Jim Russell Junior – 1961 Lotus 20/22

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Designed to replace the 18, the Lotus 20 was lower, sleeker, shorter, wider and more aerodynamic than its predecessor. It dominated Formula Junior in 1961 with both factory drivers and privateers finding success, and in 1962 it was further improved with the 22, which had a stiffer chassis and Girling disc brakes up front. 1962 saw even more victories with Peter Arundell taking 18 victories in 25 starts. … [Read more...]

Retired Racer – 1964 MGB Project

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MG built over 510,000 examples of the MGB Roadster and GT, making it the top selling British sports car ever. It was cheap, fun and easy on the eyes. It was the Miata of the '60s. The B was a popular choice for the track, too, and it remains popular to this day. Thanks to the high number of cars to choose from and the relatively high availability of parts, it's a perfect starter car for people just venturing into classic car ownership as well as … [Read more...]

Unconventional, Never Raced – 1968 Shelby Turbine Indy Car

1968 Shelby Turbine Indy Car

Indianapolis, more than any other race track, has had an interesting relationship with turbine-powered race cars. The 500 was very nearly won by turbines in both 1967 and '68, and for a short time turbines looked like they could be the way of the future at the Brickyard. By 1969, however, the USAC had issued rule changes that effectively rendered them uncompetitive and relegated them to footnote status in the history books. While turbines were … [Read more...]

Featured Listing – 1953 Porsche 356 Pre-A Coupe

1953 Porsche 356 Pre-A Coupe, 50748

The 1950s have rightly been called the golden age for the automobile on both sides of the Atlantic, a renaissance of styling and engineering after the years of warfare that diverted the talents of the car industry to military efforts. This was even true in Germany, a war-torn and geopolitically divided country that began a miraculously quick recovery in the postwar years, and it was out of this climate that Porsche came into its own as one of the … [Read more...]

West Coast Warrior – 1954 Ferrari 375 MM

1954 Ferrari 375 MM

The 375 MM effectively combined the race-proven chassis from the 340 with the 4.5-liter 340 horsepower V-12 from Ferrari's ill-fated Indianapolis car. Most examples had either spider or berlinetta bodywork by Pinin Farina, and they were used to great success on both sides of the Atlantic, even helping to secure enough points in international competition for Ferrari to win the Manufacturer's Championship in 1953 and 1954. Only around sixteen … [Read more...]

Formula B Weapon – 1971 Brabham BT35

1971 Brabham BT35 - On The Move

The Brabham BT35 and BT36 were the last tube frame formula cars designed by Ron Tauranac and constructed by Motor Racing Developments in 1971 before they progressed to a stressed skin monocoque design. 1971 was also a formative time in formula car racing, as all the major manufacturers were adapting wings and big slick tires to both new and existing chassis, making cornering speeds rise drastically. But like the BT21, BT29 and BT30 before it, the … [Read more...]

Mini’s Big Brother – 1965 MG 1100 Coupe

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BMC's Alec Issigonis-designed AD016 platform was sold over a twelve year period as an Austin, an MG, a Morris, an Innocenti, a Riley, a Vanden Plas and a Wolseley with either 1.2 or 1.3-liter versions of the venerable A-Series motor. Over 3 million of these badge engineered little cars were eventually sold, making it one of the most popular British cars in history. In the domestic market, it was only available at first as a four-door saloon, but … [Read more...]

Itty Bitty Bimmer – 1963 BMW 700 Coupe

1963 BMW 700 Coupe

We're usually talking about Volkswagens when the subject of small German rear-engined automobiles comes up, but from 1959 to 1965 BMW of all companies had one of their own called the 700. An economical but attractive little thing, it gave BMW a sales boost when their bank account needed it most, with almost 200,000 of them churned out before BMW stopped producing tiny cars once and for all. The replacement for the Isetta-derived 600, the 700 … [Read more...]

Ex-Peter Revson – 1972 McLaren M20 Can-Am

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The orange cars from McLaren were the ones to beat in the glory days of Can-Am, as the M8 and its derivatives steamrolled the competition and as its two star drivers, McLaren and Hulme, put on the "Bruce and Denny Show". That kind of dominance in racing never lasts forever, of course,  and in McLaren's case it was Porsche, a late comer to the Can-Am party, that posed the biggest threat yet seen in the series. McLaren stood up to the … [Read more...]

Thoughtfully Preserved – 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Series II Cabriolet

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A 250 Ferrari of any kind is hard not to love. The 3.0-liter V-12 is one of the greatest engines ever put into an automobile, and the different styles of bodywork that were fitted over the years are some of the prettiest shapes ever laid over the top of one. The 250 GT Cabriolet is no exception. Although it was more comfortable and less explicitly sporty than some of its siblings, the Cabriolet nevertheless shared the intoxicating wail of the … [Read more...]