Long before putting its badge on boring cars such as the Renault 8 and the Renault 12, Gordini used to compete in Formula One and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, in the latter both as an independent manufacturer and as an engine supplied for the French automaker.
Early Gordini cars were quite fast and nimble, they were true sportscars for the era, but, unfortunately, most of them are little known today. But this is where we come in - to dig out some of the industry’s coolest race cars. Today we’re going to show you a video of the 1953 Gordini Type 24S, an eight-cylinder two-seat barchetta that was raced at Le Mans from 1953 through 1955, as well as other well-known European events.
It’s one of the first racing cars in history to feature disc brakes all around, but there’s something way cooler about it - the engine sound! Yep, this car’s inline-eight mill sounds mind-boggling and it’ll make you rewind the video over and over again.
But before you head over below and hit that play button we just want to let you know that this vehicle will be auctioned off in Paris, on February 5, 2014 by RM Auctions