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 preparation 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
CSX2093 is one of only eight cars modified with the Shelby-developed Dragonsnake package.
Owned by Jim Costilow and piloted by drag racer Bruce Larson, later of USA-1 Funny Car fame, the Dragonsnake dominated the NHRA’s A/SP, AA/SP, B/SP and C/SP classes in 1964. It set records in the 1965 season and won the NHRA Springnationals, Winternationals and U.S. Indy Nationals that year.
With subsequent owner Ed Hedrick behind the wheel, CSX2093 went on to win the 1966 Springnationals and U.S. Read More
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, 962103 was originally delivered to Holbert Racing, an American outfit with long-standing ties to the German marque.
Twenty-five years have passed since 962103 last raced, yet Read More
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 of these was Russell Snowberger. His heyday came during the so-called “Junk Formula” years, when Indy rules were skewed toward production engines.
Louis Read More