The 1960's were an exciting era in racing! It was an era of inovation! Rear engines and cars with moveable aerodynamic devices which came to be known as wings began to appear. The battle between Ford and Ferrari for dominance at Le Mans, the rise of Porsche and the innovation of Chaparral are all hallmarks of racing during the years between 1965 and 1969. The era up to 1970 was a time of great innovation, big engines, open rules and trying to harness aerodynamics. It was a golden era!

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Racing Sports & GT Cars 1960 to 1969

SPORTS CARS & PROTOTYPES 1960 -1963:

1960 Lotus Elite (MK14): Roger Masson and Claude Laurent drove Masson's entry to a 13th place finish overall and first in class at Le Mans in 1960. The Elite was Colin Chapman's first road design following the production of several sports-racing cars. The Elite was the world’s first production car with unitized fiberglass construction. The weight savings allowed the Elite to achieve sports car performance from a 75 hp, 1216 cc Coventry Climax all-4-cyl. engine. Climax-powered Elites won their class six times at the 24 hour Le Mans race.
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1960 Chevrolet Corvette: Zora Duntov talked Briggs Cunningham into entering three Corvettes at Le Mans in 1960. It was a goal of Cunningham's to win Le Mans with an American built car and by the late 50's, Duntov and Chevrolet had developed the Corvette into a decent road racer. Alfred Momo prepared the cars with GM modified 4.6L fuel-injected V8's. John Fitch and Bob Grossman drove this car, which finished 8th overall and first in class. Engine overheating slowed the Corvette, robbing Briggs of his dream.
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1961 Cooper T57 Monaco MkII: Tom Dickson and Bruce Halford drove this Ecurie Ecosse entry at Le Mans in 1961. Halford lost control and crashed in the rain under the Dunlop Bridge on the 32nd lap. They were in 7th place at the time and moving up the grid. With a 2.5L , four cylinder engine producing 260bhp, the Cooper was a successful part of the Ecosse stable of cars. Jackie Stewart raced the car in 1963 and scored eight consecutive wins, which ultimately earned him a F3 ride with Ken Tyrrell. The rest as they say, is history.
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1962 Shelby-Ford AC Cobra: Bill Krause drove this car in the first race a Cobra was entered, at Riverside, but ultimately retired while in the lead when a wheel came off. From this first race, a revolution in racing had started and a legend born. The Cobra gave notice that once fully sorted, it would be a major force in racing. Powered by a 260 cu in (4.2L) high performance V8, it immediately set a new standard.
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1962 Lotus 19: The Lotus 19 was built from 1960 until 1963 and is a widened version of the successful Formula 1 Lotus 18. It was also known as the Monte Carlo, to honor Stirling Moss for his win (Lotus' first F1 win) there. Dan Gurney enjoyed considerable success at the wheel of this Arciero Brothers Lotus 19-Climax. Gurney won the Daytona Continental 3 Hour in 1962, his engine expired, he coasted and stopped just feet from the finish line with a minute left in the race. Using the starter motor, he crossed the finish line as time expired to win.
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1962 Scarab MkIV: Designed by Troutman and Barnes the Scarab MkIV was the only Scarab with a mid-engine. It started life with a Buick V-8 used in the Scarab F1 car. After testing it on the streets of LA, Lance Reventlow raced it three times before selling the car to John Mecom, Jr in 1963. Mecom installed a Traco built 327 Chevy V8 engine (5.4L) in the car and employed A.J. Foyt to drive. Foyt drove to a win in the Govenor's Cup at Bahamas Speed Week and then in this livery, winning the American Challenge at Daytona in 1964 after an epic dual with Dan Gurney in his Lotus. The car was raced through 1964 with Walt Hansgen and Augie Pabst picking up a couple of minor wins.
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1962 Louts Elite Mk 14: Team Lotus entered this car for David Hobbs and Frank Gardner to drive at Le Mans in 1962. They finished 8th overall and 1st in the GT 1300 class and also shared the prize for winning the Index of Thermal Efficiency. . Their sister car finished 11th. Despite Lotus' reputation for being fragile, these light 1.2L Coventry Climax powered GT cars proved to be very durable. This car was raced again at Le Mans by Team Elite in 1963 and finished 10th and again 1st in class.
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1962 Triumph TR4: Driven to 1st in class and 4th overall on the 1962 Alpine Rally by Mike Sutcliffe and Roy Fidler. Fitted with a 2.2L four-cylinder engines the Triumph team finished 1, 2 and 3 in the under 2.5L class. Sutcliffe and Fidler won a coveted 'Coupe des Alpes" for an unpenalized run during the rally.
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1962 Sunbeam Alpine Le Mans:
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1963 Rover-BRM Turbine: The early part of the jet age saw experimentation with jet turbines in racing cars. Rover created this car to run at Le Mans in 1963. It was created on a BRM F1 car chassis, using a Rover gas turbine engine which was about 2.0L, producing 145 hp, with a top speed of 142 mph. Graham Hill and Ritchie Ginther drove this car to 8th place, but were unclassified due to the turbine. For 1964, the car was converted to a coupe, but did not run due to accident damage on the way to Le Mans. In 1965, Graham Hill and Jackie Stewart drove to 10th place.
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1963 Rover-BRM Turbine: The Rover-BRM gained a new coupe body in 1964, but did not race due to damage on the way to Le Mans. In 1965, Jackie Stewart and Graham Hill drove the car to 10th place after one of the turbine blades were damaged due to sand getting sucked into the intakes. This caused the engine to overheat if pushed too hard. While Stewart was driving, the tip of a turbine blade broke off and created a massive explosion, although the engine kept on running. (Special edition exclusively for Racing Models)
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1963 MGB: BMC entered this MGB for Alan Hutcherson and Paddy Hopkirk to drive at Le Mans in 1963. They finished 12th overall and 1st in class, despite Hutcherson planting the car in the sand at the end of the Mulsane straight on the opening lap and taking 1 1/2 hours to dig it out. Basically a stock MGB fit with an aerodynamic nose, its mildly tuned 1.8L engine with single Weber, it could achieve 130 mph and completed Le Mans with a 92 mph 24 hr. average speed.
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1963 Lotus 23B: The Arciero Brothers employed USAC driver Bobby Unser to campaign their new 23B in select events, the most notable of which was the 1964 Pikes Peak Hillclimb, which Unser won. It was Unser's thirteenth victory at Pike's Peak, more wins there than any other driver. A record which still stands. The 23B was the successor to the Lotus 19 and the Arciero car was powered by a Cosworth 2.0L engine.
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1963 Lola Mk VI GT: Eric Broadley revolutionized race car design with the Mk6 GT. Using an aluminium monocoque chassis and fiberglass body, the GT also used the latest F1 car suspension. Using a 400 hp, 4.2L Ford Fairlane 'Indy' engine, the light car was capable of 180 mph. David Hobbs & Richard Attwood drove the car at Le Mans in 1963, being placed as high as 5th befoere an accident took them out of the race in the 15th hour. Ford was impressed enough to want the car and it was to spawn the GT40.
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1964 Sunbeam Tiger Le Mans: The Rootes Group answer to the AC Cobra was the Tiger and in 1964, they prepared two cars for Le Mans; both with coupe bodies and Kamm tails. The cars were built at Lister Cars and were powered by Ford 4.2L V8 's which were modified by Shelby American. They produced a respectable 275bhp, but could not exceed 145mph during Le Mans tests, much slower than the Cobras and E-Types in their class. A great deal of the problem was that Brian Lister had specified aluminum bodies and the company rejected that and made them of steel; rendering them too heavy. They also had persistent engine problems, which even new competition manager Marcus Chambers (former BMC) couldn't rectify. This car driven by Keith Ballisat and Claude Debois blew an engine after two hours. The sister car soldiered on until 1 am when it too lost its engine. It was the last appearance at Le Mans by Sunbeam.
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THE SHELBY COBRAS

