Classic Race Cars

Datsun Fairlady 1500 SP310 race car
By June 3, 2011 Read More →

Datsun Fairlady 1500 SP310 race car

Fairlady 1500 sports car was based on the Datsun 310 chassis (first-generation Bluebird) and was equipped with the Cedric’s 4-cylinder engine. The race version of Fairlady 1500 entered the 1st Japan Grand Prix at Suzuka in 1963. In race version, the 1488cc engine produced 80 horsepower and 118 Newton metres of torque. The cars overall length was 3910mm, width 1495mm, height 1275mm and wheelbase 2280mm. The curb weight was 870kg.

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Ferguson P99 – the first 4WD Formula One car
By May 25, 2011 Read More →

Ferguson P99 – the first 4WD Formula One car

Designer Claude Hill and racers Fred Dixon and Tony Rolt teamed up with Harry Ferguson to create the world’s first four wheel drive Formula car. Ferguson had always loved motorsport and was keen to promote the transmission systems of his company. Work began on the P99 project in 1960. Claude Hill designed the car to have a 50-50 torque distribution front to rear and it car was built to have an even weight distribution over both axles. P99 was front-engined and was fitted with 1.5-litre Climax 4 cylinder engine, mounted at a slant to make room for the front driveshaft. In addition the driving position was moved slightly off-centre to accommodate the gearbox and rear driveshaft to the driver’s left hand side.

Henry Ford’s Sweepstakes (1901)
By March 31, 2011 Read More →

Henry Ford’s Sweepstakes (1901)

In late 1900, Henry Ford’s fortunes were at a low ebb. His first venture in auto manufacturing, the Detroit Automobile Company, was going out of business after producing 19 or 20 vehicles in a year of operation. The cars had not sold well and Ford wanted to develop a better one, but his stockholders decided to dissolve the company. The car Ford wanted to build would be mass-produced, uncomplicated, reliable, and sold at a price most people could afford. That was a revolutionary idea in 1901, when the automobile was still a novelty, and much too expensive for all but the very wealthy.

Opel Ascona A rally car (1974)
By March 17, 2011 Read More →

Opel Ascona A rally car (1974)

Opel illustrated the sporty potential of the Ascona by presenting the Ascona 1.9 S and the Ascona SR models in spring 1971. The SR version came with an 80 hp 1.6-liter S engine or a 90 hp 1.9-liter unit. Opel Ascona A succeeded also on a rally track when in 1974 Walter Röhrl and Jochen Berger lined up at the start of the European Rally Championship with a two-door sedan. The Ascona of the Opel Euro Dealers Team had a four-cylinder engine re-bored to 2-liter displacement and featured an aluminum cross flow cylinder head that produced 200 hp at 6700 rpm.

Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow W 25 (1934-36)
By January 22, 2011 Read More →

Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow W 25 (1934-36)

A new age for Mercedes-Benz motorsport dawned from 1934. The project for the future was the W 25. As to its premiere, Daimler-Benz set its sights on the Avus and Eifel races in the run-up to the French Grand Prix on July 1, 1934, the second of the season. To win the race in France would have been quite a feat, almost exactly 20 years after the one-two-three triumph of Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft (DMG) in Lyon. Eventually, it was an Alfa Romeo P3 Tipo B that actually won the race in Montlhéry, but it was the W 25 which represented the state of the art.

BMW M3 E30 in motorsport
By September 14, 2010 Read More →

BMW M3 E30 in motorsport

The first generation of BMW M3 was designed to be produced as a mass-production automobile on an assembly line. It was destined to compete in near-production touring car motor sport, or more precisely as a Group A racing car.