Showdown: $35k Racers – War of 1812 Redux

Our last Showdown was a knife fight between two American-engined bruisers, with the LS1-swapped E30 giving the GT500 the coup de grâce. Today’s Showdown is a transatlantic battle between two completely different ways of thinking – a bantamweight Englishman versus a classic American heavyweight. Will the redcoats metaphorically burn Washington, or will the ‘Mericans whip some limey ass a la the Battle of New Orleans? Just like a Chose Your Own Adventure book, you decide the outcome!!! Ginetta G4 race car The Ginetta G4 was a low-production, tube-framed masterpiece of minimalism. Using Ford running gear (including, later on, the famous Kent crossflow motor), it weighed slightly less than a damp crumpet (just over 1,000 lbs) and ran away from similarly classed competitors like the French ran from the Maginot Line. This one’s powered by an unspecified Ford 1500 lump and looks sexy in blue and white. But is it worth $37,000 USD when compared to the epic Lincoln?

Mmm … gold valve covers and air cleaner. Liberace-approved!
You have to know without even asking that any Hooniversite worth his/her salt loves ’em some Carrera Panamericana, and this ‘54 Lincoln Capri is right up our alley. Throwing a massive lump of screaming American iron around the unrestricted backroads of a huge Mezoamerican country is sorta like hoon heaven. And this particular Lincoln Capri is race-prepped and ready to go, a veritable shot across the bow of those slimy Brits. Put the hammer down on the modded 317 and if that Ginetta gets in your way, just give it a love tap to send it off in a ball of righteous fire. That’s the American way, amigo! So what’ll it be – Britain’s finest, or a 317 CID injection of raw American steel? [poll id=”15″]

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