Mystery Vehicle

May 13, 2014

Congratulations to Pete Johnson of Rochester Hills, MI who correctly identified this month's Mystery Vehicle as the "Boyle Special",1938 Maserati 8CTF. The Boyle Special was recently announced as the third vehicle to be added to the National Historic Vehicle Register and was honored at the 2014 Indianapolis 500. 

If you think you have the answer, just head over to the HVA’s Facebook page, or log your best guess in the comments section below. Guess correctly and you have a chance to get a cool HVA ballcap for your trouble. This basic black cap features the HVA emblem on the front. One winner will be drawn randomly from the pool of correct responses on Friday, May 30th and notified via e-mail.


  1. Jack Boyle KC

    Maserati Boyle Special

  2. Jack Long Forest Hill MD

    1935 ERA

  3. Larry E. Grabb Noblesville, IN

    1932 Studebaker Indy race car.

  4. Bruce Loos Roanoke, Indiana United States

    The car looks like a 1939 Maserati 8CTF.

  5. Jim Peterman stowe, vt.

    Maserati race car

  6. Jim Peterman stowe, vt.

    Maserati race car - 1938

  7. Ken Greene Colorado Springs

    1952 Healey Silverstone

  8. Dave Jordan Powder Springs, GA

    That looks like a Morgan MX4 three wheeler.

  9. DeWayne Samuels Scottsdale AZ

    1936 Maserati 6C monoposto

  10. Len Capel Troy, NC 27371

    Alpha Special '37 or 38

  11. Barry Goodson Texas

    I believe the mystery vehicle is a 1924 T-35 Bugatti.

  12. Grant Nixon Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

    mid twenty's Harry Miller racer. Hard to tell with the small picture. I am giving a guess since the design of the exhast on the left side and the way the fuel cap is located.

  13. Martin Vickery United States

    Maserati 8CTF Boyle Special.

  14. G. Miller Tumalo. Oregon

    3 Wheel Morgan with JAP Engine -->

  15. Bob Scholten West Michigan

    1938 Maserati 8CTF, the "Boyle Special"

  16. 1939 Maserati 8CTF Boyle Special Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

    Recant on the Miller... it is the 1939 Maserati 8CTF Boyle Special

  17. nick puccia brooklyn ny

    Maserati indy car

  18. marc saidel Manchester NH

    Gonna guess a Maserati? About a 1938?

  19. Phil Brooks Arnold, CA (Blue Lake Springs)

    1929 Bugatti single seat race car

  20. William Adamec Tennessee

    It looks my 1031 Alfa Romeo Bobtail racer. That would be my best guess.

  21. Rick McDonough West Park, FL

    1935 Alfa 8C35 Type C

  22. Susan Chambers Long Beach, CA

    Is it a Bugatti?

  23. Joseph Freeman Boston, MA

    The car pictured is Wilbur Shaw's "Boyle Valve Special" 1938 8CTF Maserati, winner of the Indianapolis 500 in 1939 and 1940. It is the property of the Hulman Foundation and resides at the Indianapolis Speedway Hall of Fame Museum.

  24. Bill Heptig minnesota

    I believe this is the Maserati 8CTF Boyle Special used by Wilbur Shaw to win Indy

  25. Glenn Brummer Indianapolis, IN

    Can't get the picture to enlarge, but I'm fairly certain that this is the 1939 Maserati 8CTF Boyle Special.

  26. Jeff Dreibus Nebo, NC

    It's a Morgan 3-wheeler, but I don't know the year or specific designation.

  27. Jack Nostrand Satellite Beach, Florida

    A 1934 Bugatti

  28. Ricardo Iriart United States

    Maserati 4 CLT

  29. Dennis Morrison Fallston, MD

    1939 Bugatti

  30. Bob Storc Rochester Hills, Michigan

    1933 Alfa-Romeo Race Car

  31. carl easterling United States

    its a 1927 bugatti 35b how do i get into the historical car assn etc, i have a 64 corvair...

  32. tom morgan st charles illinois

    Wilber Shaws winning Maserati indy 500 1939 and 1940

  33. Deanna Chinchilla United States

    It is a Morgan, i am guessing on the year about 1964.

