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How did we know we were finally getting close to Le Mans? Morgans, that's how. When you see 7 of those whatchamacalit modern, BMW-powered Morgans in a land of Schitroens, you know you're getting close. Never having had any reason to give two shits about a Morgan, though, what you don't know what that steampunk-looking split-window Morgan coupe thing is called. Hell, we didn't seem to remember what any of the goofy euro garage queens peppering the streets and parking lots of Le Mans were called, we just knew they were awesome.

So here's the challenge: First person to accurately name all 24 of these cars gets some of those genius points that makes people on the forums think you're smart and junk. Format it like this:

1: Pazoozie GT69

2: Renault Concubine

3: Wartburg Condyloma

4: etc., etc.

#1

24 best cars of 24 hours of Le Mans

Ok, technically this was spotted in Monaco, but it was on the way to the 24 Hours of Le Mans, so we're gonna count it. 

24 best cars of the 24 Hours of Le Mans

I don't know what this car is supposed to be capable of, but based on the limited accomodations for cooling airflow, I'm gonna bet it can't do anything for very long. 

#2

24 best cars of 24 hours of Le Mans

Also not technically spotted at Le Mans, but it was spotted on a day when we at least attempted to go to Le Mans. 

24 best cars of the 24 Hours of Le Mans

This one really had us baffled at the time. Enough so that we spent more camera time with this thing than we did with the spectacular cathedral behind it.

24 best cars of the 24 Hours of Le Mans

The car was completely badgeless, but its not clear if it had been debadged, or of they were originally naked. Though the body was clearly fiberglass, the extensive use of plastics in the interior suggested it was not a kit car.

24 best cars of the 24 Hours of Le Mans

This is the feature that clearly made the answer Googleable. But just because we finally figured it out doesn't mean we're gonna let you off without a search of your own. 

#3

24 best cars of 24 hours of Le Mans

There were literally more Astons at Le Mans than Hondas and Toyotas combined. 

24 best cars of the 24 Hours of Le Mans

Somehow when you're actually at Le Mans, the blue and orange Gulf livery doesn't seem contrived at all.

#4

24 best cars of 24 hours of Le Mans

Not just any crappy C4, the best crappy C4 ever made. You have to respect the twisted devotion it must require to own one of these in Europe. 

 
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Tony
Tonylink
Friday, July 08, 2011 6:37 AM
That white fiberglass car is a Matra Murena.
Tony
Tonylink
Friday, July 08, 2011 7:46 AM
#1 - no frickin' clue
#2 - Matra Murena
#2 - Aston Martin V8 Vantage
#4 - Corvette C4
#5 - Aston Martin DB6
#6 - Peugeot RCZ
#7 - Citroen Traction Avant
#8 - Alfa Romeo Brera
#9 - KTM X-Bow
#10 - Ford Anglia
#11 - Ford ... Pickup (?)
#12 - Nissan Skyline GT-t
#13 - Jaguar XJR-S
#14 - Ultima GTR
#15 - Marcos Mantis
#16 - Aston Martin V8 Vantage
#17 - Ferrari 458 Italia
#18 - Jaguar S-type (my dad has one!)
#19 - TVR Cerbera
#20 - Ford F-series custom pickup (?)
#21 - Alpine Renault GTA
#22 - Lotus Seven replica
#23 - Mercedes-Benz CLK AMG Black Series
#24 - Ford Escort Cosworth
Johnny
Johnnylink
Monday, July 11, 2011 10:21 AM
#1 Marussia B1
Johnny
Johnnylink
Monday, July 11, 2011 10:28 AM
#11 Ford SVT Raptor
JDMized
JDMizedlink
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 6:44 AM
@ Tony: you're missing the production year for each one of them :)

I'm not even gonna try to attempt and guess certain cars. I recognize most of them as I grew up in Europe.
if you wanna know the years of some of them, there's google ;)
Robbie
Robbielink
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 8:44 AM
#4 is a Corvette ZR1 Only DOHC production Corvette ever produced!
joelcrookston
joelcrookstonlink
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 1:35 PM
Alright, I gave it a go, a lot of my years are guesses based upon reading/google image searching... so feel free to beat me up:

1) 2010 Marussia B1
2) 1983 Matra Murena
3) 2011 Aston Martin V8 Vantage N420 Coupe
4) 1991 Chevrolet Corvette C4 ZR-1 )(engine tinkery by Lotus, assembled by Mercury Marine because union workers in Bowling Green didn't understand DOHC)
5) 1966 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage
6) 2011 Peugeot RCZ
7) 1940 Citroen Traction Avant 15/6
8) 2009 Alfa Romeo Brera TI
9) 2008+ KTM X-Bow
10) 1965 Ford Anglia 123E
11) 2010 Ford F150 SVT Raptor
12) 2000 Nissan Skyline R34 GT-t
13) 1992 Jaguar XJR-S
14) 2011 Ultima GTR
15) 2000 Marcos Mantis GT
16) 1978 Aston Martin V8 Vantage
17) 2011 Ferrari 458 Italia (guessing 11 model, since the wheel arches are not on fire)
18) 1963-65 Jaguar S-Type
19) 2000-03 TVR Cerbera
20) 1955 or 56 Chevy Task Force custom
21) 1987 Alpine Renault GTA v6 RT
22) 2011ish GKD Legend (seller page: http://www.gkdsportscars.com/cars_for_sale.html)
23) 2007-2009 Mercedes-Benz CLK 63 AMG Black Series
24) 1992-1994 Ford Escort RS Cosworth (rocking early "big turbo" T3/To4B or T35, YBT engine for group A homologation)
Der Bruce
Der Brucelink
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 3:49 PM
I think Joel wins :)

Props to those who can name which TV show or movie car numbers 4,11,12&16 have made splashes in? I'll give the hint that #11 was featured in a race in a show's first season this last year!
Dusty Duster
Dusty Dusterlink
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 6:06 PM
Dang it, Dave, you just reminded me how much I want an Alfa Romeo Brera.
8695Beaters
8695Beaterslink
Thursday, July 14, 2011 6:23 PM
Hmm, well Top Gear America had both the Raptor and V8 Vantage. The older Vantage was in the James Bond movie "The Living Daylights." There were far too many Skylines in the F&F movies.

And the split window Morgan is the Aeromax 8. And the reason you should care about Morgans is because they still build their cars out of friggin wood. WOOD!!! And because Porsche owners will literally trade cars with you. Happened to my pops once at a light. We still have the Mog.
Der Bruce
Der Brucelink
Thursday, July 14, 2011 9:01 PM
Beaters - Nice catch! I really didn't know who would've caught "The Living Daylights". Now, if memory serves me, a white C4 Corvette made appearances in both The A-Team and Miami Vice. TV shows of course :)
8695Beaters
8695Beaterslink
Tuesday, July 19, 2011 6:43 AM
I love James Bond. He also drove the DB5 in Goldfinger, Goldeneye, Die Another Day, and another movie or two that I don't remember off-hand. And yes, Faceman drove a C4 'Vette in the A-Team.
Crousti
Croustilink
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 7:55 AM
You want the alfas. They look good, but like all italian crap they make, expect them to be broken all the time. but still you want them, because they are beautiful.

But you really dont want the peugeot RCZ.

sure it looks nice. From outside. Take a look at a peugeot 308. That is what it is underneath. I was really hoping peugeot would make that RCZ a nice car ... they just made a nice looking car from outside. too bad it just is a poor mans car inside. I mean, would you buy an audi TT with a traban inside cabin ?
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