In total, more than 20 super cars that made history over the eight decades covered by this exhibition, which is part of the permanent collection of automobiles and motorcycles of the Museu do Caramulo.
With different origins, some of the cars belong to private collections, and have been kindly lent to the museum. The idea of this exhibition is to build a nucleus of state of the art sports cars, and this project can only come to life by combining cars owned by pilots and private collectors with existing models in the museum. The result is an extremely wide range of models and brands that raced in their time, over the last 80 years, until the present day.
The oldest automobile in this lot of sports cars is the super rare Bugatti 35B (1930), a 1930’s Formula 1 and Bugatti’s most powerful model. It is also the model that most sports victories won in automobile history (more than 2.000).
Other classic cars follow, such as the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing (1954), an icon in automobile design, which has earned the brand victories at the “Mille Miglia”, “Grand Prix of Berne”, “24 Hours of Le Mans” or the “Carrera Panamericana do México” and the Lamborghini Miura SV (1971), the most fantastic model of the brand, and the world’s lowest mass production car, with a 385 horsepower engine.
Also in this group, the Ferrari 195 Inter (1951), the oldest Ferrari in Portugal, the Pegaso Z-102-B (1953), one of the few remaining examples of the model, which costs more than a Ferrari, the Alfa-Romeo Super-Sprint C (1955) and the Portuguese sports car Alba, a one-off, which has won so many victories in Portugal in the 1950’s.
In the more modern sports cars league, the Museu do Caramulo presents a range of Porsche models such as the 356B (1962), the 911 Carrera S (1973), the 930 Turbo (1977) and the 928 GT (1989), as well as a De Tomaso Pantera (1972), the Lancia 037 (1984) and the Lancia Delta Integrale HF (1992), a model that won four consecutive rally world titles and a Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona (1974), the most powerful, fastest and most expensive Ferrari of its time, which, among various competitions, won the 24 Hours of Daytona and was second in the traditional Tour de France.
The sports cars exhibition at the Museu do Caramulo also showcases Triumph and Lotus models, among other brands. Notably, within the more modern models, the Mercedes-Benz AMG CLK-GTR LM (1998), with 612 horsepower and designed for the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Lola B05/40 ERA Turbo (2005), with a maximum speed of 310 Km/h., a veteran of the “Le Mans Series”.