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1970 Plymouth ’Cuda VIN: 11900201972 Plymouth Duster VIN: 100161967 Dodge D700 “Snake” truck VIN: 17817512931967 Dodge D700 “Mongoose” truck  VIN: 1781731248  {analysis}These four lots, the ’70 Barracuda and ’72 Duster drag cars and the two ’67 Dodge D700 ramp trucks, were sold together for $990,000 as lots 5040–5043 at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale sale on January 18, 2014. Next to Don Garlits in “Swamp Rat,” “TV” Tommy Ivo in his four-engine rail or Wild Willie Borsch one-handing his winged Fuel Altered, for me there’s no more exciting drag-racing history than the epic Don “The Snake” Prudhomme vs. Tom “The Mongoose” McEwen wars…
• One of approximately 90 factory-built • Identification plate with unique serial number sequence • Primed and painted body • 6.1L Hemi engine prepared for drag racing • Special BIW modified for drag racing and approximately 1,000 lbs lighter than production • Composite lift-off hood with functional scoop • Lightweight drag-race-only front-brake assembly • Lightweight cooling module with electric fan • Lightweight instrument panel assembly • Special cable-operated throttle pedal and linkage • Manual rack-and-pinion steering • Polycarbonate door windows • Front-chin spoiler {analysis}This Drag Pak Challenger, Lot F246.1, sold for $24,610, including buyer’s premium, at Mecum’s Chicago, IL, sale…

1946 Dreyer Midget

Written by November 2013
• 136-ci flathead Ford V8 • Rare Edelbrock speed equipment • 130 hp • In/out gearbox • Live-axle suspension with transverse leaf springs • Rear-wheel hydraulic drum brake This Dreyer-Ford was not only a successful racer back in the day, but New Jersey driver John Harris successfully vintage-raced it for decades. It comes equipped with extensive period speed equipment, including twin Stromberg 97 carburetors on an Edelbrock intake manifold and Edelbrock alloy heads. The Jahar Racing Midget is authentic and intact, but it does need cosmetic and mechanical refreshment before heading to the track. Best of all, it’s eligible and…
Top Fuel terror The Blood, Sweat & Nitro Top Fuel dragster is the only surviving original Jim Davis chassis with a full aluminum body by the famous Jack Hagemann. Driver Gary Ritter terrorized the competition with this car at drag strips such as Famoso, Half Moon Bay, Lions, OCIR, Irwindale, Sears Point, Carlsbad and Fresno. Fremont Drag Strip was the car’s home track, and Ritter took home his share of trophies. While attending the 2005 Hot August Nights event with his two restored front-engine dragsters, the “BankAmericar” and the “Mastercar,” John Ewald was approached by a guest who told him…
• One of 50 lightweight Mustangs produced • Delivered to Ford in Dearborn as a marketing vehicle • Factory-sponsored drag car driven by Dave Lyall • Sold to Lyall for $1 to compete in the Super Stock wars • Documented with copies of the window sticker, Lyall’s $1 contract, Michigan title search, Ford internal memos about the 428 Cobra Jet Lightweight Mustang program, and Marti Report • Finished in Lyall’s racing livery • 428 Cobra Jet engine • 4-speed manual transmission • Cragar wheels, Hurst shifter • Radio delete, bucket seats • Photo-documented frame-off restoration {analysis}This 1968 Ford Mustang Lightweight,…
Competition in NHRA Super Stock racing was at a fever pitch by the mid-1960s. The factories continued to trade blows with ever more radical specials to meet the demands of their team drivers, and in 1967 Plymouth upped the stakes, introducing a limited-production lightweight drag-racing package for the Belvedere known as the RO23. Fifty-five 2-door hard tops were built to meet the NHRA’s Super Stock/B class rules, all powered by the 426 Hemi backed by either a 4-speed manual transmission or a TorqueFlite automatic. This RO23 Plymouth Belvedere lightweight from the Joe Amato Collection features the correct and recently rebuilt…
  This 1977 Oldsmobile Cutlass was built by the legendary car builder Banjo Matthews for car owner Junior Johnson. Driven by three-time NASCAR champion Cale Yarborough and sponsored by First National City Travelers Checks, this car was instrumental in Yarborough winning the championship in 1978. Legendary crew chief Travis Carter, who worked for Junior Johnson in 1978, oversaw the restoration and authenticated and certified the car in 2000. In 2004, Yarborough drove this car under the lights at Darlington Raceway to celebrate the lighting of “The Lady in Black.” A very authentic and rare piece of racing history. Also included…
• Rare factory 409 race car with original build sheet,  bill of sale, mortgage and period racing photos • Driven by Dave Cates • Sponsored by Ault & James Speed Shop • 409/409 hp W-head engine • 4-speed manual transmission • Dual 4-barrel Carter AFB carbs • Aluminum intake manifold • High-lift performance cam • New-for-1962 lightweight valve train • Fully restored to as-raced condition • Photo-documented restoration • Thought to be the only car to win a race against the Jenkins-Strickler car in 1963 {analysis}This original 409 Biscayne drag car, Lot F261, sold for $95,400, including buyer’s premium, at…

1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429

Written by November 2012
  Built to homologate the new 429 “semi-Hemi” engine for NASCAR, the Boss 429 was the most powerful Mustang ever and one of the rarest as well. The engine, intentionally under-rated at 375 horsepower, featured a forged-steel crank, NASCAR rods, four-bolt main bearing caps and large-valve aluminum heads with crescent-shaped combustion chambers. A large cold-air scoop fed a huge Holley carburetor atop an aluminum high-rise intake manifold; breathing was controlled by a hydraulic cam that was replaced partway through production with an improved solid-lifter version. All 429s were equipped with power steering and brakes with front discs, a Hurst-shifted 4-speed…

1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

Written by September 2012
The first of a total of 69 ZL1 Camaros, the Gibb-Harrell car was born of an idea hatched by racer Fred Gibb and Chevrolet Product Promotions Manager Vince Piggins in 1968. Both wanted to run Chevrolet’s new all-aluminum Can-Am 427 engine in NHRA Super Stock drag racing. Rules required that Chevy build 50 examples for the car to qualify for competition. Gibb committed to taking the entire minimum order of 50 cars. Piggins then activated the COPO ordering process, specifying that COPO 9560 add an all-aluminum 427 engine, cold-air induction, Harrison 4-core radiator, transistorized ignition, multi-leaf rear springs and a…
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