1963 Shelby-Ford AC Cobra: Phil Hill and Dan Gurney drove the Shelby American entry at Sebring in 1963, plagued by mechanical trouble, they finished 29th in this car (Chassis CSX2128). The 4.7L (289 cu. in. powered Cobra was successfully campaigned by Shelby in SCCA and USRRC races during the rest of the 1963, with Dave McDonald doing the driving. It was briefly campaigned by Coventry Motors in 1963, before being entered again by Shelby in the 1964 season, driven by Ken Miles and Ed Leslie.
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1963 Shelby-Ford AC Cobra : This is chassis CSX2142, which was entered by Ed Hugus and co-driven by Peter Jopp in the 1963 24 Hours of Le Mans. It is one of three Cobras originally built for 'Le Mans', recognizable by the low-drag alloy hard-top. The car was disqualified after having to add oil after just 25 laps and later retired due to a blown engine. In the high speed race the roadster's biggest problem was its poor aerodynamics, which limited is top speed considerably.
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1963 Shelby-Ford AC Cobra: This Shelby team car (Chassis CSX2128) was driven by Allen Grant in two races before being sponsored by Coventry Motors, the largest Cobra dealer. Grant drove the car to a 2nd place finish at Riverside, before winning with the car at the Monterey Pacific Grand Prix at Laguna Seca. Grant was given the drive by Shelby when Dave MacDonald started campaining the King Cobra. The actual car color yellow and the paint scheme and design were done by Grant's roommate, George Lucas of Star Wars fame.
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1963 AC Cobra Daytona 'Indy' Coupe: Recent information shows that the two hard-top coupes entered at Le Mans in 1963 by Ed Hugus and AC Cars were developed by those parties and not Shelby. This is the AC entry (Chassis #CSX2131), which was known as the Daytona 'Indy' Coupe for its 289 cu in V8 engine (4.7L), which was fit into the Cobra MkII. Peter Bolton ans Ninian Sanderson drove at Le Mans in 1963, bringing this car home in 7th place and first in class. It was the first non-Ferrari finisher at Le Mans that year.
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1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe: Scuderia Filipinetti entered this Daytona Coupe (Chassis #CSX2602) at Le Mans in 1965, with Peter Sutcliffe and Peter Harper sharing the driving duties. A blown head gasket in the 10th hour ended their race. Before being sold to Filipinetti, this car was run by Shelby American at Daytona and Sebring, and then by Alan Mann at Spa in 1965.
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1964 AC Cobra-Ford Coupe: A.C. Cars decided to convert a roadster to their own version of the Shelby Daytona Coupe. Peter Bolton and Jack Sears drove this 4.7L V8 powered coupe at Le Mans in 1964. They led the Shelby entry early on, even though they were down on power. A burst tire which led to an accident that nearly destroyed the car in the 7th hour. Testing of the car on the M1 motorway prior to Le Mans indicated that it had a top speed of 185 mph.
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1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe: Driven by Bob Johnson and Tom Payne at Le Mans in 1965, this Daytona Coupe (CSX2287) was the first of the coupes built. Besides Le Mans where it failed to finish due to a blown head gasket in 1965, the car was raced at both Daytona (DNF) and Sebring (4th overall, first in class) in 1964. It was also raced at Spa (6th), Le Mans, Reims and Tour de France (all DNF's) in the 1964 season. Repainted in 1965 in the darker blue and wider white stripes, Le Mans was the only event this well raced veteran was used on in 1965. Its now owned by the Simone Museaum in Philadelphia, USA.
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1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe: This Daytona Coupe (CSX2299) may have been the most successful of the six coupes built, based on the number of class wins won in this car. Bob Johnson, Harold Keck and Jo Schlessor won their class at Daytona 2000 km in 1965 and finished 2nd overall to start the 1965 season. After Daytona, the car was used in class wins at Sebring, Tourist Trophy and Le Mans, repeating its class win and 4th overall finish at Le Mans in 1964.
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1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe: Each of the six Daytona Coupes built was uniquely different,none more so than the first one. It was the only Daytona wholly constructed at Shelby American and not by Carrozzeria Gransport in Italy. This is the prototype (CSX2287) and it has several key differences from the others, such as no rear spolier, smaller headlights, a curved roof, etc. It was driven to the GT class win at Sebring in 1964 by Bob Holbert and Dave McDonald.
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1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe: There were six Daytona Coupe's built specifically to win the FIA World Championship, which was run for GT cars. Dan Gurney and Bob Bondurant were 4th OA/1st Class in this car (CSX2299) at Le Mans in '64. With a 289 cu in producing 390 hp, 289 ci, the Daytona took on the Ferrari GTO but narrowly lost the championship to Ferrari in '64.
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1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe: The Ford powered Daytona Coupe driven by Gurney and Bondurant at Le Mans in 1964, finished 4th behind three Ferrari prototypes and helpe galvanize Ford's resolve to beat Ferrari at Le Mans. They did finish first in the GT class however, ahead of the highest placing Ferrari 250 GTO.
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1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe: Bob Bondurant and Jochen Neerpasch drove to 1st place at the 1965 Nurburgring 1000 km in this car (CSX2601). Shelby would go on to win the World Championship in 1965 with the Daytona's. Daytona's had won their class at Le Mans in 1964 & 65 among their many important victories, achieving what they had been intended to do.
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1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe: For Le Mans in 1965, five Daytona Coupes were brought to the race under Alan Mann's direction, to solidify the hold on the World GT Championship title by Ford and Shelby. Among the Daytonas prepared for Le Mans was this car (Ch. CSX 2287) the first Daytona Coupe built and the most raced of all the Coupes. Driven by Tom Payne and Bob Johnson, they ultimately retired due to a faulty head gasket. It was the last race for CSX 2287, but it was used later in the year to set 23 FIA international speed records with Craig Breedlove and Bobby Tatroe behind the wheel.
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1965 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe: Sebring in 1965 was infamous for the rain squall which over a two hour period, flooded most of the track and pits; making it look more like a speed boat race. The Daytona Coupes filled so full of water, the mechanics had to punch drain holes in the floor. As the track drained, the faster cars were able to get back to top speeds. This Coupe (Ch.# CSX 2299) driven by Jo Schlesser and Bob Bondurant easily won the GT class and finished 4th overall in a very tightly contested field of cars from Chaparral, Ferrari and Ford.
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1965 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe: Bob Bondurant and Allen Grant hoped to build on the team's earlier successes at Daytona and Sebring in 1965. Paired together in this Coupe (Ch. # CSX 2601), they took the fight for the 1965 World GT Championship to Monza for the 1000km race there. Bondurant qualified on pole, with teammates John Whitmore and Jack Sears several positions back. The Daytonas were almost as quick as the Ferrari and Ford prototypes, with Bondurant and Grant finishing 8th overall, 1st in class. The second team car finished 2nd in class.
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1965 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe: Alan Mann had taken over the management and preparation of the Shelby cars at Monza for the balance of the 1965 season, beginning at the Monza 1000km, where Bob Bonurant and Allen Grant took a class win and 8th overall. Three weeks later, the team was at Spa-Francorchamps for the Spa 500km race. Two cars were entered with Bondurant and John Whitmore as drivers. This car (Ch. # CSX 2601) was driven by Bondurant and the pair, along with Ferrari 275LM driver Willy Mairesse soon out distanced the field. Whitmore and Bondurant pushed each other hard for the lead, Whitmore setting the race fastest lap in the process. They pushed too hard, Whitmore retired, Bondurant limping on seven cylinders to finish 2nd in GT class and retain the Championship points lead.
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1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe: CSX2287 was the first Daytona Cobra Coupe built and has the purest areodynamic shape of the six coupes built, perfect for speed records. In 1965, Goodyear convinced Shelby to loan one of their cars to run various speed attempts between runs Craig Breedlove was making to set a new LSR of over 600 mph. Rival Firestone wanted Art Arfons to be able to run, but the runs Breedlove made in the Daytona helped set 23 FIA records and kept Arfons off the salt.
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1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe: At the end of the 1965 season rule changes left the Cobras pretty much obsolete for racing. They did find additional success in a Japanese series in 1966 which is where this car (CSX2299) had its last racing glory at the Japanese GP. A career that included class wins at the 1964 Goodwood Tourist Trophy, 1964 Le Mans, 1965 Daytona and 1965 Sebring races.
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1965 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe: Dan Gurney and Jerry Grant drove this Daytona Coupe (CSX2286) at Le Mans in 1965, one of five Shelby Daytona's entered to take on Ferrari in the GT catagories that year. All five cars were prepared for Le Mans by Alan Mann Racing. Two entries were by Sheby American, one by Ford of France, another by AC Cars and the fifth by Scuderia Filipinetti. Gurney in a Shelby entry had a great start and the car was in 5th position when excess engine vibration caused the crankshaft to fail at 2 am and were classified 22nd.
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1965 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe: Bob Bondurant and Jo Schlesser drove this Daytona Coupe (CSX2601)to 5th place overall and 1st in the GT+3.0 class at the Reims 12 Hour race on July 4, 1965. The victory gave Shelby the Worlds Manufacturers Championship. This car was raced extensively in 1965 at Daytona, Sebring and Le Mans, but had its greatest success with Bondurant at Monza, Spa, Nuburgring and Reims with class victories in each of these races.
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COBRAS AT THE TARGA FLORIO 1964

