The under 2-liter Grand Touring (GT) cars have always had a place to compete within the ever-changing regulations of international motorsports; the World Sports Car Championship from 1953-1961, the Speedworld Challenge from 1962-1963, the International Championship of Makes from 1964-1971 and the World Championship of Makes from 1972-1981. This included racing in the great endurance races such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Nürburgring, Spa and Monza 1000 Kilometer races and the Targa Florio. Not to mention national races throughout Europe, and SCCA races throughout the U.S.
Alfa Romeo, Lotus, Porsche and Triumph all designed very lightweight, successful competition cars. Abarth, an Italian specialty tuner, modified small-bore GT cars from Fiat and Simca all with great success. These under-2-liter GT cars filled racing grids on both sides of the Atlantic and provided a great deal of exciting automobile racing.
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