Race Cars

Mean Green Racer? 1972 Datsun 510

The Datsun 510 was the U.S. designation for the Datsun (aka Nissan) Bluebird that found its way to the U.S. shores in 1968. It was a subcompact sedan (also wagon) that was fielded through 1973. It did have success… more»

Incredible Performance! 1964 Cheetah

I wasn’t expecting to find this absolutely gorgeous and rare performance car when I started writing my first Barn Finds post in a long time (missed y’all)! The original constructor is still the owner of this Cheetah, which is… more»

Package Deal: 1955 Oldsmobile Super 88 Drag Car

Here’s an exciting project pair. Both cars are 1955 Oldsmobiles. One is a non-running Super 88 and was a drag strip car in a former life. The other is a running, “regular” 88 that might have an interesting future… more»

Race Car for the Road: 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO

Only 272 breathtaking examples of the Ferrari 288 GTO were made over three years, from 1984 to 1986. The fastest road car in existence when it was first produced, the 288 GTO was forced off its perch in 1986,… more»

Built Bargain: 1980 Dodge Aspen R/T

If you are of an age and can recall the year 1980, you’ll remember fourteen percent mortgages, high inflation, all-time high fuel prices, couples with odd and even rationing thanks to the Iranian oil embargo’s lingering effects (that started… more»

Baja Bomber? 1971 Chevrolet Blazer

I’m not sure what to make of this 1971 Chevrolet Blazer. It’s a Mexican barn find and appears to have been prepped for a Baja 500 run. It’s a bit banged up, as one would expect in the case… more»

Title Winning Classic: 1977 Holden Torana A9X Group C

Motorsport history is full of David versus Goliath stories, but none are better personified (autofied?) than by this 1977 Holden Toarana A9X Group C. It was one of two cars used by a privateer racer to defeat the Holden… more»

300-mph Bonneville Salt Racer: 1953 Studebaker

This car is a champion, in more ways than one. It’s a heavily modified 1953 Studebaker Champion and it regularly set records at over 200 mph on the salt flats in Bonneville. Now the heavily patinaed coupe, dripping with… more»

Pair of 1940s Soap Box Derby Cars

Who remembers soap box derby racing? I recall seeing it on 1960s TV shows, but that was about it. It started with a group of kids in the 1930s who cobbled together some miniature race cars out of wood… more»

Huge Collection of True Barn Finds: Take a Browse

An actual barn. Full of barn finds. That’s what’s up for auction in this mega-sale. Three sets of lots total to 230+ cars, with the only proviso being that these cars are in the Netherlands. This tip comes to… more»

One-Off Former Race Car: 1953 Porsche 356 Abarth Borghi

Nevadahalftrack sent us a tip that was no doubt meant to confound the Barn Finds research capabilities. Here at Car & Classic is a 1953 Porsche 356 Abarth Borghi with an asking price of €195,000, located in Belgium, and… more»

Vintage Race Car: 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible

Junior Johnson is frequently cited as the fellow who said that if you want to make a small fortune in racing, start with a large one.  Big-time racing has always been a money thing.  Thanks to the power of… more»

Windsor V8 Power! 1969 Lotus Europa S2

And now for an installment of “When enough is just right, too much is perfect!”. Today’s subject is a highly modified 1969 Lotus Europa that supposedly, at one time, was an actual track car but has since been converted… more»

Le Mans History! 1960 Chevrolet Corvette

When a company founded by a Swiss American with a French name builds a sports car named for a French fast attack ship, it seems inevitable that such a car should race in France. As it happens, this 1960… more»

LeMans History: 1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88/ZL1 Greenwood Race Car

It is a harsh reality that many race cars will meet an inglorious end. Some will give their lives in the field of battle, while others will find new homes when they have served their useful purpose. However, many… more»

Old-School Gasser Style! 1963 Chevrolet Impala

Nostalgic gasser-style drag cars may be making a comeback, but this 1963 Chevrolet Impala in North Judson, Indiana gained its lightweight beam axle front suspension in 1966! The drag-style classic ran a 409 four-speed combination for a while, followed by… more»