Skip to main content

Carrera Panamericana

1950-19501951-1957

Carrera Panamericana
1950

Oldsmobile 88

1951

Ferrari 212 Export

Ferrari 340 America

Packard 200

1952

Ferrari 212 Inter

Ferrari 340 Mexico

Mercedes-Benz 300 SL W194

1953

Ferrari 250 MM

Ferrari 340/375 MM

Ford El Caballo De Hierro

Porsche 550

1954

Cadillac Series 62

Chrysler New Yorker

Ferrari 250 Monza

Lancia D24 Sport Spyder

Lincoln Capri

Osca MT4 1500 Moretti

1955

Porsche 550 RS Spyder

1957

AC Ace Aceca

The Carrera Panamericana was raced from 1950 through 1954. It was held on open roads in Mexico that ran from a southern Mexican west-coast city towards Texas. The race was formed to celebrate the competition of the Panamerican Highway. It was a multi-staged race across the country that counted towards the World Sportscar Championship. The race saw entrants from factory teams, privateers, and amateurs. On average, only one-third of the entrants were able to finish the race.
The race was canceled after the 1955 LeMans fatal disaster, where a car went into the crowd killing over 80 spectators. The fatal accident by Bill Vukovick at Indianapolis secured the decision to no longer run the race.

The first cars to run the race had top speeds of around 100 mph. By 1954, the cars were easily running at 170 mph. The vehicles were not adequately designed to protect the drivers at speeds this great. Being run on open roads meant that many areas of the course could not be managed; live stock, people, obstacles, and a number of other scenarios could make their ways into the road and cause disaster. The decision to cancel the race was sad, but necessary.