1948 Lesovsky-Offenhauser Indianapolis “Blue Crown Special”

Making its Indianapolis debut in 1948, this car failed to qualify.

George Connor was able to qualify the car in 6th position for the Indy 500 in 1949, finishing the race with an impressive 3rd overall. Bill Holland drove it at two subsequent AAA races that year at Trenton and Milwaukee. Connor drove the car in two more 500s, finishing 8th in 1950 and 30th in 1951. In 1952 and 1953, Charlie Marant entered the car at Indianapolis, but he Read More

1956 Ferrari 290 MM by Scaglietti

Within the hierarchy of Enzo-era Ferraris, the sports racing barchettas of the mid-1950s are amongst the most significant cars to wear the Cavallino Rampante. The Works-campaigned examples are especially significant, as they often finished at the front of the pack at the most grueling races, piloted by the most talented drivers.

Chassis 0628 is no exception to the rule. It boasts an enviable racing history on three continents with many of the greatest drivers of its decade.

1985 Porsche 959 Paris-Dakar

Despite the enormous success of its production-based race cars throughout its history, Porsche rarely developed such models as official factory entries, preferring instead to support them in the hands of privateer customers. One of the notable exceptions occurred in the mid-1980s with the advent of one of Stuttgart’s most celebrated and advanced models, the 959.

Longtime Porsche driver Jacky Ickx clarified his interest in developing a 959-based entrant in the Paris-Dakar Rally. Ickx was already driving Porsche 956 examples to Read More

1956 Elva Mk 1/B Sports Racer

Elva sports racers — designed by Frank Nichols — enjoyed considerable success during the 1950s and 1960s on both sides of the Atlantic. A Kentish garage owner, Nichols had commissioned a Ford-engined special with which to go racing, and the result, the CSM, was first seen in 1954.

Nichols put his next creation into production under the name Elva. The Elva featured a simple, light and rigid tubular chassis. Major departures from the CSM were the Standard Ten-based front suspension Read More

1968–69-Type Ford P68 “F3L” Group 6 Racer

Three of the Alan Mann Racing Ford P68 or “F3L” coupes were constructed, of which we are delighted to offer this well-presented example.

In the late Alan Mann’s wonderful book Alan Mann: A Life of Change, the British Ford-specialist private entrant recalled how, “at the end of 1966, Len Bailey started a new design for us called the P68. Having won Le Mans comprehensively with an immense show of force, Ford of America suddenly pulled out of prototype sports car Read More

1966 Ford GT40 Mk II Coupe

Holman-Moody was initially allocated three GT40s for the 1966 season: chassis P1016 (the car offered here), P1031 and P1032. Although the chassis numbers were among the sequence used for production GT40 road and racing cars, they were each built to new Mk II specifications. The GT40 Mk II was the product of Kar Kraft, Ford’s stateside sports car facility, which took the initially British-built GT40 and problem-solved its weaker aspects. The chassis was made stiffer from thicker-gauge steel, and it Read More

1961 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato “2 VEV”

Bonhams is delighted to offer this ultimate, individual Aston Martin Zagato to the car-collecting world. This competition coupe — always known by its distinctive U.K. road-registration number “2 VEV” — is simply the best known and most charismatic of all Aston Martin DB4GT Zagatos.

This ultimate Zagato variant, the 1962 “Manage Project 209,” was essentially a development prototype — sharing a near-identical new chassis structure to the DP214 Works-run “Project car” design then forthcoming for the Aston Martin factory team’s Read More

1983 BMW 635 CSi Group A

  • Constructed in 1982/1983 by BMW specialists Ted Grace International for Frank Sytner
  • Competed in BTCC/ETCC in 1983 and 1984, driven by Frank Sytner, Brian Muir and Barrie Williams
  • Extensive British and New Zealand racing history
  • Immaculately prepared and eligible for a wide range of 1980s and Group A touring car events

1993 McLaren-Cosworth Ford MP4/8A Formula One

It is evident from our long years of market experience that the essence of truly collectible and iconic competition cars is surely a combination of several very significant factors.

The crème de la crème cars upon the very pinnacle of collectibility each have an individually unique and completely verifiable racing history, jeweled by significant success. They also embody the finest standards of contemporary competition-car design and construction. They often embody design and manufacturing technology that is a joy to behold, Read More

1967 Lotus 47 GT-015 Group 4 Coupe

By the mid-1960s, Colin Chapman’s boundless energy had produced no less than 36 distinctive Lotus automobiles. But the entrepreneurial engineer still yearned to build an inexpensive mid-engine production car with a race version for Team Lotus — and for sale to privateers. Thus the Type 46, or Europa, was revealed in 1965. Built around a box-section central spine chassis, John Frayling’s fiberglass bodywork was bonded to the chassis to form an exceptionally stiff monocoque structure. Crucially, the Europa was low Read More