You have lots of choices if you want to start racing vintage cars. Nowadays, even Miatas are old enough to qualify for some historic events. This ultra-rare, perfectly restored 1967 Ginetta G12 might be the pick of the bunch, though. You should buy it.
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This G12 is one of approximately 28 examples built, delivered new to Los Angeles, California in 1967, which, according to , made it the first Ginetta to ever reach American shores. In 1989, it was purchased by 1962 Le Mans class winner Chris Lawrence, who immediately sent it to undergo a full restoration by J&L Race Carsof Puyallup, Washington. From there, it competed in historic events along the West coast (including the Monterey Historics), before undergoing a second restoration by J&L Race Cars in 2013. Since then, it hasn't seen any competition.
The G12 was sold with a variety of different engines—this one got a twin-cam 1558cc Lotus inline-four, which has only seen three hours of operation since the second restoration was competed in 2014. As you'd expect from a recently restored, unraced car, every body panel looks in perfect condition. The interior looks brand new, and the engine bay appears untouched.
According to Canepa, this car has a current FIA historic technical passport, and comes with a bunch of spares. The G12 was designed to go head-to-head with cars like the Shelby Cobra, Ford GT40, and Lotus Elan, so if you buy it, you better be prepared to go up against some heavyweights. Canepa , but it's safe to say a it's not going to be cheap.