Have you ever laid eyes on a more beautiful teardrop racer?
Competing with the likes of the Porsche 356 and other micro-lights was a tough game in the late 1950s. Competitiveness in this era meant this Coventry Climax ran just a shouting 96-horsepower four, with all its weight mid-center ahead of the driver. This played out on track nicely versus the rear-engined Porsches of the era. Totally different but both very pure track setups.
Granted, this little bugger might have had its gullwing doors blown off by a Mercedes-Benz 300 SL racer of the same era, whose big power would breed the AC Cobra and Carroll Shelby's Euro race efforts. The no-brake glide-around-corners race pace this car practiced will be a tactile delight today.
This Arnott-Climax 1100GT has an inspiring backstory and Le Mans pedigree to go with its seductive, elegant race engineering.
This beauty goes to auction with Gooding & Co.'s 2017 Pebble Beach auction on Saturday, August 19th at 6-pm. Look for the link below the gallery to bid and check out the rest of the catalog.