The Shannons Historic Demonstration at the Australian Grand Prix had an extremely simple premise – take a whole bunch of rare, priceless and desirable racing cars, and let their owners loose in them around the Grand Prix circuit for fifteen minutes each morning. It was a fantastic opportunity to hear cars on full song that you usually only see on static display, or in photos.
Spot the difference – the top is a 275GTB, the bottom a 275GTB Competition. You can see how the Competition has extra vents behind the rear wheels, hidden boot hinges and quick fill fuel filler integrated behind the drivers window. It just looks more like the legendary 250GTO.
A rare opportunity to see three Austin Healy 100S’ together – not bad considering just 50 were built. The 100S – ‘S’ for Sebring – was a special aluminium bodied racing version of the 100/4 BN1. It featured an aluminium head and was the first production car to be fitted with disc brakes all around. It had more power than the normal Healey, and weighed 91kg less.
This car is a very, very good replica of the Jaguar XJ13. The XJ13 was conceived in the mid 60’s as the replacement LeMans racer for the D-Type and featured a mid mounted 5 litre V12 engine. The project never really had full management support, and it was thought that the just released Ford GT40 made the prototype obsolete before it hit the track so the project was cancelled. The only prototype crashed heavily during a promotional activity in 1971, and was completely rebuilt in the mid 70’s. Nobody knows it’s exact value, although it’s rumoured that it’s current owners turned down an $11million offer a few years ago. This replica is exact, down to the most minute details. It’s a very pretty car.
This Australian built Ausca is one of the most finely designed 50’s racing cars I’ve seen. I certainly wouldn’t like to roll one, but I think in this case a roll bar would completely ruin the aesthetic.
Stay tuned for our closer look at the historic Group A/ Group C touring car class, coming soon.
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