Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Sports Contemporary Cars at Keeneland

The Sport Contemporary class at the Keeneland Concours d'Elegance featured brilliant sports cars manufactured from the mid 1960s through the end of the last century. The first car I saw was a fairly rare 968 Lamborghini Islero which featured a 4.0 L 370 horse power V12 engine.
Also gleaming in the sun was a 1969 Mercedes Benz 280 SL which features the unique "pagoda" removable top and it's condition allowed to to star in a Mercedes Super Bowl ad, a 1974 Porsche 914 which has every option available that year except for a heated rear window, a 1965 Jaguar E-Type which was one of only eight in this color that year and was used in promotions for the first two years of its life, a 1965 Morgan Plus 4 Plus which was the firm's attempt to modernize their look with a closed body, a more modern 1999 Pontiac Trans Am WS6 which has twice won the Trans Am Nationals original class award as well as the group's Best of the Best, a 1961 Volkswagen Type 1 Sedan which has won an AACA Senior Grand National trophy, a 1972 BMW 2002 Tii which for its early life was used for autocross, hill climbs and rallies in addition to being a daily driver, and a very rare 1974 DeTomaso Longchamp which is considered perhaps the best known unrestored example of this automobile.

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