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Take a Highly Detailed Tour Through Gordon Murray's Excellent Car Collection

Road & Track logo Road & Track 4/16/2021 Brian Silvestro
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Gordon Murray is one of the most legendary car designers of all time. He was the man behind the McLaren F1 and has had countless racing successes throughout his career. These days, he sells the T.50, a spiritual successor to the F1 that uses a naturally aspirated V-12 paired to a manual transmission. You'd think, then, that Murray would have great taste in cars himself. And you'd be right.

Top Gear managed to get some time with Murray and a good portion of his collection for a lengthy hour-long video tour. After Murray walks us through his newest car, the T.50S Niki Lauda, he moves on to his personal collection. We're given a history lesson on how he got into racing, and why he owns a Formula 3 car from the Fifties. We're also given a look at his Lotus Seven and a slew of race cars he helped design, including the Brabham BT44B, his first Le Mans car, and his custom 1972 Formula 750 car.

a close up of a toy car: Unsurprisingly, the creator of the McLaren F1 has amazing taste in cars. © Top Gear - YouTube Unsurprisingly, the creator of the McLaren F1 has amazing taste in cars.

Murray then shows us around the Rocket, his first road-going car. After that, we're given a summary of his ultra-rare De Tomaso Vallelunga and a trio of very special lightweight Abarths. After that, we move onto Murray's Lotuses and even get a look at his high-revving Honda S800.

The name of the game in this collection, as you've probably noticed, is lightness. It's the same ethos Murray has used his entire career to develop world-class race and road cars. Which car is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below.


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