Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta

The Ferrari 166 MM was to be the first Ferrari that would ever win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans – taking outright victory in 1949. It was a busy year for Ferrari, and before it drew to a close the 166 MM had also taken victories at both the Mille Miglia and the…

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Devin D Porsche Special

The Devin D Porsche Special was a creation of Bill Devin, an American racing driver and engineer with a life story so fascinating you’ll wonder why he isn’t significantly more well-known. The Story of Bill Devin Bill was born in Oklahoma in 1915 to a father who was an automobile mechanic and would later become a Chevrolet dealer. The…

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Lister Costin Chevrolet Streamliner

The Lister Costin Chevrolet represented a new direction for the small British car maker, its slippery body was designed by aerodynamicist Frank Costin, a former engineer at the de Havilland Aircraft Company. Costin was one of the leading minds at adapting aircraft aerodynamics to racing cars, and in 1954 he was contracted by his brother Mike…

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The Bocar XP-5

The Bocar XP-5 is an American designed and built racing car designed to take the fight to cars like the D-Type Jaguar, Austin Healey 3000, and Porsche 356. The name XP-5 stands for “eXperimental Prototype 5”, and the company name “Bocar” is a combination of the founder’s first and last names “BOb CARnes”. Meet Bob…

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1974 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 3.0

The 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 3.0 is an exceedingly rare car, just 55 were made and today they’re considered amongst the finest naturally aspirated 911s money can buy. The “RS” designator in the model name comes from the German word “Rennsport”, which roughly translates to “race sport” – Porsche developed the model based on…

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Bill Shaw Racing 1968 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28

In 1971 there was a race the Crystal Palace circuit as part of the British Saloon Car Championship. Today it’s remembered as one of the toughest and most significant touring car races of the era – even being immortalised in the BBC’s “100 Greatest Sporting Moments”, and featured in the Top Gear “50th Anniversary of…

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Documentary: Supercharged Grand Prix Cars

Supercharged Grand Prix Cars is a documentary that runs just under an hour in length and covers some of the most famous (and most deadly) cars to ever race at the Grand Prix level. The film looks at the cars and characters that raced from 1924 until the outbreak of WWII in 1939, it also…

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1935 Aston Martin Ulster Le Mans Works Racer

The Ulster is remembered as an early highlight in the racing history of Aston Martin, the model was an indirect result of a bankruptcy in 1926 that saw the marque close its doors before it was saved by Bill Renwick, Augustus (Bert) Bertelli, and a team of investors. Aston Martin had originally been founded in 1913…

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1964 Austin-Healey 3000 Works Rally Car

In 1964 the Austin-Healey factory in Abingdon built just three works rally cars, they typically built a few each year and the cars would compete in many of the world’s biggest racing and rally events – often punching well above their weight. The standard Austin-Healey 3000 is powered by a 2912cc inline-6 with overhead valves,…

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Scuderia Ferrari Rudge 500 TT

Editor’s Note: This motorcycle has since been revealed by RM Sotheby’s to be a facsimile of those raced by Scuderia Ferrari – not an original. The information below about the Scuderia Ferrari Motorcycle Team is all accurate. RM Sotheby’s will now be offering it at auction with no reserve. In 1932 the still-new Scuderia Ferrari decided to…

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Bill Thomas Cheetah

The Bill Thomas Cheetah was, unsurprisingly, built by an engineer named Bill Thomas. He developed the car with Don Edmunds using 100% American components and engineering, with his sights set firmly on Carroll Shelby’s then-new Cobra. Thomas had been building fast Chevrolets for 7 years by the time the Cheetah project started in 1963. He…

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