In 2011, with the help of Jeremy Whittle, I stumbled across the find of a lifetime. Tucked away in a garage in central Georgia was a 1971 2800CS, sitting right where it was parked 4 years prior. It hadn’t moved an inch since its owner brought it home: after discovering the cost of the parts and pieces needed to take the car from clean to perfect, his interest waned, and it was by sheer chance that I was the first to call when his Craigslist ad was posted.
It seems that, somewhere along the way, many ex-racecar E9s wind up with wide Group 5 fenders dressed in white. As teams sold off their chassis to privateers to move onto new platforms, some of the reverence was dismissed and cars were disassembled and reassembled to mimic the M-striped cars that the factory had campaigned with great success. When Steve Walker’s latest acquisition arrived at the airport from it’s Italian home in 2014, it was no different.