Racing is a great passion of mine and I have been interested in racing cars virtually all my life. Playing with Dinky toys as a young boy, I developed a life long interest in cars, racing cars in particular. This part of the collection contains notable racing cars from the 1940's through the mid-60's. It is primarily dedicated to the 60's and cars that were very influential in my love of racing. The cars in this section helped shape the great battle between Ford and Ferrari that was to come and an era when wings were still limited to planes.

Race Sports & GT Cars Post-War to 1959
To see other Racing Sports Cars click on years: 1960-69, 1970-Present.

1947 Cisitalia 202 SMM: The name "Cisitalia" derives from "Consorzio Industriale Sportive Italia", Using a Fiat 60 hp, 1100 cc engine with Pinnin Farina styled aluminium body, at the 1947 Mille Miglia, the Cistitalia spider really proved itself by leading most of the race in capable hands of Tazio Nuvolari and co-driver Francesco Carena. Despite having competition with engines three times larger, Nuvolari held back the competition placing 2nd overall and 1st in class.
Model by STARLINE 1/43
1950 Renault 4CV: Just-Emile Vernet and Roger Eckerlein placed 27th overall and 3rd in class at Le Mans in 1950. They finished almost 100 laps down to the winner! Vernet had raced at Le Mans since 1931, mostly in Renault powered machines, always looking for the class win. Petites voitures, grands rêves!
Model by IXO 1/43
1950 Talbot-Lago T26GS: Louis Rosier entered this car and co-drove with his son, Jean-Louis Rosier to first place at Le Mans in 1950. Essentially a Grand Prix car with cycle fenders, the T26GS is powered by a 4.5L straight-six producing 190 bhp, Rosier set fastest lap in the race. He partnered with Fangio in another Talbot-Lago T26GS in 1951 but failed to finish.
Model by STARTER 1/43
1950 Talbot-Lago T26GS: At Le Mans in 1953, Louis Rosier and Elie Bayol retired early in the race due to gearbox failure. This car (Chassis #110055) was the same one that Rosier had driven to victory at Le Mans (driving 22 of the 24 hours) in 1950. It was re-bodied and used extensively, including the 1953 Carrera Panamericana (5th) and Le Mans again in 1954 & 1955.
Model by TOP MODEL 1/43

1951 Lancia Aurelia B20: The Aurelia featured a a Ghia-designed, Pininfarina-built body and a 2.0L V6 engine which produced 80 hp. This car finished 2nd in the 1951 Mille Miglia, driven by Giovanni Bracco and Umberto Maglioli, beaten only by Ferrari. The same year it took first in class and 12th overall at Le Mans. Modified Aurelias took the first three places on 1952's Targa Florio
Model by NOREV 1/43
1951 Lancia Aurelia B20: This Lancia was driven in the Carrera Panamericana race La Carrera Panamericana in 1951. Driven by Giovanni Bracco and Gilberto Cornacchia, it failed to finish due to an accident. The car was also used in the Mille Miglia, where it finished 2nd and was classified 12t overall and 1st class at Le Mans 1951. Owned by Bracco it was also raced in 1952 Carrera, finishing 28th
Model by BRUMM 1/43
1952 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT: Entered by Scuderia Lancia at Le Mans in 1952, this Aurelia was driven to 8th place overall and 2nd in class by Felice Bonetto and Enrico Anselmi. The 2.0L V6 of the B20 was the first production V6, producing 90hp and allowing its drivers to motor in comfort and style. The Aurelia was named after the Roman Road from Rome to Pisa.
Model by ALTAYA 1/43

1952 Renault 4CV Vernet-Pairard: Just-Emile Vernet and Jean Pairard were early modifiers of post-war Renault automobiles. In 1952, they develop an envelope body over 4CV mechanicals and created a car which set 8 speed records at the Autodrome de Montlhéry. Renault entered the car at Le Mans in 1953 and it was driven by Yves Lesur and Andre Briatt. Unfortunately the little 4CV car did not survive more than 14 laps, losing its 747 cc engine. It was fast however, capable of 110 mph!
Model by ELGIOR 1/43
1952 Fiat 8V: Created to compete in the 2-litre Italian Championship against the likes of Ferrari, Lancia and Maserati, the successful 8V was the only 8 cyl. Fiat made. Powered by a alloy V8 producing 124 hp, about 30 lightweight Zagato bodied cars on tube frames were built. This car competed in the 1956 Mille Miglia.
Model by STARLINE 1/43
1952 Allard J2X: By 1951, Allard's were becoming less competitive in the face of newer sports car design. Sydney Allard's answer was the J2X (whose styling steals heavily from the Jaguar C-Type) and this example piloted was by Allard and Jack Fairman at Le Mans in 1952. Powered by a Chrysler V8 Heni engine of 5.4L with ARDUN heads, the car was fast on the long Le Mans straights. Unfortunately, both team cars retired in the 15th hour.
Model by TOP MODEL 1/43

