Competition cars are among the most valuable in the world at the moment. Cars with racing pedigree are generally more desirable to collectors, therefore, the cars in the Competition Cars category here at Salon Prive 2015 are some of the best in show!
The Bentley Speed Six is one of the iconic British race cars of the pre-war era. It won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1929 and 1930 and immortalised a generation of young racers known as the Bentley Boys. With 200 hp available from the 6½ litre engine, these cars were a force to be reckoned with.
85 chain driven Frazer Nash TT Replica’s were built, this particular example is one of 8 Shelsley cars built on the TT Replica platform.
The Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Plexiglass enjoyed success at the hands of private entrants in events such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Ferrari never managed to pull together a works car, however, private entrants raced the car between 1970 and 1979. Although it isn’t a world beater, the Pexiglass car does have a huge presence.
The Lancia Sport Prototipo Zagato is a very unique car. One of one, it was campaigned in the 1964 Targa Florio by a works team. Unfortunately it failed to finish when it crashed during the race. Due to limited funds it wasn’t campaigned at many events afterwards and entered Lancia’s stores until 1967 when it was sold outside the company.
The Porsche 904 Carrera GTS was born out of Porsche’s ill fated trip into the world of Formula 1. This particular car was one of two Dutch racers campaigned by Ben Pon and the Dutch Racing Team in the 1960’s. It had some success in period when it competed in the 1964 and 1965 European GT Championships achieving 13 class wins and the under two-litre category both years.
The Ferrari 312 PB was the last Ferrari prototype sports car produced in the 70’s before Ferrari walked away from sports car racing to focus on Formula 1. Ferrari won all World Sportscar Championship races in 1972 with the 312 PB. They chose not to contest 24 Hours of Le Mans with the car as, underneath, it was essentially a Formula 1 car and had not been tested for endurance.
The Austin Healey 100s is one of the most desirable British sports cars of its period. 50 examples were built following early prototypes which ran during the 1955 Sebring 12 Hours with Stirling Moss and Lance Macklin at the wheel. It managed 6th place and went on to campaign in the 1955 24 Hours of Le Mans, 1955 Carrera Panamericana, 1955 Nassau Speed Weeks and Mille Miglia.
Porsche have an enviable racing history, not least with the Porsche 911. 55 customer Porsche 911 2.8 RSR’s were built in 1973 for privateer racing teams. With its ducktail spoiler, flared wheel arches and a classic flat six engine, the RSR is the quintessential racing Porsche. It was aimed at the FIA’s Group 4 series and was extremely successful.
The final racer in the group is the Porsche 550A. The Porsche 550A is the car that really established Porsche as a force to be reckoned with on the competition stage. It scored a surprise victory in the Targo Florio just 11 days after its introduction. The Porsche 550A’s low weight and high revving low displacement engine was the key to its success.