The Grand Prix of South America Rally took place this past autumn, starting in Buenos Aires on October 18, and ending in Cartagena on November 17. The rally covered 10,000 kms through Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, and Columbia.
1938 Chevrolet Coupe
This was the 70th anniversary of the event, the first taking place in 1948. The route followed the original’s as much as was possible.
Twists and turns of the South American Rally
1946 Bentley Special
1929 Chrysler 75
1925 Buick Standard Six
1941 Dodge Carryall Power Wagon – Support vehicle
The winner was the 1929 Chrysler 75 by Andrew Davies and Paul Dilley. 2nd place a 1972 Porsche 911; 3rd: 1933 Lagonda M45; 4th: the 1938 Chevrolet Coupe.
2018 Grand Prix Rally Route
The story comes to CtoC from The Land of Badger; all photos credit: Sports Car Digest
1935 Duesenberg Special Speedster Model J; Photo credit: Gooding & Co.
The ’35 Duesenberg SSJ was the fastest pre-WWII production road car, with speeds reaching 140mph in 1935. It is powered by a supercharged 420 cubic inch DOHC eight cylinder, which produced 400 HP.
The Duesenberg Straight Eight; Photo credit Gooding & Co.
This incredible vehicle went up for auction this past weekend during the famed Monterey Car Week. Gary Cooper once owned this SSJ; it was one of several Duesenbergs the actor owned during his lifetime. The Duesenberg was eventually bought by road racer , car manufacturer and America’s Cup winner, Briggs Cunningham. The Cunningham collection was bought by Miles Collier. It is Collier and the REVS Institute that is auctioning the car.
The Duesenberg SSJ at REVS Institute; Photo credit: Circle-to-Circle
I had the opportunity to see this famed Duesenberg at the REVS Institute, when the Frozen Foursome visited Tampa in April of 2016. It really is a remarkable machine. Absolutely stunning, with beautiful lines. Even today, it must be something very special to drive.
The Duesenberg’s cockpit at the REVS Institute; Photo credit: CtoC
The Duesenberg SSJ was sold at the Pebble Beach Auction for $22 million. At that price, the Duesenberg becomes the most expensive American made car ever sold at auction. It also became the most expensive pre-WWII model ever sold.
There were only two Duesenberg SSJ’s ever built. The second car was owned by actor Clark Gable.
1962 Ferrari 250 GTO; Photo credit: Sotheby’s
A 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO was also up for auction at Pebble Beach. Ferrari made thirty-six 250 GTO’s. The Ferrari sold for a staggering $48.4 million. At that price, the 250 GTO becomes the most expensive car ever sold at auction.
The Gipsy was produced by Austin from 1958 to 1968. It replaced the Austin Champ, and was expected to compete with the Land Rover.
The Gipsy is very Roveresque, right down to the individual Lucas wiper motors and the black, red and yellow lever knobs. It’s also a sparse interior, with inward facing rear seats, although the Gipsy does have a door on its glovebox. Unlike the Series Land Rover, the Gipsy body was steel, instead of aluminum.
This particular Gipsy comes with a very nice Turner winch. I do like the look of the Austin’s front end.
Originally available in a 90″ wheelbase, a longer 111″ wheelbase was later added. British Motor Corporation, which Austin was a division of, merged with British Leyland in May of 1968. Suddenly Land Rover and Austin found themselves with the same manufacturer, and Austin’s Gipsy was discontinued.
The Gipsy was powered by a 2.2L inline four engine, originally used in Austin’s A70 sedan. In all, 21,208 Gipsys were produced over its decade long run.
This ’57 Chevy 150, is one of six, factory backed racers built for the 1957 NASCAR Grand National Championship. Nicknamed the “Black Widows”, Chevy dominated NASCAR that year with their 283 powered 150’s.
The Black Widows debuted at the Daytona Speed Week race of 17 February 1957, driven by Johnny Beauchamp, Buck Baker, Speedy Thompson, Rex White, Frankie Schneider and Jack Smith. Beauchamp would finish second, behind Cotton Owens and his Pontiac. Jack Smith would drive this car to victory 2 weeks later at Concord, NC. That race would see the Black Widows sweep, with Baker in second and Thompson in third. Smith would take the checkered flag again at Columbia, South Carolina; Hickory, North Carolina, and North Wilkesboro, which would be enough for Smith to drive this Chevy 150 to fifth place in the NASCAR season championship standings.
The Black Widows’ success would lead to the Series fuel-injection ban, that would remain in effect for another 55 years.
“Specially built in Detroit and shipped by rail to SEDCO for final preparation, each car was equipped with the new 283/283 HP small-block V8 with Rochester mechanical fuel injection, Fenton headers, a column-shifted 3-speed manual transmission, heavy-duty 3.90:1 rear end, high-performance Hydrovac power brakes, 20-gallon fuel tank and six-lug wheels.” — Mecum Auction Website
I love, absolutely LOVE, the fact that these racers were column shifters!
This, Jack Smith driven ’57 Chevy “Black Widow”, is up for auction in Kissimmee, Florida, between January 6 – 15, 2017. It is expected to bring in $150K-$250K.
What a sweet piece of automobile history.
All photos and car statistics come courtesy of Mecum Auctions.