1964 Shelby American FIA Cobra: Shelby American built five FIA specification Cobras and this car (CSX2345) was the last of the five built. The FIA cars were considered the ultimate development of the small block Cobras. Their 289 cu.in (4.7L) V8 was capable of producing 400bhp. Other improvements included all disc brakes and a 37 gal. fuel tank for long distance racing. At the Targa Florio in 1964, Phil Hill and Bob Bondurant drove this car. The Targa consisted of ten laps on the 45 mile Sicilian circuit. While in 4th place on the 9th lap, suspension failure resulted in their withdrawal and a DNF. Bondurant raced this car extensively in 1964, particularly on hill climbs which were part of the World Championship of Makes.
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1964 Shelby American Targa Florio Team
1964 Shelby American FIA Cobra: Masten Gregory and Innes Ireland piloted this Cobra at the Targa Florio in '64, but sadly had an accident as Gregory put the car over an embankment and was a DNF. With the small block Ford engine in the lightweight roadster producing bags of power, trying to wrestle the Cobra with its outdated suspension on the Targa was a formidable task. Ireland commented that the Cobra was "The worst car I ever drove."
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1964 Shelby American FIA Cobra: Dan Gurney and Jerry Grant drove this Cobra to a 8th place finish and 1st in class (GT+ 3.0) finish at the 1964 Targa Florio. This small block Cobra with its 4.7L V8 engine with four Weber carbs that produced 400bhp, Borg Warner 4-speed transmission, IRS and, disc brakes; this was the ultimate development of the FIA Cobras. Since the new Daytona coupes were not suited for the brutal Targa Florio, the rugged Cobra roadster was used instead. Gurney and Grant's effort was important for Shelby to keep in the hunt for the The GT Manufacturers Championship which was ultimately won by Ferrari in 1964, with Shelby Cobra second.,
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1963 Shelby King Cobra: Having no time or resources of his own, Carroll Shelby thought a Ford V8 stuffed into the small sports racer would make a great car to contest the new USRRC championship. Shelby American bought two Cooper Monaco T61M cars, strengthened the space frame chassis to take the Ford 4.7L (289 cu in) V8, which produced 390 bhp and made the 1,400 pound car pretty quick. Dave McDonald set a lap record in the cars first test at Riverside, which showed its potential, backed by some wins and pole positions by McDonald and teammate Al Hoblert. Shelby had ne Ciooper chassis for 1964 aand this car driven by McDonald won at Pacific Raceways in Kent, WA after an epic battle with Jim Hall in the Chaparral. It was McDonald's last race as he was sadly killed later that month at Indy.
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1964 Lotus/Porsche 23: George Follmer ordered a Lotus 23 without engine, which he didn’t need since he planned to put a Porsche 500 engine in. The modification was successful but he and co-creator Bruce Burness believed for 1965 the new Porsche 904 2.0L 4-cam engine would make the car more competitive against the larger bore competition like the Chaparrals. Lola's, Elva, Cobras, etc. Follmer took it to the competition in the 1965 USRRC. Running in the Sports 2.0 class, Follmer won 6 of 9 races and took the USRRC Drivers Championship that year. This is how the car looked when it took 3rd at the Road America 500, Follmer driving with Earl Jones. The cars great reliability allowing it to last the distance of that race clinched Follmer's championship.
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1964 Lotus 19B: Near the end of 1963, Pacesetter Homes Racing had Lotus build a 19 for their team, but to take a Ford V8 instead of the usual smaller bore Climax engine. It was the only one of the eleven Lotus 19's built in this configuration and was given the model designation 19B. Dan Gurney was enlisted to drive the 5.0L engined car which produced 360 bhp, due to his success at driving a 19 for the Arciero Brothers. At the time, it was the fastest sports car in the world, but its weakness was the Colotti transaxle, which caused multiple failures. At the Times GP at Riverside in 1964, Gurney took pole position. , but subsequently retired with suspension failure. Gurney had modest success in the 19B, but by the 1965 season it was obsolete.
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CHEVY POWER!