1953 Lancia D20: Driven by Piero Taruffi and his co-driver Gobbetti in the 1953 Mille Miglia, this car failed to finish, but a sister car finished in 3rd place. One of seven competition coupes built the D20 was designed by Pininfarinia and the engine by Vittorio Jano, 3.0L V6, producing 217 hp from the triple carb, DOHC engine. The D20 was raced at Le Mans with a supercharged engine but failed to finish. Later in 1953, the D20 gave way to the lighter D24.
Model by STARLINE 1/43
1953 Lancia D20: Of the four Lancia team cars, this car (Chassis #0003) lasted the longest, making it to the 21st hour before it too retired due to engine failure. Jose Froilan Gonzalez and Clemente Biondetti were classified 29th overall at Le Mans in 1953. These Pininfarina designed cars are very reminiscent of the Ferrari 340 MM that raced at the same time as the D20, the D20 is a classic in its own right..
Model by STARLINE 1/43
1953 Lancia D20: For Le Mans in 1953 Scuderia Lancia brought four cars. Jano had redesigned the engine, to reduce displacement from 3.0L to 2.7L and put a Roots supercharger on the V6 units. This increased the power to 240 bhp, for a top speed of 135 mph. Still off pace for the class. Robert Manzon and Louis Chiron drove this car (Chassis #0005), but engine failure on the Mulsanne straight just before 10 am on Sunday morning ended their race.
Model by STARLINE 1/43
1953 Lancia D24: In the first race for the new D24, Juan Manuel Fangio and Felice Bonetto drove this car (#0002) at the Nurburgring 1000 Km. in 1953. They retired due to a broken fuel pump, the other Scuderia Lancia D24 failing to finish because of electrical issues. Bonetto would be killed in this car later in the year while contesting the Carrera Panamericana, which Fangio won. Despite some of the top names in racing, reliability issues plagued the D24 and wins were sparse.
Model by TOP MODEL 1/43

1953 Lancia D24: Juan Manuel Fangio and Gino Bronzoni drove to first place in the 1953 Carrera Panamericana in one of the five Lancia entries (#0004)that year. Lancia's would occupy the top three spots that year. The Fangio/Bronzoni entry covered the 1911 miles, over 8 stages, in a time of 18 hours, 11 minutes. The Carrera was the 7th round of the World Sports car Championship, which included all of the great endurance races.
Model by TOP MODEL 1/43
1953 Lancia D24: Alberto Ascari won the 1954 Mille Miglia in this car (#0006), covering the 1000 miles in 11 hours, 26 minutes, at an average speed of 87 mph. Powered by a 3.3 liter DOHC V6 producing 260 hp, D-24's scored a series of victories including a win at the Targa Florio with Piero Taruffi and 2nd at Sebring and the Dundrod Tourist Trophy. However, the sports car program was abandoned in favor of the D50 and Grand Prix racing, which almost bankrupt the company.
Model by BRUMM 1/43
1953 Renault 4CV Type R: An Alpine prepared 4CV driven by Gamot & Megitt in the 1953 Tour of Belgium (Alpine Rally?) Not many details known about the drivers of this 747cc car. I have a soft spot for these diminutive French cars, my family having owned one in the late 50's.
Model by ELGIOR 1/43
1954 Frazer Nash Sebring: Named in honor of Frazer Nash's 1952 win at Sebring, Frazer Nash produced the envelope body Sebring model from 1954-57. Sebrings were powered by a Bristol 2.0L stratight-six engine, which produces 140 bhp. Richard "Dickie" Stoop and Peter Jopp driving the Automobiles Frazer Nash Ltd. entry at Le Mans in 1957, classified 23rd, but did not finish due to an oil leak in the 24th hour. This car was raced at Le Mans three times.
Model by BIZARRE 1/43

