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This is a rare factory Hemi racecar, being 1 of 55 built. This particular car was built in early 1967 by Chrysler Corp…to be raced in NHRA Stock-Eliminator class.
After having built 55 Dodges and 55 Plymouths…NHRA decided to put the car in the Super-Stock classes. This was typical NHRA vs Chrysler politics. My car was delivered new to Jack Thomas, of the North Chicago area. Jack was a factory racer, and on the good-guy/$1 car deal. He raced it thru the 67 season, then sold it to campaign one of the new 1968 factory hemi-Darts for 1968.
The car changed owners countless times, with each person going faster, and destroying the originality of the car. That’s the life of a typical old racecar. The car was found racing at a local po-dunk track in Colorado in the 90’s. The current/then owner had no idea that it was an important/historical car, and sold it to the person I bought it from. It had passed thru so many hands, it’s identity was lost, and it was being raced with a big-block Ford engine and transmission. GASP! The new owner did some work to it, to try and restore its former identity, but lost interest and sold me the used up shell with all the important chassis pieces.
I bought the car in 1999, and 2 more western parts-cars for sheet-metal, and spent 6 years building it back to a racecar of modern Super-Stock form. I’ve been in the mopar hobby for 45 years, and my most talented friends helped me get the car to it’s present state. Here’s a couple pictures from 1967, and since I restored/built it. Other than a couple hemi engines, a couple transmissions, and a wheel change. It is just as I finished it in 2005. I’ve driven it to a couple of your cruise-nights.
Owner: M. Ricketts