Oddities, Eccentricities, and Aberrations – May 2017 Edition

We’ve got the need for speed this month, so we’re doing a special Race Car edition of the Oddities roundup and right off the bat we’ve got something pretty special: the only Panoz DeltaWing ever made available for public sale. As far as weird race cars go, this one is right up there as one of the weirdest of weird, but how cool would you look showing up to the next track day in a DeltaWing?! It’s chassis #001 and has a substantial racing history in the P1 class of ALMS and P2 class of IMSA. The DeltaWing, along with spares and even track support, can be all yours for just $375,000 directly from DeltaWing Racing.

Oh, the things you’ll find on Craigslist… This is a legit 1985 MG Metro 6R4 rally car built for the infamous Group B era of racing. According to the seller, this car was originally purchased by an Arab sheik who rarely used it before it was purchased by aGroup B rally enthusiast in Portland, OR in 1987. This car is allegedly all original and ready to drive. Although it’s probably not street legal, it’d surely be a riot at the local rally and autocross events. The iconic Rothmans livery looks great too!

As far as race cars that we’d personally want to own, it’s hard to look past this gorgeous ’71 911. Although it didn’t start out its life as a factory 911 RSR, it’s a pretty faithful recreation of the “Mary Stuart” RSRs that raced at Le Mans and the Targa Florio in 1973. This car packs a 2.7-liter RS-spec flat-6 under the flared and wings bodywork which likely provides more than average propulsion for the sub-2,000 lb car. It looks like an absolute blast to drive!

This is another one that we’d love to get behind the wheel of: this 1957 Aston Martin DB2/4 MkIII. This stunning blue example was actually one of Aston Martin’s prototypes and was even entered in the Monte Carlo Rally in its heyday. This particular example is well used by its current owner and hasn’t been over-restored like so many other cars of this vintage. Petrolicious did a lovely video about this car about a year prior to Bonham’s listing it for sale at their Goodwood Festival of Speed Auction coming up later this summer.

And just because the other race cars haven’t been all that weird, here’s an oddball to wrap things up. This is a custom-built 2012 Salt Flat Racer that is designed to go over 300 MPH. With plenty of power on tap from a big American V8 and an overbuilt 2-speed transmission designed to handle 1,300+ horsepower, this thing has some legs on it. Heck, it even comes with parachutes! While we wouldn’t recommend trying to take this car out around the block for ice cream, it sure would be an incredible feeling to pilot this sucker to maximum velocity on a salt flat somewhere.

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