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This is a true Bondurant Race School car, #1. 426-hp, 6.2-liter V8, 6-speed automatic, paddle shifters, rear-wheel drive, air conditioning, heads-up display, backup camera and sensors, 20-inch wheels. Only 8,700 original miles. All tires and brakes have been returned to factory specifications. This car can be registered and driven on city streets. All factory engine, transmission and smog parts are on the car. Ready to race and have fun. {analysis}This car, Lot 113, sold for $19,800, including buyer’s premium, at Barrett-Jackson’s Las Vegas, NV, auction, held September 24–26, 2015. When I was 22 years old, I joined the team at…

1956 Kurtis 500S

Written by November 2015
205-hp, 283-ci V8 engine 5-speed manual transmission Tubular front axle and live rear axle with torsion-bar suspension Four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes The Kurtis 500S offered here had an extraordinarily long gestation period. It was shipped to a Darrel Johnson, of Ferndale, MI, in February 1956 and invoiced as a “500M chassis and suspension.” For reasons unknown, it lay unfinished until acquired by Warren Wetterlund of Napa, CA, in 1999. Wetterlund, a collector and driver of vintage race cars, commissioned John Ryals, of Van Nuys, California, to complete the project. The chassis, originally outfitted for a Cadillac engine, was re-configured to…
1966 Ford Mustang Notchback No. 16 built by Shelby American One of 16 1966 SCCA A/Sedan Group 2 cars Largely unrestored and never raced Painted orange by original owner Sat from 1977 to 2014 Copy of letter from Rick Kopec of Shelby American Automobile Club verifying authenticity 289/350-hp Trans-Am spec engine Aluminum high-rise intake Holley 715 CFM carburetor BorgWarner close-ratio T10 4-speed transmission 18-quart Ford Galaxie radiator 11.3-inch front disc brakes 10 x 2.5-inch rear drum brakes Koni shocks and one-inch sway bar Lowered A-arms and four-point roll bar Maintenance on critical systems only New master cylinder and rear wheel…
This factory racer is a time capsule back to the height of the American muscle car revolution. Developed in the AAR (All American Racers) chassis shop of legendary racer/owner Dan Gurney, the car was then transferred to Ray Caldwell’s Autodynamics Racing fabrication shop. There, Autodynamics finished the chassis developmental work and took over final race preparation and race-day team responsibilities. This specific race car was one of only two (#76 and #77) factory-backed Dodge racing Challengers ever produced, and was the template car for the popular street version sold through the Dodge dealer organization, the Dodge Challenger T/A. With Sam…

1927 Miller 91

Written by May 2015
The Miller 91 was a true tour de force of rear-wheel-drive racing technology. It was so successful and its domination on speedways of the 1920s was so complete that it was effectively responsible for its own demise. The AAA’s rule change for 1930 to the “Junk Formula” was, in fact, adopted to stop the Miller 91’s seemingly unstoppable winning streak. When the rule change that limited displacement to 1½ liters (91 cubic inches) was announced for the 1926 racing season, Harry Miller could have merely shortened the stroke of his nearly unbeatable 122-cubic inch engine and continued producing and selling…
• The final Kar Kraft Bud Moore Boss 302 Trans Am racer • Completed under the supervision of Bud Moore and sons to 1971 BME specifications • Certificate of Authenticity signed by Bud Moore • Eligible for HSR/SVRA events and a FIA Historic Technical Passport {analysis}This car, Lot 127, sold for $200,000, including buyer’s premium, at RM’s Arizona sale in Phoenix, AZ, on January 15 and 16, 2015. Trans Am racing was a big deal back in the late ’60s, but only briefly. It was a simple format that really appealed to the American audience and brought out record numbers…
• Campaigned by Jeff Gordon in 14 NASCAR Nextel Cup Races in 2006 and 2007 • Winner of the 2006 USG Sheetrock 400 and 2007 Bank of America 500 Following its retirement from professional racing at the end of the 2007 season, this car was restored to as-raced condition by the Hendrick Motorsports Number 24 team, and it still appears just as it did in 2006 and 2007. This Chevy is perhaps one of the most notable cars from the Sam Pack Collection, and it would be an ideal acquisition for any NASCAR or motorsports fan. {analysis}This car, Lot 165,…
This 1976 Ford F-100 was built by Charlie Haga and accomplished Class 8 victories in the 1977 Baja 500 and Baja 1000. Haga built the truck for Frank “Scoop” Vessels in 1976, and the ’77 Baja 500 was an important race to Vessels due to the introduction of BFGoodrich Radial tires for the first time in the off-road racing world. Vessels played a role in the development of the first generation of these tires and looked to benefit from this improvement. The F-100 is equipped with a 404-ci Ford V8 engine paired with an Art Carr-built Ford C6 transmission and…
• First Funny Car in NHRA history to run 250 mph in the quarter mile; set national record at Baton Rouge, May 1982 • Set national record 5.73 elapsed time at the 1982 U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis • First Funny Car in NHRA history to run in the 5.6-second range: 5.637 seconds, Indy, September 1982 • Posted NHRA National event victories at Montreal and Englishtown, NJ; the 33rd and 34th career wins for Don Prudhomme • No. 1 qualifier four times: Baton Rouge, Columbus, Indy and Orange County • Original engine • Original body designed by Pontiac Motorsports {analysis}This car,…
• The original 1967 Hurst Hemi Under Glass exhibition wheelstander piloted by Bob Riggle • Riggle restored the car for collector Bill Sefton, and they campaigned it at exhibitions with Riggle at the wheel • Regularly on public display at the NHRA Motorsports Museum in Pomona, CA • Rear-mounted 426 Hemi engine • Cragar wheels and Goodyear slicks {analysis}This car, Lot S200, sold for $324,000, including buyer’s premium, at Mecum’s sale in Kissimmee, FL, on January 25, 2014. “Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!” the radio waves barked, and if the Gods of Nitro smiled upon your local drag race, you’d hear that…
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