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David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
12/3/14 6:28 p.m.

Just doing some bench racing--and, yes, this is fodder for an upcoming Classic Motorsports story.

Nick_Comstock
Nick_Comstock PowerDork
12/3/14 6:33 p.m.

Lotus 72

stu67tiger
stu67tiger Reader
12/3/14 6:46 p.m.

Can-Am Porsche 917. It not only destroyed the competition, it destroyed the race series.

Stu

pimpm3
pimpm3 HalfDork
12/3/14 6:58 p.m.

68 Sunoco camaro

pimpm3
pimpm3 HalfDork
12/3/14 7:04 p.m.

Shelby daytona

stuart in mn
stuart in mn PowerDork
12/3/14 7:21 p.m.

What's the definition of great? Most wins, longevity, impact on the race series, beauty, or something else?

TR8owner
TR8owner HalfDork
12/3/14 7:34 p.m.

I've always thought the Ferrari 250LM was one of the prettiest. Not to mention the 250 GTO.

Other mentions are Maserati 250F, Ford GT40, Cobra Daytona coupe, Porsche 904, Porsche 917. At the other end of the scale you've got to give the giant killer Austin/Morris Mini Coopers a lot of credit as well as Triumph Spitfire which has won a lot of SCCA production class championships plus the Spit LeMans coupes looked cool.

Spitsix
Spitsix GRM+ Memberand Reader
12/3/14 7:57 p.m.

Audi R series at Le Mans.

noddaz
noddaz GRM+ Memberand Dork
12/3/14 8:02 p.m.

Shelby Cobra

Unless you are looking for the winningest car of all time...

Which a quick search says is the M3..

Rupert
Rupert HalfDork
12/3/14 8:15 p.m.

I have to agree. The 917 was so different and fast, it totally ruled. Obviously any racing group would have to make it illegal A.S.A.P.!

Trackmouse
Trackmouse New Reader
12/3/14 9:01 p.m.

In terms of game changers- r32 skyline. Dominated jgtc series, they penalized it and it still swept, then they allowed the other makes severe advantages and it STILL walked away with multiple 1,2,3 consecutive finishes (and that was even with the 911 in the series) . It is termed "Godzilla" for THAT reason. Not because of the power it potentially Made.

maj75
maj75 Reader
12/3/14 9:11 p.m.

Porsche 917.

maseratiguy
maseratiguy New Reader
12/3/14 9:19 p.m.

I'm not a Porsche guy, but it is hard to argue with the 917. I guess it may depend on the criteria of "greatest". (certainly isn't the Camaro) Maserati 250? ...great but greatest? Which F1 car won 15 of 16 races one season? or am I not remembering things right?

Jim Pettengill
Jim Pettengill HalfDork
12/3/14 9:31 p.m.

Another vote for the Lotus 72.

Mustang50
Mustang50 New Reader
12/3/14 10:17 p.m.

Maserati 250F from the 50's. Won a championship for Fangio, first F1 drive for Phil Hill, Carroll Shelby, and numerous other great drivers. Was competitive in F1 for at least 5 years.

Rupert
Rupert Dork
12/4/14 11:22 a.m.
Nick_Comstock wrote: Lotus 72

I agree! The Lotus 72 is truly a gorgeous car and is in a tie with the Can Am Porsches & Chapparel sucker cars.

Apis_Mellifera
Apis_Mellifera Reader
12/4/14 7:25 p.m.

If Porsche 917 isn't the answer, I'm going to need to seriously reevaluate everything I know to be right and wrong in this universe.

Cactus
Cactus New Reader
12/4/14 9:33 p.m.

Mazda 787B. Probably not the right answer, I just think it sounds better than any other car past or present.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxXtpMngivM

lenhart06
lenhart06 New Reader
12/5/14 1:02 p.m.

Ferrari F2002 F1

Don't think I need to explain why.

Rupert
Rupert HalfDork
12/5/14 3:53 p.m.

In reply to lenhart06: I'll bite, why???

lenhart06
lenhart06 New Reader
12/5/14 4:43 p.m.

Sorry. I changed it to the Ferrari F2002. Can't argue about the success of either chassis (F2001/F2002) but F2002 with Schumacher behind the wheel was simply brilliant. Second on my list is the McLaren MP4/4! Senna/Post dominated!

TeamEvil
TeamEvil HalfDork
12/5/14 5:28 p.m.

Another vote for Porsche 917.

Second choice, Ford GT40.

noddaz
noddaz GRM+ Memberand Dork
12/5/14 8:02 p.m.

Hard not to include the 911... At one time, only the best of the best were invited to compete against each other...

Tom1200
Tom1200 Reader
12/6/14 3:38 p.m.

This one is easy, while there are lots of good picks already the answer is "Formula Ford" because they allowed thousands of would be race car drivers a chance to get in a single seater that lapped at pace no road car driver could imagine. The class also made racing driver schools possible. My pick for a single car would be a Swift as those made the first big leap in level of performance.

  Tom
TeamEvil
TeamEvil HalfDork
12/6/14 4:38 p.m.

But that's like claiming that autocross is the greatest motorsport because it allows thousands of folks driving their wife's car to wear a helmet and claim that their racing.

Easy entry level just doesn't equate to greatness . . .

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