1963 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport: Chevy answered the Cobra with this car. In 1962 Corvette chief engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov initiated a program to produce a lightweight version to battle the Cobra based on a prototype that mirrored the new 1963 Corvette, only five cars were built, with a 377 cu in. engine, producing 550 hp. This car was raced by Roger Penske, placing 3rd in the Governor's Trophy at Nassau
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1963 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport: Roger Penske, Jim Hall and Hap Sharp drove this car to 3rd place at the Road America 500 in 1964. Originally they planned to enter a Chaparral 2, but not being ready, entered Penske's Grand Sport (Chassis #005) instead. It was an exciting race with the Meacom Ferrari 250 LM and Cobra of Ken Miles providing stiff competition.
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1964 Chevrolet Corvette: While the factory did not field a racing team, support for racing customers was available. This car is representative of the many BP class cars that ran in SCCA races in the USA battling Cobras and E-Types. With the fuel injected L84 V8 engine of 327 cu. in. (5.4L), produced 375 hp in stock trim and over 400 hp with racing modifications. Disc brakes for Corvette racers was a year away.
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1964 Cheetah GT Cro-Sal Special: The Cheetah was GM's answer to the Cobra and GM offered covert support to the cars designer and builders Bill Thomas and Don Edmunds. Powered by a Chevrolet 5.4L V8 (327) engine which sat back far enough in the chassis it was almost a mid-engine car. This car was the third Cheetah made and the first with a fiberglass body. It was purchased and driven by Ralph Sayler and was called the Cro-Sal Special after Sayler and mechanic Gene Crowe. It was the most successful Cheetah, having won 11 events in 1964. Its first was the American Challenge Cup, where it finished 13th. In that race, Dan Gurney set pole and fastest lap in his Lotus 19B and AJ Foyt won in a Scarab. To alleviate the heat caused by the engine, the top was cut off the car after Daytona, making it the only Cheetah roadster.
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SPORTS CARS AND PROTOTYPES 1964 -1969

