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Sir Stirling & Lady Moss navigate tight right-hander on hill climb course during 2011 Bahamas Speed Week.

In Pictures: 1950s and 60s exotic cars show off during speed week

Sir Stirling & Lady Moss navigate tight right-hander on hill climb course during 2011 Bahamas Speed Week.

The most exotic period racer to take part in the Speed Week revival was this 3.0 litre V-12 engined, 1957 Ferrari Testa Rossa that’s worth likely $10-million plus. Cars like it were driven on the island by Phil Hill and Pedro Rodriguez back in the day.

In Pictures: 1950s and 60s exotic cars show off during speed week

The most exotic period racer to take part in the Speed Week revival was this

The pavilion at the very exclusive Lyford Cay Golf Club was the setting for Speed Week’s concours d’elegance and local resident actor Sean Connery turned up for a look at the cars lined up in the drive for judging.

In Pictures: 1950s and 60s exotic cars show off during speed week

In Pictures: and exotic cars show off during speed week - The Globe and Mail

One of the most stylish cars taking part in Speed Week was this Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster, the open topped version of the famous Gullwing that was a dominant long-distance racer in its day.

In Pictures: 1950s and 60s exotic cars show off during speed week

One of the most stylish cars taking part in Speed Week was this Mercedes-Benz Roadster, the open topped version of the famous Gullwing that was a dominant long-distance racer in its day.

With the cars parked in the Bahamas sun at Lyford Cay there was plenty of opportunity to study the cockpit layout of legendary racers such as the Ferrari Testa Rossa. Note the classic gated shifter and imagine the sound of its V-12 at the 7,000 rpm-plus redline.

In Pictures: 1950s and 60s exotic cars show off during speed week

With the cars parked in the Bahamas sun at Lyford Cay there was plenty of opportunity to study the cockpit layout of legendary racers such as the Ferrari Testa Rossa. Note the classic gated shifter and imagine the sound of its at the rpm-plus redline.

Chevrolet entered factory-backed Corvettes in Speed Week during the 1950s, but this later version running in the revival came to grief against a circuit wall after the racing style steering wheel came off in the driver’s hands.

In Pictures: 1950s and 60s exotic cars show off during speed week

Chevrolet entered factory-backed Corvettes in Speed Week during the but this later version running in the revival came to grief against a circuit wall after the racing style steering wheel came off in the driver’s hands.

This 1957 Maserati 450S that was raced in the original Speed Week and reputed to be currently worth about $7 million was brought to the island by racer and vintage car collector Samuel “Rob” Walton chairman of Wal-Mart.

In Pictures: 1950s and 60s exotic cars show off during speed week

This 1957 Maserati that was raced in the original Speed Week and reputed to…

Anatoly Arutonoff, who came to Nassau as a pit crew member in 1962 and later raced his own Lancias there, powers his Zagato Bristol up the hill.

In Pictures: 1950s and 60s exotic cars show off during speed week

In Pictures: and exotic cars show off during speed week - The Globe and Mail

Adrian van der Kroft of Holland put in some quick drives in his Morgan +4. Built in 1959 it has been raced and rallied ever since adding Nassau to a race roster that includes Goodwood, Bahrain and five LeMans Classics.

In Pictures: 1950s and 60s exotic cars show off during speed week

Adrian van der Kroft of Holland put in some quick drives in his Morgan Built in 1959 it has been raced and rallied ever since adding Nassau to a race roster that includes Goodwood, Bahrain and five LeMans Classics.

Anatoly Arutonoff, who came to Nassau as a pit crew member in 1962 and later raced his own Lancias there, powers his Zagato Bristol up the hill.

In Pictures: 1950s and 60s exotic cars show off during speed week

In Pictures: and exotic cars show off during speed week - The Globe and Mail

This classy Jaguar XK140, being driven vigorously out of a hillclimb corner, was the follow-on model to the XK120 and powered by the company’s classis dual-overhead cam inline six.

In Pictures: 1950s and 60s exotic cars show off during speed week

In Pictures: and exotic cars show off during speed week - The Globe and Mail

This Austin-Healey Sprite shows that not all the cars entered in the revival were high-priced exotics. The original event included races catering to a wide-cross section of cars as well.

In Pictures: 1950s and 60s exotic cars show off during speed week

This Austin-Healey Sprite shows that not all the cars entered in the revival were high-priced exotics. The original event included races catering to a wide-cross section of cars as well.

Another classic British sports car from the 50s and 60s that saw action during the week was this Austin-Healey 3000. These big powerful cars were stalwarts of the racing and rallying scene during their heyday.

In Pictures: 1950s and 60s exotic cars show off during speed week

Another classic British sports car from the and that saw action during the week was this Austin-Healey These big powerful cars were stalwarts of the racing and rallying scene during their heyday.

British Lotus enthusiast Malcolm Ricketts brought over his mid-50s Lotus 9 developed by Colin Chapman whose aerodynamic and lightweight designs had a profound impact on sports car design.  (/Bob English for The Globe and Mail)

In Pictures: 1950s and 60s exotic cars show off during speed week

British Lotus enthusiast Malcolm Ricketts brought over his Lotus 9 developed by Colin Chapman whose aerodynamic and lightweight designs had a profound impact on sports car design. (/Bob English for The Globe and Mail)

Big V-8 engines are usually associated with American racers, but the Italians weren’t averse to making use of cubic inches on occasion as the Maserati 450S proves with its 4.5 litre, twin-cam, four-carb, 400 hp at 7,200 rpm powerplant. American racer Carroll Shelby drove one in 1957.

In Pictures: 1950s and 60s exotic cars show off during speed week

In Pictures: and exotic cars show off during speed week

Typical of the lightweight specials produced by innovative Brit racing car builders in the 1950 was the Elva Mk 2 driven by Tom Jones. The Mk2 was first seen in 1957, powered by a 1,100cc Coventry-Climax engine.

In Pictures: 1950s and 60s exotic cars show off during speed week

Typical of the lightweight specials produced by innovative Brit racing car builders in the 1950 was the Elva Mk 2 driven by Tom Jones. The was first seen in powered by a Coventry-Climax engine.