Race Cars

Rally Beast: 1981 Renault R5 Turbo 1

Do you remember the Le Car, from Renault? It was a slow, unreliable little thing, just a nick above the Yugo, fading rapidly from our shores after slow sales here. But it sold over 5 million copies in Europe… more»

540 V8 “Super Nova”: 1967 Chevrolet Chevy II

This 1967 Chevy II is far removed from the day it left the Willow Run assembly line. The VIN decodes this 2-door sedan as having been the base 100 model with an inline-6 inch. But today, it looks to… more»

BF Auction: 1959 Stanguellini Formula Junior

UPDATE – The seller has added more photos and found documents laying out the Stanguellini’s ownership history! Vintage racing machinery was once an ignored segment of the classic car world. However, a dedicated group of enthusiasts now focus on… more»

One Fast Pony! 1971 Ford Pinto Pro Street

You can tell right away that this high-powered pony means business–just look at that pro-stock style hood scoop! Unusually for a car this aggressive, the seller claims that this is a turn-key bracket or street car that needs nothing,… more»

Real Twin Cam Race Car: 1959 MG MGA Twin Cam

Believe it or not, we have a second MG MGA race car to discuss here on Barn Finds.  This one is a rare twin-cam 1959 MG MGA that was outfitted long ago to do battle at Laguna Seca, Watkins,… more»

Former 1960s SCCA Race Car: 1957 MG MGA

It was none other than Junior Johnson who gave the best piece of advice in racing history.  Johnson flatly stated that if you want to make a small fortune in racing you start with a large one.  This was… more»

A Cool Collection of Parts: 1925 Dodge Speedster

The one thing we all need more of is time.  All of us have dreams about taking road trips, restoring or making a hot rod out of that favorite car, and, occasionally, spending time with family.  Yet imagine if… more»

THE Hemi ‘Cuda: 1970 Plymouth ‘Cuda

There was a time not too many years ago when racing machinery typically faced a bleak future. Owners would often dismantle them for any parts that could be used or sold, and the remains would find their way to… more»

BF Auction: 1977 Chevrolet Monza Dragster

The Chevrolet Monza wasn’t exactly the fastest product that Chevy ever built, but thankfully, the engine bay was large enough to fit a small block V8 under the hood. As you can see with the example offered here as… more»

Award-Winning Original?: 1966 Ford Mustang

In only its second full year, more than 607,000 Mustangs were sold by Ford in 1966. And many of them were like this nice example, sporting a 200 cubic inch inline-6 with a 3-speed manual transmission (floor-shifted, of course)…. more»

BF Auction: 2000 Shelby Cobra Continuation Race Car

There was once a time when vintage race cars met an untimely end when their competition days were done. Drivers sought the latest and greatest, and the best their old machinery could hope for was that some parts would… more»

Rare 1970 Plymouth Superbird Project

The Dodge Charger Daytona and Plymouth Superbird were winged muscle cars designed for use in NASCAR. But a certain number of street versions also had to be produced. The Daytona came and went in 1969 and the Superbird the… more»

Wild 440-Powered 1971 Dodge Demon

The Dodge Demon debuted in 1971 as a companion to the compact Plymouth Duster. And, like the fastback Duster, a small-block performance model was offered, the Demon 340. Here we have a Demon 440, not something your Dodge dealer… more»

Baby Bentley: 1937 Austin 7 Nippy Roadster

The Nippy was a 2-seat roadster based on the Austin 7 (or Seven), built in England between 1934/35 and 1937. Production numbers were low, so the quantity of survivors today can’t be large. Due to their low weight and… more»

Holley G-Force One Project: 1987 Pontiac Grand Prix

The Pontiac Grand Prix received a radical change for the 1988 model, featuring an all-new modernized body plus a front-wheel-drive system, replacing the RWD that had pushed the car since its introduction in 1962.  With sales on a steady… more»

Let’s Go Racing, Dutch Style: 1969 DAF 55

We met the DAF a few articles back when we discovered that Michelotti crafted his first beach car – called the Shellette – from a Daffodil. But here is a more purposeful example listed on facebook Marketplace – this… more»

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