1964 Lotus 30 S1: The Lotus 30 was Colin Chapman's first and only attempt at a Group 7/Can Am car. Powered by a 4.7L Ford V8 as used in the GT40. The car was fast when it held together, but was prone to chassis and suspension failure. Jim Clark bravely helped develop the 30 and did manage wins at Mallory Park and Goodwood in the 1964 & 1965 seasons respectively.
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1965 Lotus Elan 26R BRM: In 1964, seeing the success that private owners were having with modified Elan's, Lotus introduced the 26R which incorporated the steering and brake modifications, plus a modified 1.6L twin-cam with Cosworth block and BRM heads, producing 175 bhp. These lightweight cars dominated their class and could outpace larger bore competition. In BRM colors, this car was campaigned by Graham Hill.
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1964 McLaren Elva M1A: Besides being a talented driver, Bruce McLaren was also a talented engineer. In late 1964, he produced his first rear engined sports racer the M1A or Mark 1, using the all-aluminum Oldsmobile V8 engine. The engine was built by Traco and was enlarged from 3.5L to 4.5L, with four Weber Carburettors, producing 310 hp. Driven at Mosport in its first race, it was proven to be fast, finishing 3rd. The rest of the 1964 season was spent sorting the car out, but in 1965, McLaren had several wins in the car. This is how the car appeared at the LA Times GP 200 mile race at Riverside in 1964, where it was the fastest qualifier.
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1965 Lotus 40: Putting an American V8 in a Bvritish chassis was not a new idea when the idea for the Lotus 30 was conceived. Cooper, Lister, Lola, & AC among others had done so with success, so why not Lotus? The Lotus 40 was a continuation of the Lotus 30, with a stronger chassis to accommodate a larger V8 engine. Using a Ford 5.7L, fuel injected engine producing 450 bhp, the big Lotus looked promising but could never quite deliver despite Jim Clark and Ritchie Ginthers' best efforts. Clark drove this car at the Guard Trophy at Brands Hatch in 1965, but Dnf due to a spin and subsequent damage.
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1964 MGB: Donald and Erle Morley finished first in the GT Class and won the Grand Touring award by beating all the other sports cars on the 1964 Monte Carlo Rally in this car. The Morely brothers were accomplished rally drivers for Jaguar and BMC in Austin Healeys, MG and Austin Mini's. Using a BMC Competition Dept. tuned 1.8L 4-cylinder engine, suspension and brakes, the MGB was able to beat faster competition due to hits durability and lightweight.
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MG's at Le Mans 1963-1965
1964 MGB: Paddy Hopkirk and Andrew Hedges teamed up again to drive the BMC entry at Le Mans in 1964. They finished 19th overall and 7th in the GT 2.0 class in this B (Ch.# ADO 23/986). While they averaged 99.9 mph, they finished 35 laps down to the Porsche that won their class. They would have a better run at Le Mans the following year. This B was run once more under the BMC banner at the Tour de France later in '64 with Hedges and John Sprinzel, DNF due to an accident.
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1965 MGB: Paddy Hopkirk and Andrew Hedges paired up to race the BMC MGB entry at Le Mans in 1965, just as they had the year prior. They finished 11th overall and 2nd in class, an improvement over the previous year's result, averaging slightly over 98 mph for the 24 hours. Sadly, this was the last Le Mans entry for MG as a works entry. For although it was extremely durable and reliable, the MGB was just was not fast emough for Le Mans any longer and class qualifying had become increasingly difficult.
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1964 Triumph Spitfire: Standard Triumph entered a team of three Spitfires at Le Mans in 1964. This car was driven by Michael Rotschild and Bob Tullius and was classified 52nd at the finish due to an accident in the 3rd hour. The cars were entered in the Prototype class because of their aluminum bodies and alloy haed on the 1.2L engine, among other brake, suspension and transmission upgrades. Despite being handicapped by its small engine displacement, one team car finished 3rd in class. Twenty years later, Tullius would return to Le Mans with his Group 44 team and their Jaguar XJR-5.
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1965 Triumph TR4A IRS: The TR4A was built between 1965 and 1968. Updated with a new chassis, the TR4A had the option of live axle or indpendent rear suspension (IRS). These cars took 1-2-3 in class at Sebring in 1966. Group 44 successfully campaigned one of these cars in the 1966-67 seasons, just failing to win a National SCCA Championship in D Production. It gave way to the TR250 in 1968. We enjoy watching TR4's running in vintage racing today.
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1965 Rover-BRM Turbine: The Rover-BRM gained a new coupe body in 1964, but did not race due to damage on the way to Le Mans. In 1965, Jackie Stewart and Graham Hill drove the car to 10th place after one of the turbine blades were damaged due to sand getting sucked into the intakes. This caused the engine to overheat if pushed too hard. While Stewart was driving, the tip of a turbine blade broke off and created a massive explosion, although the engine kept on running. (Special edition exclusively for Racing Models)
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1965 Shelby Mustang GT350R: Claude Dubois entered this GT350 at Le Mans in 1967, with Chris Tuerlinckx as his co-driver. They retired in the 7th hour due to engine problems (piston). The R-Model GT350's were powered by a modified High Performance 289 cu. in. eight-cylinder engine producing 350 hp. GT350's were successful in SCCA B/Production racing classes. This car (Chassis# SFM5R539) was given R specifications along with 35 other Mustangs taken off the production line in 1965-66. It was one of two cars shipped to Europe where Dubois was the Belgian Shelby dealer.
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1965 Ford Mustang: Bob Jane is a superb driver and owner of race cars spanning a long carreer in Australia. Unfortunately, the four time Australian Touring Car Champion, Australian Drivers Champion and multi-winning Bathurst 1000 champion is not give his full due in the northern half of the world. Among his many cars and successes, Jane drove this Mustang to victory at the Bathurst Easter Races in 1966. Jane campaigned the car in the Australian Touring Car Championship, wrecking the car in a spectacular accident at the close of 1965. Luckily, Jane walked away from the accident unharmed.
Model by APEX 1/43
1966 Bizzarrini P538S: Former Alfa Romeo and Ferrari engineer Giotto Bizzarrinni started his his own company to make technologically advanced sports and racing cars. In 1966 he created this ultra low car specifically for racing at Le Mans and two or three were built. This car (#0003) was powered by a 5.3L V8 engine from a Corvette and it was recorded as one of the fastest cars down the Mulsanne straight. Unfortunately for drivers Edgar Berney and Andre Wicky, the car retired with a broken oil pipe in the first half hour of the 1966 Le Mans race.
Model by SPARK 1/43
1966 Ford Lotus-Cortina: Jackie Stewart drove an Alan Mann Racing Lotus-Cortina at Snetterton in 1966, finishing 4th in the saloon car race. The Mann entry was made famous by Sir John Whitmore for his win of Division 2 in the European Touring Car Championship in a Lotus Cortina in 1965. Lotus converted 1,000 Cortina's to Group 2 specification, with the rear suspension drastically altered and lightweight alloy panels were used for doors, bonnet and boot, and of course the 1.6L Lotus twin-cam engine and gear box.
Model by MINICHAMPS 1/43
1966 Ford Lotus-Cortina: Bob Tullius' Group 44 Racing campaigned a Lotus-Cortina in the Trans Am series in 1967. The car was entered in select events primarily on the East Coast USA, in the Under 2.0L division. This is how the car appeared at the Sebring 4-Hour race, where the Lotus was driven by Tony Adamowicz and failed to finish. Powered by a 1.6L Lotus twin-cam four-cylinder engine that produced 140 bhp and had a top speed of over 135 mph in race trim, the Cortina could not best the Porsche 911S' in its class. This model has been modified from stock by Old Irish Racing.
Model by MINICHAMPS 1/43

