The engine and transmission Shelby dropped into the car were as exotic as corn dogs at a state fair
Carroll Shelby’s concept was simple enough. Take the attractive, lightweight, well-proven Ace roadster built by AC Cars and turn it into a world-beating production racer by the simple expedient of replacing its aging six-cylinder engines with a powerful and reliable American engine.
At least that was the plan. In practice the Ford’s greater Read More
Race cars have always been weapons for a battle, complex mechanisms that allowed talented humans to compete for pleasure and glory
It is impossible to define a Shelby GT350 R any better than the Shelby American Automobile Club’s 1997 Registry does.
“The competition model was the car the GT350 started out to be. Unlike any other production car, from which racing versions are made by modifying street versions, the street Read More
A tiny, wavering soprano has a tough time in a Wagnerian opera, no matter how good she may be
Last of the Abingdon marque’s pre-WWII racing cars, the R-type was unveiled on April 25, 1935. Beautifully wrought, its revolutionary chassis boasted such advanced features as selective dampers and finned drum brakes.
Powered by a supercharged 747-cc OHC four-cylinder engine mated to four-speed ENV pre-selector transmission, the racer was credited with an incredible Read More
In 1955, after taking delivery of his most powerful Maserati to date, the three-liter 300S offered here, chassis number 3057, Benoit Musy contested eleven European Sports Car Championship events, winning five times and scoring a further five podium finishes up to the August 12, 1956, Kristianstad Swedish Grand Prix, which he won.
In a cruel twist of fate, Musy was to perish abruptly at the Coupe de Paris Montlhery on October 7, 1956-the last big race of the season. Musy Read More
According to information supplied by the vendor, this intriguing two-seater special is believed to have been constructed in 1926 by one Cleland C. Castleman. Built around an inverted ladder frame (hence the ground-hugging stance), it’s equipped with a beam front axle, “live” rear end, leaf springs, and Andre-Hartford-style friction dampers.
Clothed in a mixture of aluminum and steel, it rides on 19-inch wire wheels and features unusually large finned rear brake drums (those at the front appearing somewhat smaller).
Reputedly Read More
Ferrari built three of these cars 40 years ago and never used the engine again. If you blew it up, it would be a very long walk home
In an attempt to curb the ever-increasing speeds of Formula One, engine regulations were changed in 1961 to a maximum capacity of 1.5 liters. By the time more generous three-liter rules were established for 1966, manufacturers had designed some wonderful and potent small-capacity engines, Read More
It was a class where being faster than the other guy meant you were a quicker driver, not that you had spent more money
Introduced in 1967, the Lotus Type 51 was the Norfolk concern’s first specific Formula Ford design. Derived in part from the earlier Type 31 Formula 3 cars, it utilized a multi-tubular space frame chassis complete with steel undertray. Equipped with all-round independent suspension, disc brakes, and Read More
Trailing throttle oversteer resulted in far more of them leaving the track backwards than ever drove off straight
When Spike Anderson went trawling for a bottom-feeder race car in England, he started at a fish-and-chip shop.
Anderson bought “LAL,” a four-year-old Datsun 240Z from a Greek fish-and-chip shop owner, a Mr. Michael. Stripped, prepared, and repainted in Spike’s “Samurai” colors, the car was entered for the Silverstone 6-hour relay race Read More
Those who worship at the altar of the Snake will kneel and genuflect, but was it ever a real car?
This prototype is the only 427 Cobra Daytona Coupe in existence. Following the successful campaign of the small block Cobra Daytona Coupes in 1964, Shelby’s Director of Special Projects Peter Brock penned new aerodynamic coachwork for the larger Mk II chassis. Built for Shelby American’s assault on LeMans in the Read More
Whoever won the battle to own this car spent an absolutely scandalous amount of money to do so, presumably because the car is so historically
In April of 1964 the Ford GT40 was unveiled to the automotive press, and the journalists and industry executives alike were awestruck by the innovative monocoque design and dashing good looks. Sadly for Ford, the GT cars would quickly fall out of favor as Read More