Tim Suddard
Tim Suddard Publisher
5/24/11 12:33 p.m.

Most people don’t just stumble across a famous race car. They usually figure out a budget, zero in on a make and model, and then start shopping.

We’re not quite that sophisticated.

After wrapping up a few street-based project cars, we decided to put another racer on our radar. Not only did the new car have to fit our budget, but we wanted something that would also work with our comfort zone. After all, being able to afford a GTP car and being able to handle one at 200 mph are two entirely different things. Hitting the lottery or successfully selling an Internet startup company may provide the funds to buy such a beast, but that doesn’t instantly yield the ability or right to campaign it.

We decided to look for something on the more modest side of performance, and two early candidates were a 2.0-liter Porsche 911 and a Triumph Spitfire. Both cars have legions of supporters and fans, yet are relatively easy to field and drive.

However, if you’re shopping for a vintage racer, don’t let our opinions sway you too far. Every racer needs to figure out what they want from a vintage racing experience. A lot of this boils down to individual interests regarding historic periods, makes, models and vintage racing groups. It’s also important to look at the budget as well as the target speed—don’t forget, they’re often related.

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