• Image Credit: Silverstone Auctions
  • Image Credit: Silverstone Auctions
  • Image Credit: Silverstone Auctions
  • Image Credit: Silverstone Auctions
  • Image Credit: Silverstone Auctions
  • Image Credit: Silverstone Auctions
  • Image Credit: Silverstone Auctions
  • Image Credit: Silverstone Auctions
  • Image Credit: Silverstone Auctions
  • Image Credit: Silverstone Auctions
  • Image Credit: Silverstone Auctions
  • Image Credit: Silverstone Auctions
Sometimes, little pieces of automotive history pop up, that are so rare and eccentric, that they're hard to pass up. This is one of those times. The car shown above is a 1970 IKA Torino 380S, which has had a very special owner. It'll be crossing the block at the Silverstone Auctions NEC Classic Motor Show Sale on November 15 and 16 in Birmingham, UK.

The Torino was a combination of an AMC Rambler American and Classic, built by an Argentine company born out of a joint venture between Argentina's government and America's Kaiser Motors. Sporting a 215-horsepower, 3.8-liter six-cylinder from Jeep under its hood, the rare Torino 380S was limited to under 1,600 units. The luxury minded car had plenty of fans, none more respected than the owner of the car shown above - Juan Manuel Fangio.

Fangio was the original king of Formula One, having won five world championships before Ayrton Senna or Michael Schumacher were even born, and in an era that would have made the events of Ron Howard's Rush seem as safe as crossing the street. His nickname was El Maestro - The Master - and with good reason. Fangio also had a hand in readying the Torino for sale to the Argentine public, and according to Top Gear, that's how the F1 ace acquired the silver sedan shown here.

It's believed that this was El Maestro's daily driver, although what periods it was used in that capacity are unknown. What we do know is that this not a meticulously restored vehicle, as can be seen in the gallery - it has its fair share of imperfections and issues, earning it a solid buyer-beware rating in our highly unofficial guide to auto auction perusal.

Still, it's provenance is tough to match for a production car. It also comes sporting Fangio's international driver's license, appropriate insurance documents and a look and disposition that we think is absolutely charming. As we said above, it will be up for auction, without reserve, in Birmingham, UK on November 15 and 16. Current projections have it going for 25,000 pounds, or just under $40,000. For a more detailed rundown of Fangio's 380S, hop over to the Silverstone Auctions's website.


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      KaBoomBOX
      • 1 Year Ago
      "luxury minded car" Funny how far the definition of "luxury" has come since then.
      Teleny411
      • 1 Year Ago
      The interior looks Fiat 124.
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      Brian
      • 1 Year Ago
      What is that OHC engine? It is not a 232 push rod Jeep engine of that era.
        Brian
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Brian
        Hemmings; Power for the Torino 380 models came from a Jeep-derived 3.8-liter overhead-camshaft inline six-cylinder engine that was also produced in Argentina. In 380S trim, the Jeep Tornado engine made 143 horsepower, enough for a reported top speed of 106 MPH. Those looking for more performance could opt for the 380W model (with triple Weber carburetors), which reportedly made more than 200 horsepower and produced a top speed of nearly 130 MPH.
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        Chris
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Brian
        It isnt the AMC OHV 232 engine. Kiaser Jeep used an OHC six in the early wagoneer and gladiator J series Pickups. It is 230 cubic inches. Jeep used these engines until AMC took over. Check out more info on the Tornado engine on wiki.
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      AngeloD
      • 1 Year Ago
      No proof of if or when Fangio owned it? Sounds like "John Voight's car" from that episode of Seinfeld.
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      diffrunt
      • 1 Year Ago
      Watched Juan make his last US appearance--Sebring, Fl
      dmorgen518
      • 1 Year Ago
      215 horsepower from a 3.8 L I6? Those are either impressively early-2000s sounding numbers or the engine was modified...?
      Joe K
      • 1 Year Ago
      What no weather-eye?
      Germán Medeot
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Torino is a Rambler redesigned by Pininfarina. Its engine had three carburetors webber in 380w version. The IKA Torino 's most remarkable international success was in the Nürburgring 84 hour race of 1969, with a Torino finishing in fourth place. The factory shipped three cars to Germany and after the three and a half days of racing, the # 3 Torino driven by Eduardo Copello, Alberto Rodriguez Larreta, and Oscar Mauricio Franco, had covered The most laps of all - 334, but lost the top Because They accumulated position various penalties During The race. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IKA-Renault_Torino http://www.museofangio.com/es/visita-virtual/museo-fangio/1-hall-central/55-torino-380-w/
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