April 12th 2012 – Auto of the day – Something different to go racing in
Value: US$250,000 ???
Comment: An awesome SCCA/ IMSA Racer that would be lots of fun, it does have history, will get you invited to lots of events, whats not to like ?
Price: SOLD US$275,000
Comment: A great car for just US$275,000, you wouldn’t want to race it, as you could lose its originality BUT would make a great museum piece. And really US$275,000 is just the first of many MANY bills if you do drive it.
1965 Bobsy SR 3 SN 86
1600 Alfa (Marvin-Beck) with 2 x 45 DCOE Webers and Hewland-Taylor 5 speed.
Has set of Panasport wheels (6-inch and 8-inch x 13), and a set of original cast Bobsy logo wheels. Two nicely upholstered black/red piped seats.
Added 1-inch square tube steel frame inside car and nice roll bar – 6 gallon fuel cell – fire system – EGT gauges – MSD ignition/Centerline electronic distributor – upgraded discs and calipers.
Located in Houston, Texas and maintained by professional race shop. Sitting but mothballed/checked for three years. Current belts, etc. Ready to race.
Won SVRA, HSR, CVAR enduro, ran the Wine Country, ran at Watkins Glen Alfa reunion, and has SCCA and Runoffs documents from 1960s (Maybe 2nd or 3rd as CSR in Runoffs one year).
Have large file of history and restoration in 1998-1999. Mong factory-built car originally with 1500 Ford engine for buyer in Connecticut.
Value: About that
Comment: A cool little Alfa powered racer, SCCA history, would be lots of fun for not much money. Well worth it.
1954 Panhard PMS Panhard, one-off, front-wheel-drive/mid-engine racer, unique in History
This very original racing barchetta is a survivor of the fifties/sixities, a very active and creative period for motor racing. The manufacturer is Paul Ménissier, a racing driver and Citroën dealer, based in the South of France.
This PMS (Paul Menissier Special) was built on a modified Panhard Dyna X coupé chassis, and raced by Paul Ménissier himself, among other events, at the famous Course de Côte du Pin (picture). Power came from an Alfa Romeo twin can engine, then by a Ford.
The most original feature of the car is its mid-engine / front -wheel drive structure, probably unique in History. The car is fitted with an interesting rear suspension including spring coils. The front wheel train receives power from a transmission shaft running through the cockpit. A very unique car.
Ménissier chose the mid-engine configuration for a better balance, whilst retaining the front-wheel drive road-holding qualities of the Dyna-X. The mid-engine technology was really new at that time in 1959-60(Ferrari only moved from front-engine to rear-engine sports cars in 1963…). Matched with the front-wheek drive, the PMS is really revolutionnary.
The first bodywork was designed following advanced aerodynamics conceptions, inspired by racing Porsche spyders. The bodywork was eventually further refined with a longer front part (probably designed to generate more downward force), as well as rear “fins” not far from the contempoorary state-of-the art cars (Stanguellini).
Sold as it is, in original and authentic condition, this racing PMS (for Paul Pénissier Spéciale) is a fascinating automobile, ready for a restoration, that should be relatively easy, affordable, and very exciting.
Our research revealed that this extremely interesting racing car was built by Paul Ménissier, in the South of France in the late 50s, probably in 1958-59.
Originally the car has had a Panhard, then a VW engine. After a while, a more powerful twin-cam Alfa Romeo engine was fitted.
The PMS history file includes a coudment from the French Registration Authorities dated 1959, about the modification of the car, as a “Transformed Panhard X84”.
It was raced in French competitions, including the famous Course de Côte du Pin, in 1962, and later in 1965, where it finished 7th of its class. The car had then more rounded bodywork, reminding of the Porsche Spiders of the fifities.
It was eventually modified, the Alfa engine beeing replaced by a Ford, still in the same amidship position, and still with front-drive wheel system.
It was sold to a collector in the Netherlands, and was more recently bought by Autodrome.
Value: Who would know
Comment: A real one off, never to be repeated, would be cool to turn up and confuse everyone, but really the EURO 38,000 asking price, is almost certainly the smallest of many many bills. BUT what a cool car.
To be auctioned on
195 bhp, 2,418 cc Ferrari 246 Dino DOHC V-6 engine with three twin-choke carburettors, Rover gearbox, independent front suspension, and chain-driven live rear axle.
• Designed by Piero Taruffi and piloted by him to seven official speed records from 1951-52
Piero Taruffi is rightly considered one of the greatest drivers and most innovative engineers of his era. Beginning with motorcycles, his stellar career included “Works” drives for Alfa Romeo, Bugatti, Cisitalia, Ferrari, Maserati and Mercedes-Benz, with victories including the 1951 Carrera Panamericana and the final Mille Miglia. His achievements, including several dozen speed records, have filled volumes of books.
Alternately known as “Italcorsa” and “Tarf II”, this amazing vehicle was designed by Taruffi and followed “Tarf I”, which set six 500 cc and two 1,500 cc speed records. Its radical “bisiluro”, or twin-boom, design was built in 1951 for the 2,000 cc class. Power was by a 1,720 cc Maserati four-cylinder engine with two-stage supercharging developing 290 bhp. A chain drove the rear axle, and steering was via simple control sticks. Adjustable rudders compensated for prevailing winds.
On 20 March 1951, Taruffi drove “Tarf II” to a pair of speed records for the “flying mile” and the “flying kilometre” at 298.507 kph (185.49 mph) and 290.552 km/h (180.55 mph), respectively. On 15 January 1952, Taruffi broke the 50-mile record at 231.744 km/h (144.00 mph). On 3 April 1952, four more records were achieved: 50 km at 226.700 km/h (140.87 mph), 100 km at 224.747 km/h (139.66 mph), 200 km at 219.833 km/h (136.60 mph) and a one-hour record at 217.414 km/h (135.10) mph.
After 1952, “Tarf II” remained within the collection of Dott. Ing. Taruffi, followed by a museum display at Monza. It later made its way to Australia, and then, in 1986, it was acquired without engine by Mr T. Valmorbida of Victoria, for display at the York Motor Museum. It was restored for the Museum by Mike Rodsted, who also fitted the present Ferrari 246 Dino V-6 engine. Demonstration runs followed in March 1987 at the Vintage Sports Car Club’s Speed Classic Event in Fremantle. Between 2002 and 2008, “Tarf II” was displayed at the Fremantle Motor Museum. The car was recommissioned for racing, in anticipation of the 2007 Lake Gardiner Speed Week, and whilst the event was rained out, “Tarf II” has been maintained in running order ever since. Striking and impressively documented in Tarf II: World Land Speed Record Breaker by Graham Cocks, Tarf II is a fascinating and important part of engineering and motorsports history.
Est. EURO 160,000+ (Approx. US$200,000)
Value: It’s a one off so ????
Comment: An amazing car, definitely the only one, apart from the Series 1, and the only one likely to be offered for sale. Would also make a wonderful piece of art. Definitely my AUTO OF THE DAY.