  34. Jim Fitton Newmarket NH

    Is it an HRG ?

  35. Ivan Clark Milton, Ontario

    Is the car a 3 wheel Morgan?

  36. David Goswick Florida

    1939 Maserati 8CTF Boyle Special is this month's mystery car

  37. Hilda Adams TX

    2012 Morgan

  38. Martin Filardi Boston

    1936 AlfaRomeo

  39. Doc Sarasota

    Ferrari 500 F2

  40. Ricky arredondo Saranac mi

    1933 Bugatti

  41. philip carver ny

    1930s bugatti type 37

  42. greg tracy United States

    59 allard it looks like to me.

  43. jim mccray houston texas

    an alfa romeo

  44. Duaine peskett Edmonton,Alberta,canada

    1927 35B Bugatti

  45. John Kindell Henderson NV

    It's the Mike Boyle Maserati Grand Prix car that Wilbur Shaw drove to victory in the 1939, 1940, and almost 1941 Indy 500's. The tape on the wheel is Shaw's distinctive preference.

  46. Catherine Concannon Augusta, NJ

    1953 Frazer Nash

  47. Stephen Lawrence Hamilton , Ontario CANADA

    MG K3

  48. Ed Purinton New Jersey

    Morgan three wheeler

  49. Brian Panizzi 7123 s 250 e Lafayette IN 47909

    1928 Alfa Romeo

  50. Michael Scholla Palm Springs, California

    1939 Maserati 8ctf

  51. Bob Ewing Whittier,, CA 90601

    1950 Alfa Romeo

  52. Ellen Edens Wichita, ks

    1936 plymouth roadster

  53. Michael rogers Central coast of Calif

    I'd say it isn't British or German, probably not American either leaving probably Italy it seems 30's-early 50's Not an American type racer. I'd guess a Maserati or such 1.5 L

  54. michel a. sebastiani princeton nj

    1920 Bugatti

  55. Patrick Santos-Rivera Voluntown

    Could it be a Morgan ?

  56. Dan Silva New Bedford,Ma.

    1929 Stuzs Bearcat

  57. Bruce Carleton Place, Ont

    It is a K3 Allard

  58. Randy Pohjola Augusta, GA


  59. Wayne Pittsburgh

    Not much to go on, but guessing Bugatti, mid nineteen forties.

  60. john lyons ontario canada

    could this be a Alfa Romaro from the 50's or is it a Morgan ????

  61. Greg Miller Connecticut

    Looks like a Type 37 Bugatti circa 1926.

  62. Thomas Gonnella Norfolk VA

    First of all it is NOT an Alfa Romeo, the exhaust is on the wrong side. Second of all it is not a Grand Prix car but it is close. It is the most successful race car in the history of the Indy 500 posting two firsts, two thirds and a fourth in six races. It was leading the other race after 150 laps when a wheel failed... It is a 1939 Maserati 8CTF, specifically chassis number #3032. The Boyle Special

  63. Bob Cunningham Westborough, MA

    Cooper T51

  64. B. Bizzoco Birmingham, Al

    Morgan three-wheeler

  65. Edward Erlich Wantagh ny

    Miller special

  66. Dave Hinz Harbor Springs MI

    1936 Alfa Romeo 8C Monoposto

  67. P.Johnson Rochestre Hills Mi

    Maserati 8CTF Boyle Special '1938

  68. Thomas Pindroh Maple heights, ohio

    1938. Maserati Boyle special 8CTF

  69. Dale Melton Goodland Kansas

    1939 Maserati 8CTF

  70. Rod Harruff Fort Wayne, IN

    1939 Maserati 8CTF Boyle Special

  71. Rufus Cornpone Dallas, TX

    It's the 1940 Lunar Land Rover!

  72. Patrick Redwood City, Ca

    The two time Indy winning...Maserati 8CTF Boyle Special.

  73. Steve Madison,WI

    Maserati 8CTF Boyle Special

  74. Chuck Slaughter Boise ID

    Morgan 3-wheeler - late 30's or 3arly 40's -- at a guess!

  75. phil albanese new york

    I think its a Bugatti 1930s vintage