We rarely begin a listing with WOW. This Lancia Rally Car definitely deserves to be the first. Our new friend, Jamie Martin at Targa Florio Classics, sent this fresh arrival for your consideration. The Fulvia Zagato has some real vintage rally experience and is very well prepared. Read More
We got to know an experienced Enduro Rally Owner/Driver and architect, Steven H., while we at the Radnor Hunt Concours. Steven has an immaculately prepared (but not immaculate) Porsche 356C that has taken him from Peking to Paris and around South America. These events are not for the faint of heart. If you want a nice hotel or cushy Inn every night, there are great events stateside run by Rich and Jean Taylor. Their events give back to charity too and that’s nice. Events like Peking to Paris are endurance events where car preparation is almost everything. So if you want to participate in the next Peking to Paris in 2015, buy today’s featured car and get busy. The 220S looks like a perfect choice although you would be surprised by what some folks will attempt to run it in. It is a comfortable car, built like a tank and has plenty of room for fuel cells, spares and tools. Read More
We must confess to liking almost every Lancia except the self-destructive ones from the late ’70s. We stumbled across this rare and beautiful Pininfarina-bodied Coupe in original condition and thought it Mintworthy. It is a 3B 2.8 (tipo 826-030) and pretty much unrestored with a clean ownership history. The Lancia has FIVA and ASI papers. Read More
We can be really brief with this one. The seller’s eBay listing does a fine job of describing the immaculate preparation effort lavished on this solid, good-looking MGB. It is said to be event ready and it looks like it. If you are new to TSD rallies or any track events, you might look too good for skill level. But that’s okay for us. The modifications are well thought out and the quality of the parts seem to us to be top-notch. We love the plexiglass headlight covers and the safety hood latches. Read More
Before you get too excited, this car is in Italy. The owner resides here in Texas and has done all the research necessary to make getting it in your garage easy. This is a Squadra Corse “spare” rally racer. Squadra Corse HF is a rally team sponsored by Lancia. When it comes to the HF versions, do not forget that these sports versions saw the day thanks to the insistence of Cesare Fiorio and his team who worked in a little corner of the Lancia factory. Read More
Peugeot’s flagship, the 504 made its public debut on 12 September 1968 at the Paris Auto Show. The press launch which had been scheduled for June 1968 deferred by three months, and production got off to a similarly delayed start because of political discord which exploded across France in May 1968. It is a tough sedan and had great success as a competitive rally car back in the day. Read More
We had one of our best days ever when we posted the Volvo PV544. The auction has a Buy It Now price less than $8,000. One of our subscribers sent me a link to a YouTube video about the East African Safari Rally and one of its luminaries, Joginder Singh. So we thought we would package the update on the 544 with some history and the video.
Joginder was the first Sikh driver ever to win an international rally, and also the first man to win the Safari Rally three times, he was fondly known as the “Flying Sikh” for his exploits behind the wheel. Although Ugandan rival Shekhar Mehta has more outright victories in the event, Singh’s record of 19 finishes in 22 attempts is an unprecedented feat of consistency in what has been long regarded as the world’s toughest rally, where the attrition rate can exceed 90%. His historic first Safari win in 1965 proved to be a triumph against expectations and a defiance of superstition. It was the 13th running of the event, and his car was given the number 1 which was at that time considered an unlucky number in the Safari. Nevertheless, there was only good fortune for Joginder and Jaswant, despite piloting the same Volvo which factory driver Tom Trana had used in 1963 and 1964 and which had clocked up 42,000 competitive miles on its odometer before the Bhachu brothers’ victory.
The “Drive It Like You Hate It” campaign referred to the 122S but it is totally apropos for a 544. Loyal 544 owners are often teased that their trusty classic looks like a shrunken old Ford. Nothing could be more far from the truth. These Volvos were actually sport sedans dressed in a housecoat instead of an evening gown. The 544 feels anything but stodgy. It is stoutly constructed and at 2100 lb., pretty light on its feet. Read More
Don’t get all excited because he’s not for sale. Meet The Colonel. He’s our 1967 Mercedes-Benz 230S Rally Car Tribute to be. We have fond memories of these old S-Klasse sedans. My Uncle Eugene had one when everyone else in the family drove Caddies. Not my parents but everyone else. They make great vintage rally cars because they are relatively inexpensive to buy, pretty expensive to get ready to rumble yet fun, comfortable and reliable. We’re fans of BaT and they have a really nice build. Unlike theirs, ours will remain mechanically unmodified. So what’s with The Colonel you ask? Read More
We know, it isn’t the celebrated Sprint body but the regular notchback 2-door. But how often do you see one with a factory 289 and a 4-speed floor shift? You don’t. Add the fact that it was purchased in Glendora, California and has remained in Cali its entire life. As an added bonus, the original dealer invoice is in the glovebox attesting to its rare power train. We would return the grille to whatever it was originally, add a boat-load of Cibie Super Oscars, run steelies without wheel covers and be welcome at almost any historic or fun rally event. On Craigslist in Los Angeles.