If you want to join one of Manila’s oldest and finest automotive groups, the Manila Sports Car Club (MSCC), you would need to have a proper sports car that fits the bill. No, the layman’s definition of a ‘sports car’ won’t work and will not get you into the exclusive club. For the MSCC, they have their own definition for what a sports car is and only a select few cars are eligible. In fact, what most of us might consider sports cars may not be to them.
In order to make things easier to understand, the MSCC has a list of vehicles which they deem to be sports car in order to be eligible to join the club. Recently, the list has been updated to add more cars into the mix including newer and some older models.
So what does MSCC classify as a sports car? To begin with, it must strictly be a two-seater model. While there are some 2+2s in the list, they are often exceptions. More interestingly, the question of whether a fully grown adult can sit in the back of the 2+2 or not for a drive from Manila to Subic is also way of seeing whether or not the vehicle in question is considered a sports car. The club does not seem to discriminate whether the car is rear-wheel drive or front-wheel drive as long as it has ‘sporting character’. You may check the full details on what MSCC considers a sports car here.
As of February 14, 2019, there are over a hundred cars that are currently included in the list from classic European models to more modern Japanese units. Some notable cars that most people see today as sports cars that are not included in the list include the Ford Mustang and the Chevrolet Camaro. You may check out the full list of sports cars below.
If the car isn’t on the list, one can ask the MSCC board for a decision.
2019 Manila Sports Car Club Eligible Car List:
AC: Ace, Aceca, Cobra.
ALFA ROMEO: 8C2300 (1931-34), Disco Volante (1952), SZ-1, SZ-2 (1959-61), TZ-1, TZ-2 (1965-88), Giulietta Spider(1955-62), Veloce (1955-62), Tipo 33 Stradale (1867-69), Duetto & Spider (1966-93), 126 Spider, GiuliettaSprint (to 1962), Veloce (1955-62), Montreal (1970-77), SZ and RZ (Sprint Zagato or ES-30. 1989-91, 1992-94), 8C Competizione (2007-2008). 4C (2013 +). By way of exception: 105 GT Junior, 105 1750 and Sprint, 105 GTV and GTA.
ASA: Ascari, Ecosse.
ASTON MARTIN: 1 .5 lite Le-mans (1927-36); DB1 to 6; Vantage V8/V12 (2005-2015), Vanquish (2012+).
AUDI: TT Mark I (Type 8N, 1998-2006); R8 (2006+).
AUSTIN HEALEY: Sprite, 100, 100/6 (1956-59), 3000.
BECK: 550 (reproduction).
BERKELEY: B65 (1956-60).
BIZARRINI: GT Strada.
BMW: 328 (1936-39), 507 (1956-59), M1, Z1, Z3, Z4 (including coupes and M models for the Z3 and Z4), Z8.
BRICKLIN: SV-1 (1974-76).
BUGATTI: Types 35, 37, 55 (to 1932), EB110 (1991-1995), Veyron.
CISITALIA: 1100 202 (1948-52).
DAIMLER: SP250 (1959-64).
DELOREAN: DMC 12.
DE TOMASO: Vallelunga (1965-1967), Mangusta, Pantera.
DODGE: Viper (1992-2017).
DONKERVOORT: All models.
ERA: Cobra (reproduction), GT40 (reproduction).
FACEL VEGA: Facella.
FERRARI: All models. except: 365 GT4 2+2 (1972-76), 400 (1976-85) & 412 (1985-89), 456 & 456 M (1992-2003), 612 Scaglietti (2004-10), FF (2011+); GTC4 Lusso (2016+).
FIAT: Balilia 11005 (1932-37), Otto Vu or 8V (1952-54), 1500/1600 (1959-67), 124 Spider & Coupe, Dino (1966-73), 850 Spyder (1968-73), X1/9 (1972-89), Barchetta (1995-2005); 124 Spider (2016+).
FORD: Ford GT, GT40. By exception: Shelby GT350 (1965-1966 only).
FRAZER NASH: Le Mans Replica (1948-55).
GINETTA: G4 (1961-68).
HEALEY: Silverstone (1949-50).
HONDA: S600 (1965-66), S800 (1966-70), NSX, S2000.
HRG: 1500 (1946-54).
ISO: Grifo, Rivolta.
JAGUAR: SS 100 (1936-39), XK 120, 140 & 150, C-Type, D-Type & XKSS, XKE (incl. 2+2), XJR-15 (1990-92), XJ220 (1992-94), F-Type (2013+).