1965 MGB : This car has the registration number BRX853B, which is the same as one of the BMC works rally cars from 1964. That car also raced at Sebring in 1966 as part of the BMC supported effort in the 2.0L GT class, but did not finish. In 1965, Anita and Trevor Taylor competed in the Brands Hatch 1000, which was a marathon race over a thousand miles around the circuit. They finished in 7th place overall and second in class.
UNIVERSAL 1/43
1966 MGB: This MGB was nicknamed "Old Faithful" since it was seemingly indestructible. Its career included the '66 Targa Florio, Monte Carlo as well as the Marathon, a 84-hour reliability trial at the Nurburgring. Andrew Hedges and Julien Vernaeve covered 5620 miles in route to the overall win. The car raced at Sebring in 1967 finishing 3rd in the GT class, before it was finally retired.
Model by UNIVERSAL 1/43
1967 MGB Mk II: The Willhire 24 Hour was an endurance race for production cars held at Snetterton Motor Racing Circuit in Norfolk, England between 1980 and 1994. Over the years, the race included both sports cars and saloon cars. This 13-year old B raced in the inaugual run in 1980, finishing 16th overall desoite mechanical problems. Driven by Julius Thurgood, Rae and Grahame Davis and John Trevelyan.
CORGI 1/43
1968 MGC GTS: For Sebring in '68 a lightweight, aluminium bodied MGC GT was built with a modified 3.0L six-cylinder producing over 200 bhp. Paddy Hopkirk and Andrew Hedges were enlisted as drivers, finishing 10th overall and 3rd in class. This was to be the last BMC entry at Sebring, but this car ran with the second MGC GTS made, raced at Sebring in 1969 sponsored by the American MG importers, finishing 15th.
PROVENCE MOULAGE 1/43

