Race

1963 Cobra 289 Le Mans

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 […]

1965 Shelby GT350 R

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 […]

1935 MG R-type

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 […]

1955 Maserati 300S

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 […]

“Goodall Special Sports”

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. […]

1965 Ferrari 1512

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 […]

1967 Lotus Type 51 FF

It was a class where being faster than the other guy meant you were a quicker driver, not that you had spent more money {vsig}2006-2_1915{/vsig} 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 […]

1973 Datsun 240Z Race Car

Trailing throttle oversteer resulted in far more of them leaving the track backwards than ever drove off straight {vsig}2006-1_1909{/vsig} 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 […]

1965 Shelby Daytona 427 Coupe

Those who worship at the altar of the Snake will kneel and genuflect, but was it ever a real car?   {vsig}2005-12_1903{/vsig} 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 […]

1964 Ford GT40 Prototype

Whoever won the battle to own this car spent an absolutely scandalous amount of money to do so, presumably because the car is so historicallyimportant {vsig}2005-11_1896{/vsig} In April of 1964 the Ford GT40 was unveiled to the automotive press, and the journalists and industry executives alike were awestruck by the […]