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, 1970-1979, 1980-Current.

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 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 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 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 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

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
1954 OSCA MT-4: Providence smiled on Briggs Cunningham's team at Sebring in 1954. With drivers Stirling Moss and Bill Lloyd at the wheel, their OSCA outlasted and out distanced the field of sixty cars that started the race in their 1.5L car. The trio of Fangio, Ascari and Taruffi in their Lancia D-24's were expected to win the race. Instead, the torrid pace that was set between the Lancia, Ferrari, Jaguar and Aston Martin entries with the favored big bore cars falling by the wayside as the race wore on. With only 130bhp and a top speed of 120mph, Moss and Lloyd were able to reduce brake wear and consistently lap in the lighter weight OSCA. They finished five laps ahead of the second place Lancia D24 and third pace Austin Healey 100S.
Model by JOLLY MODEL 1/43
1954 OSCA MT-4: Coming off its astonishing win at Sebring, Automobili OSCA entered this car and a sister car at Le Mans in 1954. Powered by OSCA's latest twin-plug 1.5L engine, both cars were leading their class with two hours to go in the race. Then it all came unraveled. The second OSCA was wiped out in an accident at Mulsanne corner. This car driven by Pierre Leygonie and Lance Macklin while in seventh overall and leading the class, Leygonie spun the car into the barrier. He ran back to the pits to get mechanics to help coach him on making the car drivable again, which he did and limped to the pits. Still in 10th and leading their class, Macklin took over and drove the remaining distance; only to be disqualified at the end because his co-driver had "abandoned" the car. Porsche claimed the important class win.
Model by SPARK 1/43

1954 Panhard X88 (1954 Le Mans): 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 (1954 Le Mans): 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 750 Bisilero (1955 Le Mans): Before making steering wheels and other auto accessories Nardi built cars based on Fiat 500 chassis and BMW motorcycle engine power. "Bisilero", or twin-torpedo was the name given to this unusual car Nardi, the former Lancia driver and mechanic, designed for Le Mans in 1955. With the driver and fuel tank in one pod, the engine and transmission in the other, the car borrowed from auto, motorcycle, boat and aero designs. Powered by a BMW 750 cc engine producing 55 hp, the radiator sat in the panel separating the two pods. There was also an air brake in the center. Driven by Roger Crovetto and Mario Damonte, the car only made 5 laps before it crashed in the 3rd hour. It seems as the faster cars started to lap it, a passing Jaguar D-Type's airstream wake "blew" the Nardi off the track and into a ditch, ending its race.
Model by BIZARRE 1/43
1955 Triumph TR2 (1955 Le Mans): 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

1955 Triumph TR2 (1955 Le Mans): Hoping to capitalize on the previous years results of a private TR2, Standard-Triumph entered a full team of three factory supported cars at Le Mans in 1955. All three had stock TR2 2.0L 4-cylinder engines, but the factory had added front disc brakes and increased the size of the carburetors to give it slightly more horsepower. Le Mans was also a test bed for these improvements which would be introduced on the new TR3 model in the fall. This car driven by Ninian Sanderson and Bob Dickson finished 14th overall and 5th in class behind the Bristol 405's and the Frazer Nash Sebring. Sanderson would win Le Mans in 1956 driving the Ecurie Ecosse Jaguar and finish 2nd in 1957, again driving a Ecosse Jaguar.
Model by SPARK 1/43
1955 Triumph TR2 (1955 Le Mans): Ken Richardson and Bert Hadley drove a flawless race at Le Mans in 1955, finishing in 15th position overall behind their Standard-Triumph teammates. The work's TR2's had been very successful in European rallying, along with the Mille Miglia and Ulster TT. Standard acquired Triumph in 1945, but didn't unveil a car bearing the Triumph name until the London Motor Show in 1953. Production of the TR2 began the following year, terminating in autumn 1955, yielding to the TR3. Triumph proved the TR2's ability on the Belgian Jabbeke Highway, where a streamlined version achieved 124 mph. In 1955 Le Mans trim, the TR2 could hit 120 mph on the Mulsanne Straight. The success in Belgium and at Le Mans helped Triumph sell engines to smaller manufacturers like Morgan, Peerless, Swallow and Doretti.
Model by SPARK 1/43
1955 Triumph TR2 (1955 Le Mans): Seventy cars competed for the sixty grid positions at Le Mans in 1955. Originally consigned to be a reserve car, this Triumph works entry was elevated to race status when not all sixty cars arrived at Le Mans. Driven by Leslie Brooke and Mort Morris-Goodall, the car eventually finished in 19th position, but was not classified because it had failed to cover the minimum required distance in the race. Brooke spent a couple of hours digging the car out of the sand trap at Tetra Rouge a delay that cost them 29 laps. Triumph built four Le Mans specification cars. In addition to the three cars at Le Mans, Triumph also built a fourth Le Mans specification car which was the test mule for the team; but was not brought to France.
Model by SPARK 1/43
1955 Triumph Factory Team at Le Mans

1955 MG EX 182 (1955 Le Mans): 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
1955 MG EX 182 (1955 Le Mans): Driven by Dick Jacobs and Joe Flynn at Le Mans in 1955, this was the second of the two cars entered by MG that year and accepted for entry. Like many British cars in its day, the MG was driven in convoy to Dover from Abingdon, then by ferry to France and by road to Le Mans from Calais. The EX182 was powered by a 1.5L 4-cylinder engine which was modified from the standard MGTD unit. A hand built chassis contained the mechanicals and the hand formed body with wooden framework included a full length under tray for better aerodynamics. Jacobs was the first MG away at the start with the other two team cars in pursuit, their instructions to run a moderate, steady pace. In the sixth hour after 27 laps in uncertain circumstances, Jacobs crashed the car at White House corner; the car rolling and catching fire. Jacobs thrown clear of the car had serious injuries however and would spend several months in hospital.
Model by BIZARRE 1/43
1955 MG EX 182 (1955 Le Mans): The first reserve car at Le Mans, the car was put in the race when an Arnolt crashed heavily in the Thursday practice. Driven by Ted Lund and Hans Waeffler, the car finished 17th overall and 5th in class. The two finishing MG's put MG in good position to return to contest for the Biennial Whitworth Cup. Lund collided with one of the Jaguars around 5 am, trying to avoid a abandoned TR2 that was sticking out on the track. The left front wing had to be beaten out, a new headlamp fitted and an attempt to adjust the steering as much as possible due to a tweaked chassis. Lund drove harder and achieved a 119.5 mph top speed on the Mulsanne straight in order to meet the minimum distance needed to qualify for position. After the disasters at Le Mans and the Ulster TT, BMC decided to withdrawn MG as a works team from sportscar racing.
Model by BIZARRE 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 soaked 1956 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 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

1957 Cooper T39 Bobtail: At Le Mans in 1957, British cars claimed eleven of the top fifteen places, making it the best British finish ever at Le Mans. Among the top fifteen was this Cooper T39 Monaco entered by Cooper Cars and driven by Jack Brabham and Ian Raby, finished 15th overall and 3rd in class behind two Lotus 11's. Powered by a mid-engine 1.1L Coventry Climax four-cylinder engine producing 75hp, the 'bobtail' T39 with its tube frame chassis used its lightweight and aerodynamic body to maximize its performance and handling. At Le Mans in 1957, Brabham made his debut on the international stage driving for Cooper in the sole works entry. a string of repairs cost the Cooper entry eight places and the more reliable Lotus 11's took advantage, winning the class and Index of Performance.
Model by BIZARRE 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
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 MGA 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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