JENSEN HEALEY: Jensen Healey (1972-76).
KOENIGSEGG: All models.
LAMBORGHINI: All cars, except Espada. (For the avoidance of doubt, LM002, Urus, similar models, all SUVs are excluded.)
LANCIA: Aurelia B24 Spider (1955-56), Beta Monte Carlo (1975-84), Aurelia B20 GT (1951-53), Appia GTE Zagato (1960), Flaminia GT (1956), Flavia Sport (1954-57) , Flaminia Sport & Supersport Zagato (1958), Fulvia Coupe (1965-76, all variants, including the HF), Fulvia Sport (1965-73. all variants), Stratos (1974-76), Zagato (1979); Rally 037 (also known as Lancia-Abarth 037, 1981-1982).
LEXUS: LFA (2010 to 2012).
LOTUS: All models.
MARCOS: 1800, Mantula, TSI GTC, R/T.
MASERATI: AGG 2000 (1954-57), 3500, Bora, Ghibli (1967-73), Khamsin, Merak, Mexico, Mistral, 4200 Spyder (2001- 2007). By exception: Granturismo MC Stradale (2011-2013 only).
MAZDA: Cosmo, RX7, Miata (Eunos, MX-5).
MCLAREN: All models.
MERCEDES BENZ: 190SL (1954-62), 300SL (1954-62), W113 “Pagoda Roof” series (230SL, 250SL, 280SL; 1962-72), R107 series (280SL, 350SL, 450SL, 560SL, and variants; 1972-89), SLK (1998-2016), SLR McLaren (2003-10), SLS AMG Gullwing (2010-2014), AMG GT/GTS (2015+).
MERCER: Raceabout (1911-14).
MG: K3 Magnette, M-Type Midget, D and J Series Midgets, all “T” Series, MGA, MGB, MGB GT, MGC, MGB GT, Midget, MGF (1995-02).
MICHEL: TC (reproduction), TF (reproduction), Seven (reproduction), Cobra (reproduction), 550 (reproduction), Speedster (reproduction).
MORGAN: Aero, Suoer Sports Aero (1920-32), Grand Prix (1926), Super Sports (1927-39), Sports (1932-39); All post-war models, except Four-Seater.
MOSSLER: MT900S, T, RGT3.
NISSAN (DATSUN): Fairlady 1500(SP310/SPL310, 1963-1965), 1600 (SP311/SPL311, 1965-1970), 2000 (SR311/SRL311, 1967-1970); Fairlady Z (1970-1978), 240Z, 260Z, 260Z, 280Z, 300ZX (Z31 body, short-wheelbase), 350Z, 370Z, Fairlady ZG, 240ZG, 432/432R. (Note: For all Nissans, only two-seat models are eligible).
NSU: Wankel Spider (1962-67).
OPEL: GT (1968-73); Speedster (2000-05; also known as Vauxhall VX220 or Daewoo Speedster).
PAGANI: All models.
PORSCHE: All cars, except Panamera, Cayenne, Macan.
RENAULT: Caravelle & Floride (allowed by way of exception), Sport Spyder (1999).
RILEY: Brooklands (1929-32), Sprite (1936-38), 2.5-Liter Roadster (1948-50).
RIZAL MOTORS: Tamaraw (ca. 1963)
SALEEN: S7 (2000 – 07).
SINGER: Le-mans (1933-37), 4AD, Nine.
SUBARU: By exception: BRZ (2012-2015).
SUFFOLK: Jaguar SS100 (reproduction). Jaguar C-Type (reproduction). (Jaguar motor, drivetrain, suspension, etc., required. Each example subject to approval.)
SUNBEAM: Talbot Alpine (1953-55); Alpine, Harrington Le Mans GT; Tiger.
SUPERFORMANCE: Cobra, Daytona, Corvette Grand Sport (reproductions), GT40 (continuation series).
TOYOTA: Sport 800; 2000 GT (1967-70); MR2, MRS. By exception: 86 (also known as Hachi-Roku (ハチロク), GT-86, and Scion FR-S; 2012-19).
TRIUMPH: TR2, 3, 3A, 3B, TR4 & 4A, TR5, TR250, TR6, TR7, TR8, Spitfire, GT6.
TVR: All models.
VAUXHALL: VX220 (2000-05). See Opel.
VOLVO: P1800 (including ES; 1969-72).
WESTFIELD: Seven (reproduction); Eleven (reproduction).
WOLSELEY: Hornet Special (1932-38).