Author: Thor Thorson

1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Spyder Lungo

Few great classic sports cars can match the intense sensory overload provided by the supreme Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 in raucous action. Add the historic importance and cachet of the Le Mans 24 Hours race, of Sir Henry “Tim” Birkin, of Francis, Earl Howe and of Marshal Italo Balbo — […]

1966 Ferrari Dino 206 S Spyder

In February 1966, Ferrari debuted a new sports-racing car formulated for the FIA’s 2-Liter Group 4 class, with hopes of winning over the numerous privateer teams that campaigned in Porsches. Dubbed the Dino 206 S, the car was powered by the development of the 65-degree V6 engine that had been […]

2007 Peugeot 908 V12 HDi FAP Le Mans Racer

This car has a 700-plus horsepower, 5,500-cc twin-turbocharged dual overhead camshaft V12 engine, 6-speed sequential manual paddle-shift gearbox, independent front and rear double-wishbone suspension, and four-wheel hydraulic ventilated disc brakes. The wheelbase is 116 inches. • 2009 Le Mans Works entry• Exceptional and undisputed racing provenance• 1st Overall at Monza, […]

1984 Porsche 962

This Porsche, 962103, better known as the Holbert Racing Löwenbraü Special, is widely considered to be the most successful and recognizable 962. Built by Porsche AG in spring 1984, 962103 was the third customer car completed at the racing department in Weissach. Intended to compete in the IMSA GT Championship, […]

1949 Snowberger-Offy Indianapolis ‘500’ Roadster

Among the many builders of Indianapolis 500 cars, the names Frank Kurtis, A.J. Watson and Quinn Epperly stand out, primarily for their work during the glorious era of the 1950s through the mid-1960s. Over the years, however, many other talented and resourceful builders turned their hands to the craft. One […]

1967 Fiat-Abarth 1000 TC Berlina Corsa

The Abarth reputation as a giant-killer was cemented on the racetracks, rallies and hillclimbs of Europe and America, as funny-looking but potent little Fiat sedans stormed to class wins and group championships in event after event. Based on the Fiat 600D introduced in 1960, the 850 TC, for Turismo Competizione, […]

1972 Alfa Romeo Tipo TT 33/3

The Makes Championship racers of 1969–74 are not for the faint of heart or weak of pocketbook Chassis number: AR11572010 – 4th overall at Le Mans with Nino Vaccarella and Andrea de Adamich – Confirmed as a 1972 Alfa Romeo Autodelta team car – Driven by Andrea de Adamich in […]

1956 Tojeiro-Butterworth AJB Racer

I have no idea how much fun it might be to drive, but I can guarantee it won’t have a chance against the Lotus 11s and Cooper Bobtails Chassis number: TAD354Engine number: B44 Archie Butterworth of Frimley Green, Surrey, was a wonderfully extroverted engineering personality involved in the resurgent years […]

1964 Mini Cooper Works Race Car

  From a collector’s standpoint, they were just plain cheap from concept to completion, and they built a ton of them Chassis number: CA257662044 Engine number: 9FSAY34709 Belying its small size and apparent fragility, the Mini Cooper developed into the most successful Works rally car of the 1960s. One of […]

Alloy Gullwing is the Ultimate Collectible

If a Mercedes Gullwing is the iconic 1950s Grand Touring car, as many insist, then the ultra-exclusive, all-aluminum “alloy Gullwing” is the ultimate example. Mercedes built 29 of them in 1955 as a lightweight, racing variant on the production car. It was 175 lbs lighter than the steel car and […]