Race Car of the Century

What makes one car stand out from all the rest from a century of motor racing? Ground-breaking innovation? Victories at the highest level? Dominating the opposition?

Each of the cars on our shortlist below displays those qualities, and we will shortly be asking you, our readers, to help decide which one should be named the car of the century.

Voting opens in April as part of Motor Sport‘s centenary celebrations. In 100 years of publication, we have featured every significant racing car of the period in our pages, from Bentley’s Le Mans-conquering Speed Six to today’s hybrid F1 cars, Formula E machines and even autonomous racers.

Find out more on the ten shortlisted cars below — one from each decade — and have your say in crowning the very best from next month.

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Race Car of the Century candidates

Bentley Speed Six Mercedes W154 car in photo studio


Bentley Speed Six
The Bentley Boys’ Le Mans-winning beast

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Mercedes W154
Silver Arrow that delivered a formidable GP winning streak

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Ferrari 166 studio photograph Jaguar D-Type side view


Ferrari 166
Le Mans, Targa Florio, and Mille Miglia victor

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Jaguar D-type
The groundbreaking Le Mans winner

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Lotus 49 side view


Lotus 49
Revolutionary car with era-defining engine

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Porsche 917
Endurance racing’s monster

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McLaren MP4 4 on Interlagos circuit Motor Sport November 1955 cover


McLaren MP4/4
F1 car that won 15 races out of 16

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Final 3
Announced on April 2


Richard Mille