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1942 Willys Americar Gasser

Written by September 2016
Ford 427 SOHC side-oiler engine #G5AE6059B Engine purchased through Jim Aikey Ford in Des Plaines, IL, by Richard Wolter for $3,200 in 1968 Engine invoice specifies the 427 Cammer was intended for a drag-racing Willys Accompanied with a very rare 427 SOHC engine service manual that demonstrates how to properly tune the engine for competition Steel body with fiberglass tilt front end Straight front axle with shock absorbers Roll cage, safety harness Two 4-barrel carburetors Floor-shifted automatic transmission Black seat upholstery Woodgrain dash and door panels Switches for water pumps, oil pump anddistributor Tach and auxiliary gauges Moon tank and…
Custom build completed in 2015 Balanced and blueprinted 355-ci engine with Comp Cam Weiand Team G intake manifold, Holley carburetor with Big Shot NOS system MSD distributor with Digital-7 programmable ignition Doug’s ceramic-coated headers 3½-inch exhaust, Flowmaster mufflers Aerospace fuel pump and three regulators with 10-gallon aluminum fuel cell Turbo Action 350 transmission with transbrake and Cheetah SCR manual shift 3,500 stall converter Ford nine-inch rear end 4.11 Richmond gears Mark Williams axles, spool and driveshaft Aerospace four-piston disc brakes Wilwood master cylinder, Hurst line lock Mono-leaf rear suspension, CalTracs traction bars Harwood fiberglass cowl hood Eight-point roll cage with…
The first of two examples built for the 1968 season Raced in 1968 by Mark Donohue and Sam Posey Numerous podium finishes, with many years of successful club racing in Europe Comprehensive restoration to 1968 specifications and livery Raced and shown at many events, including eight appearances at the Monterey Historics Well documented, including letter of authenticity from Penske engineer Ron Fournier {analysis}This car, Lot 180, sold for $990,000, including buyer’s premium, at RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island, FL, sale held on March 12, 2016. In 1974, Mark Donohue took a year off from his storied racing career to write The…
Frame-off, state-of-the-art, correct restoration of Chevrolet Black Widow car #47 driven by Jack Smith. This is one of the original six factory-backed cars. SEDCO of Atlanta NASCAR race-prepared vehicle. No GM documentation. 283/283 fuel-injected engine and correct components, including six-lug wheels, Fenton headers and exhaust, high-performance Hydrovac brake system, 20-gallon gas tank and special HD 3.90 rear end. This vehicle scored 997 at Classic Chevy Nationals and recently won First Place—Racing Class at the 2012 Ault Park Concours d’Elegance. {analysis}This car, Lot 1357, sold for $205,700, including buyer’s premium, at Barrett-Jackson’s auction in Scottsdale, AZ, on January 30, 2016. Chevrolet’s…
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…
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