Talk of the town
We explored the virtues of Ferrari’s early 348 and F355 Challenge cars at the inaugural Challenge & GT Days back in May. It’s hardly surprising that interest has been rising – they’re low-production, street-legal, analogue racers from the greatest marque on earth. This 348 Challenge raced in the 1993 and ’94 European Ferrari Challenge series by the French concessionaire Charles Pozzi.
2.0L cup calling?
The newly established 2.0L Cup for 2-litre short-wheelbase Porsche 911s built before 1966 proved to be one of the resounding success stories of this year’s historic motorsport season. This FIA-spec 1966 Porsche 911 has been expertly developed over the last three years by Historika, the renowned marque specialist which actually co-founded the aforementioned 2.0L Cup. In the right hands, this would undoubtedly be a seriously competitive car in what has proved to be an ultra-competitive series.
Prince in Persian Blue
Low-slung, potent, razor-sharp, and so light you’ll need to leave a paperweight on it in case it blows away in the wind, the Lotus Exige is probably the quickest point-to-point sports car you’re going to experience on Britain’s crumbling roads. This well-specified ‘Persian Blue’ Exige S from 2006 shows just 19k miles on the clock and looks to be in fantastic condition. Colin ‘Simplify, then add lightness’ Chapman would almost certainly approve
Oh, so 1990s
Boasting a sporty yet understated body so characteristic of the decade in which it was built, the Audi S2 is one of those cars that people will one day look back on and think rather fondly. This V6-powered Audi S2 from 1995 has, remarkably, had just one owner from new, who’s travelled close to 180,000 miles with it. Perhaps more importantly, it’s spent its entire life in Spain and is thus devoid of any rust.
Brave in blue and orange?
There aren’t many road-going sports cars that can pull off the famous powder-blue and orange Gulf colour scheme, but given that the endurance-racing version of this one-of-100 Aston Martin Vantage GT12 actually competed at Le Mans in the iconic livery, we think it’s entirely appropriate.
Photos: Historika, Goodlife Garage, Straderial, Autosalon Valencia, Sports Classics Geneva