Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Samsung Transportation Museum Part Seventeen: 2nd Floor Gallery – Racing Zone

Here’s a few more cars from the Racing Zone of the SamsungTransportation Museum. I seem to have gotten these out of date order for some reason, this first one should have come between the Hudson Six and the Leon Duray Indy car.

1929 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 SS
1929 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 SS by Kate Tompkins

According to Wikipedia, most of these cars came off the line as rolling chassis and were sent to various coachbuilders for bodies. There’s nothing to indicate who bodied this one so it could have been factory produced, unlike the 1949 one we looked at earlier which my brochure identifies as having a body by Pininfarina. 1929 was the first year for the 6C with the larger 1750 engine. The super sport model came with a double overhead cam. My brochure does say that the Alfa 6C 1750 SS won the Mille Miglia in both 1929 and 1930.

1955 Jaguar D-Type (replica)
1955 Jaguar D-Type replica by Kate Tompkins

The museum brochure notes that the Jaguar D-Type won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1955, 1956 and 1957. It’s the strangest looking Jaguar I’ve ever seen, but it was built for racing, not for street use. According to Wikipedia, only 87 D-Types were built. Of those, 18 were for Jaguar’s racing program, 53 were for customers, and another 16 had been made into the Jaguar XKSS, which had a second seat and door. I guess that explains why the museum’s Jag is a replica. There’s actually a company in the UK that builds replicas of both C and D-Types, called, not surprisingly, Classic Jaguar Replicas.

1975 McLaren M16E
1975 McLaren M16E by Kate Tompkins

This was an Indy 500 winner (it came in second) in 1976 and looks a lot more like my idea of a race car, aerodynamic and low to the ground, especially compared to the Leon Duray Indy car behind it. You can find a detailed history of the various M16 vehicles and pictures of the M16E on the UltimateCar Page site. 
It seems only two were built. Chassis one is on display in the McLaren Technology Centre. Chassis two was used in the 1976 Indy. I don’t know if that’s the one in the Samsung Museum or if it, like the Jaguar D-Type, is a replica. It is wearing the right livery.


  1. Kate, may I use your picture of the McLaren M16E on We try to keep track of where all the interesting 1960s and 1970s racing cars have got to.

    1. Yes, of course. Would appreciate a link or credit, though.


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