Ever wanted to own a winning Pikes Peak car? No, we're not talking about one of Monster Tajima's rides, but a class winner and fifth overall. The car is the 2012 Palatov D4 PPS. It's for sale on eBay and it won the Unlimited class at this year's Pikes Peak hill climb.

Usually, in an eBay descriptor, you learn about specifics like mileage, condition of the body, number of previous owners, etc. This descriptor included the following information: Chromoly TIG welded chassis, proprietary AWD system, 1,100 pounds, 1.3-liter Harley H2 engine, custom Hewland sequential gearbox; we could go on.

The seller points out that while many Pikes Peak cars are only optimal on that particular course, this vehicle could be easily used for track days. It is also noted that several photos show an application of a naturally aspirated V8. The model they are selling comes equipped with the turbocharged inline-four.

This year, the car ran Pikes Peak in 10 minutes and four seconds, which was good enough to take the Unlimited class. If you want a piece of history like this, bidding is at $50,000 and the reserve has not been met. The "Buy it Now" price is for $125,000. In the context of world-class hill climb performers, that is not a bad deal. Check out the video of their near-ten-minute run below.


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      Kyle
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hartley, not Harley. TOTALLY different beast.
        BipDBo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Kyle
        I read right over that. It sure makes for an intruiging idea, though.
      BipDBo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Palatov motorsports is making some amazing cars. Every now and then, I go to their build blog www.dpcars.net to check out their progress. The D1 is Palotov's "halo" track car, an amazing machine, but they have a few other incredible cars in the works. This particular car won the unlimited class and came not far behind the 1st overall, 750 hp Genesis. It went up the mountain with a naturally aspirated 2.8 liter Hartley V8 which pushed about 430 at sea level, but if I remember right, only around 250 hp at the top of the mountain. They had originally intended to put turbo on that engine, but they ran out of time. Had they gone up with turbo, I'd bet they would have beat the Genesis. That V8 in unmodified, NA form, is a $30,000 engine. They surely swapped the V8 out so that the can continue to develope it without buying a new one. Check out the whole story: http://www.palatov.com/pikespeak/ http://www.dpcars.net/
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BipDBo
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      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have been following dpcars.net since early in the dp1 development probably around 2003. This car is no doubt engineered as well as any other track day car, and has prestige to boot.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MONTEGOD7SS
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        Toneron
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MONTEGOD7SS
        Yeah me too. Incredible piece of work.
      zamafir
      • 2 Years Ago
      quite possibly the single most talented automotive designer/engineer alive, i've been following his blog for years, ridiculous. :)