Classic Race Cars

Sauber-Mercedes C 9 (1987-1990)
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Sauber-Mercedes C 9 (1987-1990)

The Sauber-Mercedes C 9 racing sports car was the outcome of a longstanding innovation partnership between Mercedes-Benz and the Swiss racing team established by Peter Sauber, a relationship that dated back to 1984. That was the year in which the Stuttgart company and the Zurich-based racing car designer reached an agreement for Mercedes-Benz to supply engines for the Sauber prototype sports cars used in the Group C motor racing series.

Auto Union Silver Arrow Type A (1934)
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Auto Union Silver Arrow Type A (1934)

Auto Union Type A was the first of the famous Auto Union racing cars from the 1930s. At the time German racing cars were given a silver paint finish, and therefore these cars were also called Silver Arrow.

Bentley 3 Litre (1921-1929)
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Bentley 3 Litre (1921-1929)

Walter Owen Bentley reckoned racing was the best way to promote the new company and the new car. However, the big and heavy Bentley 3 Litre didn’t suit well in Grand Prix racing. Instead it was perfect for endurance racing due to its strong and reliable engine. Bentley 3 Litre took its first win in the Le Mans 24 Hour race in 1924 driven by John Duff and Frank Clement, who participated as a private team driving their own car. Next year Bentley participated Le Mans with a factory team. In 1927 Bentley factory team drivers Sammy Davis and Dudley Benjafield took the second win for Bentley 3 Litre in Le Mans 24 Hour race.

Renault Type K (1902)
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Renault Type K (1902)

Built in 1902, the Renault Type K race car was a 3.43 metres long and 1.48 metres wide. It was powered by a 4-cylinder engine with a displacement of 3,770cc. The engine produced around 24 horsepower at 1,100rpm.

Blitzen-Benz (1909)
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Blitzen-Benz (1909)

Development of the record-breaking Benz 200 hp started in 1909 at Benz & Cie. in Mannheim under the guidance of Victor Hemery. The starting point for the new vehicle was the Benz 150 hp racing car. By enlarging the bore to 185 mm, the displacement of the 15.1-litre engine was increased to a substantial 21.5 litres. The unit produced up to 147 kW (200 hp) at 1600 rpm. The four-cylinder in-line engine consisted of cylinders cast together in pairs, and weighed 407 kg. It had overhead inlet and outlet valves as well as two spark plugs per cylinder. The engine’s power was transferred to the rear axle by a four-speed manual transmission via an idler shaft and chain.

Ford 999 (1902)
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Ford 999 (1902)

In May, 1902, Henry Ford and Tom Cooper, along with several assistants, began building two race cars. These cars were later named as 999 (painted yellow) and Arrow (painted red). Originally, the two cars could be differentiated by their intake manifolds. The 999 had right-angle bends in the runners, while the bends in the Arrow’s manifold were more gentle and curving, which made this car the faster of the two. However, parts and paint were swapped between the two so often that precisely which car was which became obscured.