Top Five of 2011: Buying Retro Racers
With the 037 having been conceived solely as a means for Lancia to win the World Rally Championship, no-one was particularly surprised when the competition version made its debut just days after FISA had officially granted the car homologation into Group B.
1974 was a good year for the prancing horse with Clay Regazzoni finishing 2nd in the drivers Championship and Scuderia Ferrari also runner up in the Formula 1 Constructor’s Championship.
Nissan GTP cars won four straight championships from ’88-’91. Early in the ’92 season, however, even though a Nissan won the first sprint race in Miami, it became clear that several competitors had seriously narrowed the performance gap.
Jaguar C and D-types dominated Le Mans throughout the early 1950s, winning the 24 hour race in ’51, ’53, ’55 and ’56, and pulling off a complete podium lock-out in 1957. Rule changes ended their winning streak after 1957 and it wasn’t until the early ’80s and the arrival of the IMSA GTP class that a new monster Jag would arrive with factory backing.
There’s something about American racing cars. They may not receive the same praise for sleek, sophisticated, and beautiful design as their European counterparts, but they always hold their own in the looks department. They just look tough.