British motorsports legend Sir Stirling Moss bought a beautiful and rare 1961 Porsche RS 61 Spyder in April 2010 — only to have the gearbox seize at Laguna Seca last August, causing the car to spin and crash. Fortunately, Moss had the car repaired by U.K.-based Maxted-Page & Prill, meaning he will be able to race the RS 61 again this June.
Moss plans to enter the June 11 Le Mans Legend, a shorter race of historic cars run before the annual 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race. This year’s Legends race is open to cars from 1949 to 1965, meaning Moss’s RS 61 Spyderwill face off 60 competitors including a Ferrari 206P, Porsche RS 60, a Porsche 904-6 prototype, a Lotus 15, and even Frazer Nash race cars.
Although he was unharmed, Moss’s crash at Laguna Seca was especially tragic given the rarity of the car — just 14 RS 61 Spyders were built in 1961. Moss purchased his example at auction in for a heady $1.7 million.
Source: Motor Racing Legends