This car defies logic. On one hand, it looks adorable and cute. So narrow and low, with the blue bodywork peeled back around the exhaust manifold and the straight-cut pipes.
Watch the below… The Gordini starts to howl at about the half-way mark of this video preview. Kudos to its bold driver, who is not shy with the loud pedal.
Firing up the 24S takes a prod onto an organ-stop switch – included as the fuel cutoff for racing.
This very car won the Tour de France (a car race at the time…) and also traded paint with Porsche and Mercedes-Benz in the Carrera Panamericana, around Le Mans itself, and numerous others.
This is true pedigree: a racing Gordini in flawless, presentation-condition. No pre-sale estimate is available yet, but the charming story of this 24S and its beautiful French Racing Blue color should ensure a seven-digit sale price.
For the 60-year-old racecar to be so eager, so soulful, and clearly very fast around its old favorite tracks — is a magnificent and important piece of racing history.
The one-of-a-kind 1953 Gordini 24S will be sold by RM Auctions in Paris on February 5th, 2014.
Images courtesy of RM Auctions
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