Friday, June 30, 2017

Contemporary Sports Cars At the Concours

As is always the case, this year's 40th Cincinnati Concours d'Elegance offered up a brilliant collection of 1960 to 1958 cars in the Contemporary Sports Class. Included was a 1966 Chevrolet Corvette which had been restored as part of the concours. (I've written an article about the shop that did the restoration which will be out in the July issue of Cincinnati Profile:
The same owner showed a 1967 Vette convertible. While the top one sported the famed 427 cubic inch V8, this one was powered by the 300 horse power 327.
A third C2 Corvette was also on hand, this one a 1964 fulie that ran on the same 327 V8. This was one of only 1,325 fuel injected models made that year.
One of only 288 documented factory 1988 turbocharged Porsche 930 S Coupes made was also on display. This beauty runs on a 3.3 liter six cylinder boxer engine that pumps 282 horse power to the real wheels.
A stunning 1968 Mercedes Benz 280 SL was also on the lawn in Ault Park. Famed for its "pagoda" top, this Mercedes runs off of a 2778 cc single overhead cam inline six engine that generates 158 horses.
This 1964 Triumph TR 4 was designed by famed Giovanni Machelotti. It sports a 2.1 liter inline four that only generated 105 horses but that was more than enough for this small, light weight cruiser.
Named Best in Class, this 1966 Jaguar E Type has the famous 4.2 liter dual overhead cam inline six engine. The owner of this car did the mechanical restoration.
This 1963 Alfa Romeo 2600 Spyder is one of only 2255 built during the seven year run of this car. Designed by Touring using their Superleggera (meaning super light) design meant that the 2584 cc dual overhead cam inline six engine was more than enough power.
My personal favorite car in this class is this 1973 Dino 246 GTS. I've written several times about the Dino brand and how it was built around the six cylinder engine (originally 2.0 liter but the one in this car is 2.4) designed by Dino Ferrari. The line of cars is named after Dino but is because his father, Enzo Ferrari, didn't want his name on anything that wasn't powered by a V 12 engine.

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