TOP 10 EPIC ROAD RACERS SHAPED BY MOTORSPORT
Competiton based classics are the best of the breed - here's the best of the best.
This could easily have been billed as a battle of the camshafts because – by chance rather than design – all but one of the cars we’ve picked boasts a twin-cam engine. Don’t feel sad for the odd one out though; that compensates by having a turbocharger instead.
Bump sticks aside, each of these cars owes its very existence to the need felt by manufacturers to add a bit of competition gloss to their offerings, be they saloons or even pretty sporty cars in the first place. That’s great for us as they give us something to get excited about; ‘hero’ cars that you can at least aspire to, maybe blag a ride or drive in, and hopefully own one day.
Our selection covers everything from rally homologation specials to a supercar that had its own star-studded race series, via a slice of brave but doomed British ingenuity from the 1950s. There’s something for most budgets too – except tiny ones. But then anything special and built in limited numbers should surely be reassuringly expensive or it would probably lose some of its appeal. The upside of that is that if you do buy one, it’s going to be something special; the kind of car that always easy to sell and may even cover its ownership costs. You can’t ask for much more than that.