The heads of the Automobile Club de France, keen to see prestigious national firms return to racing, decided to introduce new rules for the 1936 ACF Grand Prix. The new regulations, adopted on October 13, 1935, opened the event to sports cars. The declared goal was, of course, to encourage the involvement of French firms and, if possible, facilitate their success; but also to openly encourage “reasonable” racing cars whose development could be directly applied to series cars. Models Read More
• Estimated 350-hp, 365-ci Cadillac overhead valve V8 engine with dual four-barrel carburetors, 4-speed manual transmission, semi-independent front suspension with split axle, rear De Dion axle with coil springs and tubular shock absorbers, and Lockheed four-wheel hydraulic brakes
• One of only seven Allard JRs built
• One of two factory entries to the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1953
• Driven 145.35 mph by Zora Arkus-Duntov down the Mulsanne Straight
Beautiful or brutal — take your choice — these Allards were the epitome of Read More
This car appeared on the grid at the 1952 Eifelrennen at the famous Nürburgring complex in Germany. It finished 5th, in the middle of a collection of BMW-powered race cars. This is a unique opportunity to own a contemporary racer to the Veritas racer — and at a comparably bargain price.
This example is a “one-off,” totally unique, hand-built race car; the only example extant. The bodywork on the “Wagner Special” was fashioned from surplus U.S. aircraft wing-tanks; the Read More
The Lancia Stratos is unquestionably the most extraordinary rally car ever produced. It is also one of the most successful, having won the World Rally Championship three times (and probably would have continued if allowed to do so).
The first prototype Stratos was a project designed by Marcello Gandini for Bertone and exhibited at Turin in 1970. It was essentially an exercise in extreme style and very impressive, with the overall height at just 37.4 inches. This strange, wedge-shaped Read More
This magical Maserati was a direct competitor of the smaller-engined, less-uncompromisingly-race-bred Alfa Romeo 8C 2300. It should be considered absolutely within the same breath as one of the most illustrious of Italian-made thoroughbred road-racing cars.
This extraordinarily well-presented survivor from Maserati’s early history is offered here direct from 57 years in its current ownership, and from 61 years within the same family. It has been restored, maintained and preserved within Anthony Hartley’s supreme Maserati collection and fully reflects his Read More
Launched in 1952, the first Aston Martin sports racer was the DB3. Developed for Aston Martin by Eberan von Eberhorst, a former Auto Union racing engineer from the pre-war era, the DB3 featured an all-new, tubular chassis using De Dion rear architecture, with a purposeful, chunky, slab-sided body.
Competition victory proved elusive for the DB3, however, and its performance was hampered by reliability issues. Aston Martin commissioned A.G. “William” Watson to engineer an improved car. In May 1953, a new Read More
Perhaps the world’s most recognized Porsche 917:
- Team Penske Racing, sponsored by L&M
- Driven by racing legends Mark Donohue and George Follmer
- Debuted at Mosport ’72 Can-Am driven by Mark Donohue
- Dominated the ’72 Can-Am series, taking first at five of nine races
- Can-Am Champion in ’72 driven by George Follmer
- Raced as #6 by Donohue and #7 by Follmer in ’72
- Penske then sold 003 to Rinzler and it was cam- paigned as the #16 car in RC Read More
Among all Brooklands habitués of the 1920–30s, perhaps the most glamorous and charismatic of all the historic motor course’s racing celebrities was the diminutive Bentley-driving Baronet, Sir Henry Ralph Stanley “Tim” Birkin. He combined his “Bentley Boy” high-society image with a fearless driving talent.
With fellow enthusiast/racer Mike Couper, Birkin & Couper Ltd was established at Welwyn, where it produced the prototype 4½ Litre “Blower” Bentley in the summer of 1929. W.O. Bentley recalled: “They would lack in their Read More
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 conceived by Dino Ferrari before his death in 1956.
Introduced for the 1966 racing season, the Dino 206 S appeared to be a scaled-down version of the revered 330P, even Read More
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, Silverstone and Spa
• Groundbreaking HDi diesel-powered V12 engine
• Run by the Works-Peugeot factory race team
• The first Peugeot 908 HDi to ever be offered Read More