1967 Hino BRE Samurai: The legendary Peter Brock Base had formed BRE after he left Shelby. One of the first projects at BRE was the development of Hino sedans for racing in the USA. Successful, it caught the attention of the Japanese auto industry and Hino asked Brock to design a prototype race car for the Japanese GP and Le Mans. Powered by a modified 1.3L Hino 4-cyliner engine, the Samarai was hailed worldwide as a design triumph. Race officials at the Japanese GP were less impressedand ruled the car did not have sufficient ground clearance to run. The deal with Hino ended, but led to his involvemnet with Datsun/Nissan and that is another story! Base signed by Peter Brock
Model by EBBRO 1/43
1963-66 Corvette Grand Sport: Grand Sport Chassis #001 started life in 1963 as one of the five Grand Sport Corvettes built. It did not race and was cut down to a roadster in anticipation of Daytona in 1964, under Zora Arkus-Duntov's direction. However, GM put the brakes to any racing and the cars sat until Roger Penske purchased it and installed the 427 Cu.In. (7.0L) lightweight car in 1966. Penske modified the car to keep the nose down at speed and entered the car at Sebring, with Dick Thompson and Dick Guldstrand driving. With Thompson at the wheel, he hit a Morgan on lap 65, went off course and badly bent the frame; retiring the car from its only race.
Model by TSM Models 1/43
1967 Corvette Stingray L88: Using a basically stock 7.0L "427" big-block V8, the red, white and blue Corvette was loud and proved to be a big hit with the Paris crowds. Especially since it had been driven from Paris to Le Mans by its drivers Bob Bondurant and Dick Guldstrand; attracting bigger crowds as they got closer to Le Mans! Entered by Dana Chevrolet, the Corvette was good for 170 mph on the Mulsanne Straight and led its class until a wrist pin broke and the engine failed. Chevrolet was not to get a repeat win of Daytona and Sebring and its Le Mans story lost in the big sweep by Ford and the Mk IV's.
Model by SPARK 1/43
1967 Shelby Ford Mustang: Jerry Titus was the pricipal driver for Carroll Shelby's Terlingua Racing Team, driving this car in the Trans Am Series in 1967 and 1968. Titus won four races in 1967 and brought the Manufacturers Championship in the Trans Am to Ford in 1967. He raced the 4.7L V8 powered Mustang to victory at Sebring, Mid-Ohio, Continental Divide and Crows Landing in 1967, with wins at Daytona and Watkins Glen in 1968. The Shelby team had seven podium finishes in the 1967 and Titus had four with Shelby in 1968 before he moved to racing Pontiac Firebirds. Titus was tragically killed during a Trans Am race in 1970.
Model by SPARK 1/43

1967 Mercury Cougar Trans-Am: Ford won the first-ever Trans-Am manufacturer's trophy with its Mustang in 1966. The Mercury Division of Ford, eager to promote its new Cougar, joined the fray. They hired Bud Moore of NASCAR fame to build cars for Parnelli Jones, Ed Leslie and Dan Gurney to drive in the series, using a modified 4.7L V8. The Mustang and Cougar battled all season ended with Mustang winning the Championship by two points. This is Parnelli Jones car which he drove at the Daytona 4 Hours 4 Hours in 1967 to 3rd place.
VITESSE (modified) 1/43

1967 Mercury Cougar Trans-Am: Dan Gurney drove this Cougar at the Daytona 300 mile race in 1967, where qualified on the pole, but failed to finish due to oil leakage. Gurney drove for Bud Moore in the Cougar again at Sebring 4 Hours (DNF), Green Valley 4 Hours (win) and Kent Trans-Am (3rd).
VITESSE (modified) 1/43
1968 Shelby Ford Mustang: Fifty-years ago, this Ford Mustang won the Trans Am class and fourth overall at the Daytona 24-Hours in 1968. Jerry Titus and Ronnie Bucknum drove the Shelby prepared team car and finished behind the three Porsche 907 prtotyps and ahead of the Alfa Romeo 33/3's; a significant achievement for a production based car. Powered by the reliable 4.7L (289 Cu.in.) V8, it would be the last time this trusty engine was run by Ford in the Trans Am. Ford ordered that the 5.0L (302 Cu. In.) V8 be used for the rest of the season. Unfortunately, engine reliability plagued the team the rest of the season. Titus would get so frustrated, he left the team for Pontiac.
Model by SPARK 1/43

1966 Austin Mini Cooper S: John Cooper, owner of the Cooper Car Company saw the potential of the Mini for competition and he was right! Powerful, front-drive cars, Mini's soon dominated international rallying in the mid-60's. This car driven by Timo Mäkinen and Paul Easter finished first but were subsequently disqualified in a controversial decision made to produce a French winner.
IXO 1/43
1967 Austin Mini Cooper S: Driven by Rauno Aaltonen and Henry Liddon, this car finished first in the '68 Monte Carlo rally. Powered by a 1275 cc four-cyl. of 76 bhp, these light cars were able to out perform larger engined rivals. Their durability, handling and speed made the Mini "S" on of the most successful rally cars of all time. From the introduction of the "S" in 1963, they became the star of BMC's competition department, muscling out the bigger Austin Healey 3000.
Model by CORGI 1/43
1967 Austin Mini Cooper S: The Mini Cooper S earned acclaim with Monte Carlo Rally victories in 1964, 1965 and 1967. Minis were initially placed first, second and third in the 1966 rally as well, but were disqualified after a controversial decision by the French judges and the win awarded to Citroen. The disqualification related to the headlamps which the Citroen also had as well. BMC probably received more publicity from the disqualification than they would have gained from a victory
Model by DEL PRADO 1/43
1969 Austin 1800: The 1970 World Cup Rally from London to Mexico City covered approximately 16,000 miles through Europe and S. America. It was the second of four World Cup rallies. This Austin 1800 was driven to 11th place out of 100 entries by Ken Tubman, André Welenski & Rob McAuley. Powered by the 1.8L B-series engine, the 1800 was a favorite for endurance rallies.
Model by VANGUARDS 1/43

