For those chosen few who have deep pockets and love Racing out of Yesteryear here is one for you.
1957 Chevrolet 150 Black Widow
This 1957 Chevrolet 150 is one of six factory-backed NASCAR racers, all of which were equipped with the new
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Called the “Black Widows,” the seller says that this example was treated to what they call a “spectacular, frame-off restoration,” and photos do indeed show what appears to be an excellent car with high attention to detail. Note the factory six-lug wheels and accurately recreated lettering. Presumably, a base 150 was used rather than a Bel Air for its lower trim and lighter weight.
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Check out the interior–no cage, no fire bottle, no electric disconnect or anything else related to racetrack safety apart from a simple two-point harness for the driver. Note also the shoulder pad/bolster on the right, the only side needed for a series run entirely counter-clockwise. The taped-up wheel appears to be a standard 150 item underneath, and the column-change 3-speed is just as cool as it is hilarious in this context.
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Reads the listing: “As an omen of things to come in the later COPO program, SEDCO was set up as a paper front at Nalley Chevrolet in Atlanta, Georgia, with GM President Ed Cole’s permission, by young Chevrolet engineer Vince Piggins, who later gained fame as the father of the Camaro Z28. 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.”
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As a direct result of this car and its five sisters, NASCAR banned fuel injection for 55 years, largely under the premise that very few production models (Chevy’s included) were fuel-injected at the time. This might have been good enough reasoning then, but became less and less relevant as time marched on, particularly as “stock” cars slowly morphed into anything but. It’s a fascinating and important piece of US motorsports history, and as such seems almost a bargain even at the high estimate.
So remember to go to KisseemeeFla and check out the Mecum Auction January 6th thru 15th 2017 for the complete show. O