This car was built by two guys from the Oneonta, New York area in the mid fifties. They began with a 1941 Oldsmobile frame shortened 18 inches, and a small diameter tube frame was built to hold the hand formed aluminum body. The racer was built using an Olds Flathead 6 but soon was replaced with a Olds 394 CID Rocket V-8 sporting three Stromberg 97 carbs, and fitted with a 1963 Corvette transmission purchased new from the local Chevy Dealer. The car retains this drivetrain along with the hand fabricated exhaust system. Read More
It isn’t often a historic, rally-prepared Porsche 912 comes to market. Today we have a Swedish privateer’s Porsche 912 built as a rally racer from new. The 912 was one of the few to be campaigned in Scandinavia. The car was originally owned by a gentleman by the name of Albin Griberg, an enthusiastic rally driver. He ordered the car with a factory 100 liter tank and that has to make this 912 one of the few so equipped. It has all the correct period racing equipment it was campaigned with back in the day. Read More
We love a car with a good story. This is one of them. It was ordered by a man named Dale Stone who was an active member of the MG Club. He set the car up as a rally racer and entered it into the Palm Springs, California Desert Rally. The listing tells us, he ordered a Sherrock Supercharger that unfortunately he never installed. Read More
The Wachs Porsche Special is the poster child for the spirit of motor racing in the ’50s. Enterprising racers with a bit of engineering or automotive know-how didn’t follow the crowd and built their own car. Lee Wachs was one of those intrepid racers who had a better idea. Lee used mostly Porsche mechanicals of the period and curiously, the rear of an Austin-Healey 100S. The all-aluminum 100S is the holy grail of Healeys by the way. Read More
This Porsche needs pretty much everything but it could be worth it. And the reason we think so is because it has an interesting racing history from the 1960s. How it got to the US is the easy part. It was brought back by someone in the Armed Services. The soldier had it shipped home after his tour in ’76 and drove it until ’81. He parked it in ’81 until recently. But the history before the serviceman is what makes this special. It was a race car with documented history. Read More
Some sports cars lose something when translated into a race car. They look muscular but they don’t look as handsome. Not all cars but some. You have to try hard to screw up the lines of an E-Type. Today’s featured Jaguar, has managed to stay fabulous. It is an immaculately prepared racer campaigned by Brian Donovan as part of JCNA’s Vintage Racing Team from ’03 to ’05. Donovan is so well-known in the Jaguar world that one can be assured this is the real deal. Read More
When they started building boats out of fiberglass, it started a whole lot of car guys thinking. One of those guys was Jim Byers. There were a lot of flaky looking kit cars that resulted from using this wonder material but Byers got it right. The Byers SR100 debuted in 1956 and was sold thru the early 1960’s. After Jim stopped manufacturing the SR100, he handed it off to Kellison who continued offering the body thru the early ’70s. It is estimated that 25-50 SR100 fiberglass bodies were made and just a handful have survived. BTW, Road & Track deemed the SR100 good enough for a cover car in February of ’57. Read More
As a member of the VSCCA and because of our close proximity to Lime Rock Park Race Track, we get to see quite a few 356 Comp cars. They are all pretty terrific and one might say, they are right at home and definitely where they belong when they scoot by on the track. But esthetically, some are just way cooler than others. That doesn’t mean they are faster or the driver is more skilled, it means the owner cares about what things look like too. All of the architects we know are like that. Every decision is based on what it looks like and does it contribute to the overall success of the project. So when we spotted this 356A Competition car we stopped in our tracks. Read More
Why would we feature a Datsun 510 Tribute racer on Mint? Well because the BRE team was really good at building competitive cars and Pete Brock, the founder of BRE, was one important car guy. At the age of 19, Brock was the youngest designer ever hired by GM Styling. In November of 1957, Brock drew the sketch which GM VP of Design Bill Mitchell picked off the wall to become the next Corvette, the Stingray. Read More
This isn’t just any old drag racer, it is The Termite. Now if that doesn’t strike fear in the hearts of those or us who live in wood houses, we don’t know what will. This is a racer that qualifies for any historic racing events but it is best suited for events that go in a straight line and don’t last too long. Read More
The most beautiful car ever designed looks good as a race car too. Today’s featured Jag is similar to the one we featured last week. Although this one is capable of being driven on the street. Wow! To be honest, we don’t know how truthful that statement is. It has a cut-down racing windscreen with no wipers and god knows what else you need to drive on the street. But the thought of doing it is kind of neat. Read More
California-based Aldin ‘Red’ LeGrand was a senior mechanical engineer in the aerospace industry who built a series of cars that bore his name. His first creation was a Renault-based racing special which was completed in the very early 1960s. His second car was called the Cheetah which was designed to compete in Formula 4. The Formula 4 series never really caught on. LeGrand used an air-cooled BMW 700cc engine and transaxle for his car. Read More
Ed Almquist, founder of Almquist Engineering, is one of the pivotal figures in the history of hot rodding. Less well known is that Almquist also offered a line of fiberglass kit car bodies that were very popular in the ’50s.The Almquist kit body program started in ’55 with a small Pennsylvania company called Clearfield Plastics that had developed a fiberglass sports car body to fit on Fiat Topolino and Crosley chassis. They got into financial trouble and sold the project to Ed Almquist. The first kit body, the Saber I, was a sleek sports car with a 72-92-inch wheelbase, a rounded nose, and an oval grille. The fenders tucked in behind the front wheels to provide ventilation for the brakes. Today’s featured racer is one of the nicest Sabers around.
Francesco Stanguellini was the first Fiat dealer in Modena and it is still in business today. Francesco modified and raced various Fiat models, and built race cars around Fiat mechanicals. Stanguellinis experienced success in pre-War Mille Miglias, although the spotlight never shined bright for them. Stanguellinis won the Formula Corse championships in 1956 and 1957, making the accession to the new Formula Junior a natural. The Formula Corse design was revised and rebodied. A Fiat 1100 series (1089 cc) OHV four replaced Stanguellini’s own 750 cc twin cam. Read More
Vintage racing is a hugely popular sport. It can be very expensive if your car of choice has race history and is very rare. Some sanctioning bodies won’t accept a race car unless it has race history. Others will. There are many ways to skin the racing cat. You can race in your particular car’s club track days like today’s featured Alfa Romeo. We liked this car because it, according to the seller, is race ready and built from scratch. The Alfa Romeo GTV is one of our favorite designs whether it is on the street or on the track. We applaud the builder’s choice of Alfa’s Azzuro LeMans (Blue) for the build. It looks great. The seller’s listing features all of the racing parts from some of the top suppliers in the business. Shankle, Sparco, Momo, Koni, Facet, Magnaflow; they are all present in this Alfa. the seller says the Alfa was competitive in the VRG and AROC and we don’t doubt it. The seller is asking $18,000 and willing to consider all offers. He’s got tons of spares and a trailer too. Contact the seller by clicking here.