Lazenby Lotus 17 Special

Jim Clark’s future mechanic had to design and build a suitable frame and scavenge everything else he needed. That appears to be what he did

Having created his first special while training as a mechanic with the RAF, it was perhaps inevitable that David Lazenby would embark upon a similar project once he began working for Lotus in 1961.

Although he was destined to become Jim Clark’s F1/Indy 500 mechanic and Read More

1968 Alpine Renault A110 Coupe

To be welcome, even invited, to drive flat out over an alpine pass in a raging blizzard at night-that’s priceless

This ex-Works car, fitted with a Mignotet-built and -tuned engine, started its racing career in the 1968 Tour de Corse driven by Jean-Francois Piot. The rally was won by Jean-Claude Andruet in a sister car. Next year “our car” won the Rallye des Routes du Nord with Jean Vinatier and Marcel Callewaert Read More

1952 Glöckler-Porsche Roadster

I will argue that the Glöckler-Porsches were early flickers, puffs of smoke in the weeds, and the tinder didn’t really catch fire until the 550 came along

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Walter Glöckler occupies an honored place among Porsche owners. Not only was he one of the first to race a Porsche, he was also one of the first owners to take a standard Porsche and make substantial changes to it in order to Read More

1965 Ford Lotus Cortina Mk I Saloon

That “inside front wheel in the air” was a function of stiff front springs and soft rear ones, which seemed to work

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Ford’s 1960s profile-raising competition program included recruiting Lotus boss Colin Chapman to give the new Cortina a sporting makeover. Chapman’s brief was to develop a Group 2 competition version; Lotus would then build the 1,000 cars required for homologation.

Launched in 1963, the Lotus Cortina featured the Elan’s Read More

1931 Reo Race Car

Blanco and this Reo scored podium finishes for 22 years-from 1931 to 1954-a monumental accomplishment

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Car collectors have known for a long time that some of the greatest barn finds have come out of Argentina, but not many realize why this is so. To understand, it is necessary to appreciate Buenos Aires in the inter-war years.

Argentina was at that time the world’s third largest economy, and motor racing Read More

1948 Veritas BMW Rennsport

This is a front-running, potentially winning car at the Monaco Historic Grand Prix. Now the price all starts to make sense

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Veritas was formed in 1946 by BMW engineers Ernst Loof and Lorenz Dietrich to build BMW-engined sports cars. Because steel was virtually unavailable in post-war Germany, the bodies were all hand-finished in aluminum, with steel being confined to the main chassis members.

This, and a general shortage of Read More

Lola-Climax Mk I Sports Racer

For sheer giggles per lap, I don’t think there is a vintage racer around that can match the Lola Mk I

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This well-presented Lola-Climax Mk I is not only a fine example of perhaps the most sought-after of all British small-capacity sports-racing cars of the 1950s, it is also one that can boast an exceptional history. The Lola Mk I was the first commercial sports-racing car product of Lola Cars, Read More

1952 Allard Cadillac JR “Le Mans” Roadster

If hot rods had been invented in England, Sidney Allard would have been their originator. The first postwar production models of the Allard Motor Company featured American Ford flathead V8s, more often than not fitted with Sidney’s own alloy speed parts such as intake manifolds and cylinder heads.

By the early 1950s, larger American OHV V8s like Cadillac and Chrysler Hemis became available, so, in true hot rod fashion, Sidney wasted no time shoehorning these into his J2X and JR Read More

1953 Ferrari 340/375 MM

340/375MM coupes are hot, claustrophobic, cacophonous, and demanding to drive. The spyders are simply demanding

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Ferrari has been called a racing company with a production department, and nowhere is that emphasis more evident than in the production sports cars of the early 1950s. Not only was Enzo Ferrari passionately dedicated to victory on the world’s Grand Prix circuits, but his sports cars-which were supposed to fund the operation-quickly became dominant Read More

1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Spyder Corto

The Alfa is so light and quick, you almost forget it’s pre-war. Imagine a tall Lotus 7 with 19-inch tires and a lot more horsepower

The chassis serial associated with this 8C 2300 is 2211051. This serial was the earliest number applied to the second-series of 8C 2300s, the brainchild of Alfa Romeo’s fabled chief engineer, Vittorio Jano.

Alfa Romeo 8C 2300s appeared in 1931 in a variety of forms, achieving Read More