First Batch – 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

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California dealer and racer Paul Reinhart had proven his skill behind the wheel of a Corvette ably enough by 1962 to be one of the names on the list of six recipient's for the all new Sting Ray Z06. The Z06 package was distinguished from other 1963 Corvettes by heavy duty suspension, power-assisted brakes with a dual-circuit master cylinder, a 36-gallon fuel tank and finned cast aluminum knock-off wheels. Of course, the cars also had the 360 … [Read more...]

Unconventional, Never Raced – 1968 Shelby Turbine Indy Car

1968 Shelby Turbine Indy Car

Indianapolis, more than any other race track, has had an interesting relationship with turbine-powered race cars. The 500 was very nearly won by turbines in both 1967 and '68, and for a short time turbines looked like they could be the way of the future at the Brickyard. By 1969, however, the USAC had issued rule changes that effectively rendered them uncompetitive and relegated them to footnote status in the history books. While turbines were … [Read more...]

First Fuelie? – 1957 Chevrolet Corvette Factory Race Car

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We really want this listing to be real. What the seller is representing is one of the most desirable Corvettes of all, the 1957 Corvette Factory Race car, that debuted at the Nassau races in December of 1956. That would make it the first fuel-injected example of its kind with the prototype Rochester system, and it is in completely original condition, having been in storage since about the time of the AMA racing ban and not even started since … [Read more...]

Le Mans Classic Ticket – 1982 Chevrolet Camaro Racer

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Built by Tex Racing enterprises for NASCAR racer Billy Hagan and campaigned by him, fellow NASCAR driver Terry Labonte and SCCA/IMSA veteran Gene Felton, this Chevrolet Camaro ran at Le Mans in 1982 and at both Sebring and Daytona in 1984, with IMSA GTO races in between. At Le Mans, Hagan and Felton brought the car home second in the GTO class and 17th overall. It won the inaugural Miami IMSA GTO Grand Prix in February of 1983, and the next year … [Read more...]

Rack and Pinion Demonstrator – 1963 Shelby Cobra 289

1963 Shelby 289 Cobra

Like most any such car, the Cobra had teething problems to contend with before becoming an immense success and a household name. One of the most important issues was found in the worm and sector steering that had come over from the AC Ace. It was felt that a new steering system was needed from very early on in Cobra production, but the change to rack and pinion didn't come into effect until well into 1963, after 125 Cobras had already been built. … [Read more...]

Veteran ‘Vette – 1964 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster

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This Corvette Roadster has been a race car since all the way back in 1972, and has the SCCA log books to prove it. More recently, it has been raced with SVRA at events in the Northeast, the last of which being the Lime Rock Historic Festival in September of last year. This Corvette racer was restored and had the engine rebuilt during 2009 and 2010, and competition bits include a Barnes dry sump, Holley 750 CFM carburetor, Hooker headers and … [Read more...]

Something Special – 1955 Swartley-OSCA

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In the early 1950s, SCCA racer Skip Swartley had been campaigning an Allard, but in 1955 he took a delivery of a tube-frame, aluminum-bodied, OSCA-powered one-off special to race in the G-Modified class. It was reportedly designed by Jim Troy of Burbank, California. Swartley debuted the pretty little car at the Pebble Beach races in April of that year, and after many impressive performances, including victory at Torrey Pines and the Bremerton Cup … [Read more...]

Fiberglass Find – 1953 Woodill Wildfire

1953 Woodill Wildfire

1950s America produced what seems like an endless number of different low production, fiberglass-bodied sports cars. This Woodill Wildfire is yet another one. Produced by Willys dealer B. Robert "Woody" Woodill, it wore a relatively familiar looking Glasspar fiberglass shell that was laid over a custom frame, a Willys straight-six and various other Willys bits that Woodill would have had ample supply of. The Wildfire sold as a kit or as a … [Read more...]

The Fourth GT40 – 1964 Ford GT40 Prototype

1964 Ford GT40 Prototype

The outbreak of the Ford-Ferrari wars needs no introduction here, and we all know it was this car, the GT40, that was the sweet fruit of Ford's labor during that conflict. Developed with help from Eric Broadley of Lola and built at the new Ford Advanced Vehicles facility in England, the very first GT40 to be shown to the public, chassis GT/101, made its debut at the 1964 New York Auto Show. Within weeks, GT/102 was completed, but at the Le Mans … [Read more...]

Viva Las Vegas – 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe

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When the RPO Z06 racing package was bestowed upon some of the first C2 Corvettes, Los Angeles Chevrolet dealer Harry Mann thought that he had to have one and felt like he deserved one. For the 1962 Times Grand Prix at Riverside, though, Chevrolet only doled out four Z06's, and none of them went to Mann. Annoyed, Mann then decided to more or less make his own Z06, starting with a new L84 327/360 HP-equipped Split Window Coupe and going from there. … [Read more...]