Viva Las Vegas – 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe

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...]

Unrestored, Unused, Unsoiled – 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe

It is both baffling and somewhat reassuring that many fantastic classic cars were bought new for not insignificant sums of money and then used so sparingly, a few miles at a time, that years later they are almost completely unspoiled. This car is a particularly extreme example of that strange habit. In 1966, a 30 year old US Marine went to Vegas, won $5,000 in a slot machine, and bought his dream car. It was a 1967 Corvette Coupe finished in … [Read more...]

Track-Prepped Panther – 1972 De Tomaso Pantera

De Tomaso Panteras are rarely left alone, and this is yet another quite seriously modified example. Done with the track (but not period correct preparation) in mind, it has a 419 ci stroker with forged crank and pistons, titanium valves, custom heads and a claimed 600+ rear wheel horsepower. The hood and deck lid are fiberglass, the fender flares are steel, the coil overs are adjustable, and the flywheel is lightened. Although it's advertised as … [Read more...]

Renault-Powered Rarity – 1959 Bunce Buck

The 1950s were a ripe time in America for road racing specials, and crafty mechanics and engineers all across the country stitched together unique and successful machines. These home-grown cars were often concoctions of American, British, and sometimes Italian or German components, but this car is just a little bit outside the box. Built by Ed Buck and Bill Bunce on the West Coast, this little special utilizes French power, in this case an … [Read more...]

Tough Tanker – 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

As soon as the new Corvette Stingray saw the light of day, people were looking to race it, particularly in the SCCA's production car ranks. One of the most serious was surely Ohio Chevrolet dealer Dick Lang, who had already made solid showings around the country in A and B Production driving his 1959 Corvette. For racers like Lang, Duntov had concocted a new, options package for the Corvette that included beefier suspension all around, a front … [Read more...]

Car Seeking Track – 1967 Gerhardt-Ford Indy Car

The 1967 Indy 500 was an exciting one, and the timing sheets would have been dotted with the true greats from that era. Graham Hill, Jim Clark, Mario Andretti, Johnny Rutherford, Jochen Rindt, Dan Gurney, Jackie Stewart, Cale Yarborough, Parnelli Jones, Denny Hulme, A.J. Foyt, and two Unsers all took to the Brickyard for '67, and it was a great year for technology as well as talent. The mid-engined revolution had only hit Indy a few years before, … [Read more...]

Sorry Split Window – 1963 Chevrolet Corvette

Inspired by Bill Mitchell’s 1959 Stingray Racer, the C2 Corvette represented a big step forward for America’s sports car. It may not have been as big of a step as Duntov would have liked, but the new Corvette was lighter than the old roadster, had a shorter wheelbase, and for the first time was shaped through wind-tunnel testing. The new car also had better weight distribution, wider drum brakes, and independent rear suspension. Power from the … [Read more...]

Corvette’s Savior – 1956 Chevrolet Corvette SR Prototype

Corvette is without doubt one of the most established names in sports cars today, so it's hard to imagine that at one time almost sixty years ago the Corvette's very existence was at risk. GM's two-seater debuted with much fanfare in 1953, but after only a couple short years the enthusiasm had worn off a bit, especially after Ford's introduction of their own two-seater, the Thunderbird. Unlike the Corvette, the T-Bird could be had with a full … [Read more...]

Shadow’s Swan Song – 1977 Shadow DN8 Formula 1

The Advanced Vehicle Systems (AVS) Shadows were some of the most notable cars in Can-Am, which was itself a very notable series. Appropriately painted black and given Universal Oil Products (UOP) sponsorship, Shadow's sports cars included the Mk. 1 with its unbelievably small wheels, the DN2 with its insanely powerful twin-turbo big-block, and the normally-aspirated DN4 that won the last big Can-Am Championship in 1974. Shadow also made their … [Read more...]

Made to be Thrown – 1971 AMC Javelin AMX

When we talk about pony cars, we talk about Mustangs and Camaros and 'Cudas. That's not quite fair, though, because good old American Motors was right there in the late-'60s mix with their sexily-named pony car, the Javelin.  People remember AMC today for their comically awful products like the Gremlin and the Pacer, but in the late ’60s and early ’70s they certainly had some performance clout. From 1968 to 1970 they sold the AMX, the … [Read more...]