan 26R

1964 Lotus Elan 26R

Lotus hit the big time in 1962 with the introduction of the Model 26 Elan; it was a tiny, lightweight road car that brought all of designer Colin Chapman’s racing lessons to the street, at last. The fibreglass, monocoque Elite Coupé of 1958 had been a successful race car, but…
2004 Ferrari 575 GTC

2004 Ferrari 575 GTC

Once Ferrari backed out of all their other racing enterprises in 1973 to focus on Formula One, the Scuderia saw an increase in demand for FIA GT class-specification race cars from privateers. Many private race teams campaigned the 365 GTB/4 Daytona in the FIA GT classes, but Ferraris slowly began…
1973 De Tomaso Pantera Rally Car

1973 De Tomaso Pantera Rally Car

The De Tomaso Pantera, powered by the Ford 351-cubic inch “Cleveland” V-8 and sharing its mid-engine layout with Ford’s GT40 race cars, translated the race-bred concept of de Tomaso’s Mangusta into a steel-bodied supercar with amenities like reasonable luggage space, air conditioning, and power assists. Panteras were introduced at the…
1967 Ferrari Dino 206 S Spider

1967 Ferrari Dino 206 S Spider

It is almost impossible to mention a Ferrari bearing a six-cylinder engine without mentioning Enzo Ferrari’s late son, Alfredo. Whilst young “Dino” passed away at the age of 24 due to muscular dystrophy, it was clear that he already had a solid understanding of the engineering behind his father’s company.…
1970 Alfa Romeo Tipo 33/3

1970 Alfa Romeo Tipo 33/3

One of the most storied racing teams of all time, Alfa Romeo is a company deeply tied to its racing heritage. Its exploits on the race track are legendary and include numerous wins at such great international motorsport events as the Targa Florio, Mille Miglia, and the 24 Hours of…
1965 Porsche 904/6 Carrera GTS

1965 Porsche 904/6 Carrera GTS

Porsche’s Type 904, officially called the Carrera GTS because Porsche and Peugeot were in dispute over numeric designations with “0” in them, succeeded the RSK Type 718 as the last sports-racing iteration of the 356 series. Developed after Porsche left Formula One in 1962, the 904 (as it soon became…
1970 Chevron B16

1970 Chevron B16

Produced in Lancashire, in the north-west of England, under ownership of the self-taught engineer turned racer Derek Bennett, Chevron produced some of the most dramatic and successful race cars the world had ever seen, which was an incredible achievement for a company that never built a single road car. Chevron…
1971 Chevron B19

1971 Chevron B19

Founded in 1965 by Derek Bennett, an engineer turned racing driver, success came quickly for Chevron, and the company introduced the B19, their third 2-litre car, for the 1971 season. The B19 followed Chevron’s highly successful and striking B16, and it brought the company many more podium finishes and race…
1975 Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 TT 12

1975 Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 TT 12

The year 1973 marked the introduction of an important new racing car for Alfa Romeo. Pushing the boundaries of its venerable Tipo 33 platform, the 33 TT 12 featured a completely new engine that pushed the car to new heights, arguably making it the best iteration of Alfa’s Tipo 33…
1969 Lancia Fulvia 1.6 HF Rallye ‘Jolly Club’

1969 Lancia Fulvia 1.6 HF Rallye ‘Jolly Club’

The Fulvia Coupé represented Lancia’s initial push into the rally world that it would soon dominate. Owing to its 65 percent front-biased weight distribution, the Fulvia benefitted from Lancia’s trademark compact V-4 engine. The engine was modified for 1968, growing to 1.6 litres and gaining a ZF five-speed manual gearbox…
1964 Alpine M64

1964 Alpine M64

In 1955, Alpine was founded by Jean Rédélé, who originally modified and campaigned Renault 4CVs but quickly found success in many of the world’s most illustrious sports car races. Soon enough, Rédélé started building his own cars on the 4CV chassis and mechanicals, with the A106 being produced in 1955.…
1982 Renault RE30B Formula One

1982 Renault RE30B Formula One

Following a long absence in international motor racing, Renault entered Formula One in 1977. The first two years proved to be focused on development, as their first win came on home turf at the 1979 Dijon Grand Prix, with Jean-Pierre Jabouille driving. The following year, Renault secured two victories with…
1971 Lola T260 Can-Am Spyder

1971 Lola T260 Can-Am Spyder

The stub-nose design of the T260 was primarily the work of Chief Designer Bob Marston, who worked with Lola Founder Eric Broadley. The most noticeable feature of the car, aside from the striking white, black, and red L&M livery, was the unusual rounded nose that was filled with rows of…
1967 Fiat-Abarth 1000TC Berlina Corsa

1967 Fiat-Abarth 1000TC Berlina Corsa

The humble Fiat 600D people’s car hardly seems like a racing machine, but in Italy, anything with an engine was a race car, and the light, tunable Fiat made a perfect platform for Abarth’s magic touch.Abarth started building 600D-based performance cars in 1960 with the 850 Turismo Competizione, or TC.…
1928 Bugatti Type 37A Grand Prix

1928 Bugatti Type 37A Grand Prix

The Bugatti Type 37 was introduced in November 1925, and it proved to be one of the most iconic and instantly recognizable racing cars to ever leave Ettore Bugatti’s facilities in Molsheim, France. Like its predecessor, the Type 35, the Type 37 provided all the performance that one desired, yet…
1965 Ford Mustang 289 Racing Car

1965 Ford Mustang 289 Racing Car

This notchback Ford Mustang has had vast expense lavished on it in order to build it into an ideal historic race/rally competitor. The shell was sent to highly regarded preparer Rae Davis Racing, and main assembly and preparation was carried out by the talented men at CCK Historics of Kent,…
1980 Alfa Romeo 179B Formula One

1980 Alfa Romeo 179B Formula One

Alfa Romeo’s Formula One racing revival in the 1980s came after the firm spent decades as an engine supplier. However, that is not to say that Alfa’s F1 efforts were relegated to the back room. Under the guise of Carlo Chiti’s Autodelta competition department, Alfa Romeo carved out a deservedly…
2008 Peugeot 908 HDi FAP Le Mans Prototype

2008 Peugeot 908 HDi FAP Le Mans Prototype

Few prototype race cars in recent memory have achieved their mission statement as emphatically as Peugeot’s 908 HDi FAP. The sleek prototype emerged from the manufacturer’s plans to return to endurance racing after a 13-year layoff that followed its two-time Le Mans-winning 905 model of 1992 and 1993. But from…