1954 Panhard X88: Rene Cotton and Andre Beaulieux drove the new aerodynamic X88 built by Monopole for Panhard. With its small 750 cc four cylinder Panhard engine, this entry was one of three the French manufacturer entered in its attempt to compete for the Index of Performance. Finishing 16th, they were fourth in class. In the later part of 1954, this car set a record for its class by being driven at an average speed of over 200 kph (125 mph) for an hour.
Model by BIZARRE 1/43
1954 Bristol 450: The 450 was built by the Bristol Aeroplane Company and constructed specifically to contest the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race, at which they won both their class and the team prize in both 1954 and 1955. This car driven by Tommy Wisdom and Jack Fairman, finished 8th overall at Le Mans in 1954. A Bristol 2.0L straight-six producing 155 bhp took the car to a top speed of 140 mph. Wind tunnel designed, but far from pretty.
Model by BIZARRE 1/43
1955 Triumph TR2: At Le Mans in 1955, this TR2 finished in 15th place overall just behind its sister car, with a third Triumph team car in 19th. This car was driven by Ken Richardson and Bert Hadley to a 6th in class finish. Basically a stock production car powered by Triumph's 90 bhp 2.0L four-cylinder engine, it was capable of over 100 mph at a time when that was a significant achievement for a production car.
Model by UNIVERSAL 1/43
1956 Ford Anglia 100E: The 100E is an unlikely race car candidate, but Ed Glaister races this car with great success in England. It is a front runner in the class for pre-1960 touring cars. We used to have one the same color as this car when I was younger and I do recall it being a fun car to drive. Had to have it for the collection. Using Ford's 1172 cc side-valve four, it was barely able to make 55 mph. I reckon Ed's car betters that and then some!
Model by CORGI 1/43

1956 OSCA 1500 TN: The Maserati brothers OSCA firm began in 1947 building light yet fast sports cars primarily for racing. The cars carried a variety of Fiat based engine sizes, with the most popular being the 1.0L cars. In 1955, they began building ten special cars that would carry a 1.5L engine and the twin-spark 4 cly. engine produce 118 hp. The cars were fast in the early stages of the race, but could not maintain the pace as they headed up to the mountain passes. For Luigi Villoresi who drove this car solo in the rain soaked1956 Mille, his engine expired during the sixth hour of the race trying to match the pace of the Ferrari's who finished the race in the top four places.
Model by STARLINE 1/43
1957 Chevrolet Corvette SS: John Fitch drove the Corvette SS at Sebring in 1957 in its only race, retiring after 23 laps. The SS was created by a team of Chevrolet engineers led by Zora Arkus-Duntov. They created this ultra-lightweight (1850 lbs) magnesium bodied racecar which enveloped a tubular steel space frame and was powered by a 4.6L V8 (307 bhp) capable of 183 mph. Created with Le Mans in mind, shortly after Sebring, the ban on factory-sponsored racing efforts by the Detroit manufacturers ended the SS project.
Model by AUTOART 1/43
1958 AC Ace LM Bristol: Chassis LM5000 is a unique AC Ace, entered by AC Cars for Le Mans in 1958. The car was designed by John Tojeiro, powered by a special 2.0L Bristol engine, the car was light and aerodynamic. Peter Bolton and Richard Stoop drove the car to 8th place overall, 2nd in class. A "standard" AC Ace Bristol finished 9th overall, indicating they were every bit as worthy as the special. A beautiful car!
Model by PINKO 1/43
1958 Scarab Mk 1: An American designed, built and powered sports-racer, he Scarab convincingly won the first of many races at Santa Barbara, with owner Lance Reventhlow at the wheel. The Scarabs are built on a space frame chassis, powered by a 301 cu. in Chevrolet V8 and Corvette transmission. Scarabs were built in N. Hollywood, Ca at the shop of Warren Olsen for Reventhlow's company. A total of four were built.
Model by SPARK 1/43

1955 MG EX 182 : Ken Miles and Johnny Lockett drove one of the three alloy bodied EX 182 entires by MG Cars entry at Le Mans in 1955. They finished 12th overall and 5th in class, ahead of the other finishing MG in 17th place. The EX 182 shape was based on the EX 172 from Le Mans in 1951 and the EX 182 cars were prepared by a revived MG Competiton Department. It was the racing prototype of what came to be known as the MGA. It was MG's last entry at Le Mans, the later entries being fielded by BMC or private teams.
Model by BIZARRE 1/43
1959 MGA Twin Cam: Ted Lund and Colin Escott drove at 1959 Le Mans and retired in 21st hour with gearbox problems, placing 17th overall and 3rd in class. Powered by a 1.6-liter engine with 80 hp and though cylinder size was unchanged from the ohv unit, the Twin Cam had its own alloy head with hemispherical combustion chambers and a high-for-the-day 9.9:1 compression ratio. These and assorted other tweaks added 28 hp, boosting top speed to at least 110 mph.
Model by BIZARRE 1/43
1959 MGA Twin Cam: The story of how the 1959 Le Mans entry came to be is an interesting one and is recounted in the book "Pay-it-Yourself". The book recounts the efforts of the North-West Centre of the MG Car Club to sponsor and run MG's at Le Mans in 1959, 1960 & 1961. This is a fanciful diorama, the team did not have major support from BMC and the cra was actually delivred via flatbed truck. Hitting a large dog on the circuit at over 100 mph ended the MG's race!


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