October 27, 2020

The Forgotten British Race Car With Ferrari Flair

Ford Heacock III

, 69, a retired owner of an insurance agency living in Lakeland, Fla., on his 1961 Sunbeam Harrington Alpine, as told to A.J. Baime.

On Jan. 16, a Thursday, I was climbing into bed at about 9:45 p.m., and I happened to look at my phone. Somebody had sent me a Facebook post about a car that was being auctioned off in Arizona on that day. It was a 1961 Sunbeam racing car that had competed at the 12 Hours of Sebring endurance race in 1962 and 1963. It got my attention, but I presumed the car had already sold.

I forwarded the Facebook post to my friend Steve Uiterwyk, who had done some business with the auction company, RM Sotheby’s. He responded right away: “Call me.” I went out into my living room and called him. He said, “I got good news and bad news. The

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One-off Ferrari Omolagata will bring back the car-loving boy in you

Remember your younger years when you had your bedroom filled with posters of your favorite things? Chances are, if you’re a serious car lover back then, your walls were plastered with images of fancy sports cars. Get ready to wax nostalgic of those bygone days when you lay your eyes on Ferrari’s latest client-commissioned output: the Omologata.

Based on the 812 Superfast, and finished the deep red of Rosso Magma, the Omologata represents the 10th V12 front-engined custom order for the Italian sports car maker since 2009. As an 812 Superfast offspring, the one-off likely carries a 6.5-liter V12 with 789hp and 718Nm of torque, mated to a 7-speed automatic dual-clutch transmission that sends power to the rear wheels alone. Although this has not been confirmed by the carmaker.

Exterior-wise, only the windscreen and headlights are retained from the source model, and though the silhouette

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