1967 Holman/Moody Honker II: The Holman/Moody Honker II, as raced by Mario Andretti in the 1967 Can-Am series. Ford paid for the car and fresh of its Le Mans success, decided to go Can-Am racing. Powered by a 6.1L V8 from the GT40 and Ford wind tunnel designed, the car was competitive but not a success due to a lack of development. The coupe version, the P68 was not anymore successful. Paul Newman was the team manager for the Can-Am effort and used the car in his movie Winning where it was crashed and lay in pieces until restored in the late 90's.
Model by SPARK 1/43
1968 Ford P68: Also known as the Ford F3L, this curvaceous car was built replace the aging GT40. Powered by the Ford Cosworth DFV V8, it had an aluminum monocoque with a rear sub frame much like the Lotus 49 F1 car. The low drag body was designed by Len Bailey. Alan Mann Racing was responsible for development of the cars, but lack of funding by Ford resulted in a lack of development. Frank Gardner and Richard Attwood drove this car during the 1967 season. The cars failed to finish a single race, but Gardner's pole position at Spa showed its potential.
Model by MINICHAMPS 1/43
1968 Ford Escort MkI: While the GT40's were making headlines at Le Mans, another Ford was bringing success to the blue oval. Roger Clark and Jim Porter won the first of three consecutive Circuit of Ireland rallies in 1968. They proved the new Escort with its Lotus made 8-valve twin camshaft head and bigger bore engine of 1.6L was a rally force. The late Clark was a great driver on both rally and race circuits and had great success in Escorts.
Model by VANGUARDS 1/43
1968 Howmet TX: The Howmet TX (Turbine eXperimental) was designed in 1968 by Ray Heppenstall to test the competitive use of a gas turbine engine in Group 6 racing. Howmet provided castings for turbines in the aerospace industry. A 2960 cc Continental gas turbine produced 325 bhp at 57,000 rpm! The car's chassis was built by McKee. The car retired at Le Mans due to an accident driven by Dick Thompson/Ray Heppenstall.
Model by BIZARRE 1/43

1968 Toyota 2000 GT: The 2000 GT was built between 1967 and 1970 in limited numbers and it showed that the Japanese could produce a sports car to rival those of Europe.. To promote the brand in America, Toyota shipped three cars to Shelby American to develop and campaign in SCCA C Production in 1968. The engine was a 2.0L straight-6, with DOHC producing 150 hp.
Model by MMP 1/43
1969 Toyota 7: Developed in conjunction with Yamaha, the car was designed for use in the Japanese Grand Prix under the FIA's Group 7 rules, Yamaha constructed the chassis while the new 5.0 litre V8 engine capable of 600 hp, was built by Toyota. This, Toyota's first purpose built race car, had moderate success racing in Japan. Plans to race in the Can-Am series did not materialize.
Model by EBBRO 1/43
1968 Alpine A210: Bob Wolleck and Christian Ethuin finished 11th overall and 1st in class at Le Mans in 1968. Powered by a fuel-injected Renault R8 Gordini of 1.5L, the 178 hp car was capable of 179 mph, aided by its aerodynamic body, whose dominant feature was the long tail with the two side fins.
Model by TOP MODEL 1/43
1969 Alpine A220: Jean Vinatier and André de Cortanze drove this Alpine entry at Le Mans in 1969. A broken oil pipe took them out of the race at the halfway point. The A220 was powered by a Renault Gordini 3.0L V8 producing 310 bhp and could propel this light tube space frame cars to 205 mph. The Alpine A220 was a serious Le Mans contender, but it never fulfilled its promise.
Model by TOP MODEL 1/43

1968 Chevrolet/Penske Camaro Z-28: Roger Penske built this Camaro for the 1968 SCCA Trans Am series and with driver Mark Donohue, dominated the series! Team Penske won 10 of 13 races to take the Championship, a feat they repeated the next year. The 302 cu.in. V8 produces 440 hp. The Camaro continues racing today in Historic Trans Am races.
Model by SPARK 1/43
1969 Ford Boss 302 Trans Am Mustang: Dan Gurney drove one race for Shelby Raccing in the 1969 Trans-Am and that was at Laguna Seca. Gurney finished 3rd behind the Penske Camaro's of Mark Donohue and Ed Leslie. He was teamed with Peter Revson who finished 4th. For the 1969 Trans-Am season, Ford's Kar Kraft helped both the Shelby and Bud Moore teams take on the Camaro's with substantially modified Mustangs, which had little in common with the street version. Ford was not able to best Chevrolet in 1969, with Camaro taking 8 series wins to the Mustang's 4.
Model by SPARK 1/43
1969 Ford Boss 302 Trans Am Mustang: Bud Moore prepared two of the four Ford backed entries in the 1969 Trans Am and Moore was instrumental in most of the development, including the engines. The Trans Am changed the requirement to have co-drivers in 1969 and Parnelli Jones and George Follmer drove the two Moore entries that season. Jones won two races and Follmer one in a season dominated by the Penske Team's Camaro. The 5.0L V8 powered car of Parnelli Jones is pictured here. The engine used a 351 Cleveland cylinder head on a Windsor 302 block and produced 470 bhp. The 1970 season saw the Moore Mustangs further developed with Jones and Follmer practically untouchable!
Model by SPARK 1/43
1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28: The success from the prior Trans Am season carried over into the 1969 season for Team Penske, as they put all their learned knowledge over the past two seasons in this car Mark Donohue won six of the twelve races in the series, helping Chevrolet win the Manufacturers Title. This was the last Camaro raced by Penske, as they switched to AMC Javelins in 1970.
Model by SPARK 1/43

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