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Class H – How fast is fast enough, mid and rear-engined supercars from the disco era

What was shown in the earlier years of Formula 1 with the revolution from the front to the rear-engined design started in the sports cars of the 1960s and 1970s as well.

The first car arguable called supercar by the press was the Lamborghini Miura SV that should change the way people see a sportscar. The low Bertone designed V12 defined the sports car for the years to come. Up to the present day Lamborghini is the more aggressive opponent of Ferrari based on the vision of Ferruccio Lamborghini to compete against the prancing horse. Without the race heritage the former tractor manufacturer had to impress the enthusiasts with a more radical approach to the theme and today the Miura is one of the most iconic cars of its era. The appearance of Lamborghini in the 1970s is also underlined by the colours usually seen on these cars, many of them in bright yellow, light green or orange contrasting the common Italian red. The Miura on display was a final SV version and shown first at the Geneva Motor Show in 1971 and a very rare right hand example and the deserving winner of the class.

Following the Miura was the even more radical design of the Countach. The early LP400 was the purest of the designs before spoilers were added in the later versions. Named after the position of its engine (longitudinale postoriore = longitudinal rearward) the LP400 has become a real collectors car in recent years showing the interest of the market in the 1970s sports cars. This can also be seen by the Porsche 911 2.7 RS with the “ducktail”, the spoiler characteristic for this version of the 911. Just as the Countach the 2.7 RS just hit the Million Dollar at the recent auctions.

But certainly BMW did show one of their own creations as well as the M1 perfectly fits into this category. Although not as exotic as the Countach the M1 became famous as a race version in the pro series when famous racers drove against each other in the single marque race class.

The class was rounded off by the AMX/3 by Bizzarrini.

Class I – two seats against the stopwatch – classic sports racers

The last of the classic car classes was dedicated to race cars of different eras and concepts. Oldest and most exciting car in the class was the Maserati Tipo 60/61 Birdcage nicknamed by is filigree tube frame. The prototype of the Tipo 60 (2451) was later converted to Tipo 61 specification and features an aerodynamic rear as raced by the Camoradi Team in the American racing colours at Le Mans. Several years ago this car returned to the La Mans classic and was chasing the Le Mans winning Aston Martin DBR1 all night around the track. After its last change in ownership the car will be less seen in vintage racing but at demonstration runs and at the concours. Its next appearances will be in Vernasca up the hill and at Bensberg for the German Concours. Certainly one could debate whether race cars like the Birdcage have their place at a concours but considering the Best of Show of last year’s Maserati 450S it follows a strong tradition in Como. The car was awarded best in class and one of the public favourites beside the 166 MM.

Completely different from the Birdcage in its appearance was the second placed McLaren M1-A. Whereas the Maserati tried to succeed due to its refined chassis the McLaren was entered in the CanAm series where the cars had huge engine power. The McLaren was powered by a big bore American V8 and once featured in an Elvis Presley movie. As the car was presented by Austrian Restorer Egon Zweimüller the story was easy to tell due to his haircut similar to Elvis. Zweimüller also took advantage of the huge power output of the McLaren and proved that one could paint black stripes even on a red carpet with a feisty start at the Sunday’s winners’ parade in front of the jury.

Two years after the prototype was shown at the Villa d´Este this year one of the “production” Ferrari 206 S was shown. The small two-litre engined Drogo Spider is very much a smaller version of the famous 330 P3. With just 20 units built the small racer was ideal suited for hill climbs and twisty road at the Targa Florio. Unfortunately the car on show (016) refused to start on Saturday missing the winners’ parade but screamed again on Sunday applauded by the grand stands.

The class was round off by the Lancia Stratos in Alitalia livery as used in the Rally championship.

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Report & images ... Peter & Wolfgang Singhof