Gasser action in this 1955 CHEVROLET DRAG RACE CAR SURVIVOR
1955 Chevy original survivor gasser drag race car.
The car’s known history is as follows; Gerald Caddy of New Mexico purchased this 55 Chevy as a race car in the late 60s.
Gerald & his brother ran the 55 Chevy in the southwest & competed in the 1969 NHRA Texas Springnationals as indicated by the sticker on driver side window.
In 1971 Gerald sold this car to Tom Kunder who at the time was serving in the military.
I have a bill of sale showing the sale of the car from Gerald to Tom.
Tom served with Dick Huckins’ brother & Tom sent the 55 Chevy to Dick’s shop for a custom paint job in 1971.
Dick Huckins – “The Bearded 1″ – gave the 55 Chevy the custom psychedelic pearl paint job that you see on the car today.
Dick Huckins was also a founding member of “The Tulsa Roadsters” & was recently involved with the building of George Barris’ “Blue Danube” 51 Buick.
Tom’s military service ended & he had the car trailered to his home town of Lebanon, Pa.
The engine was built locally with ported heads by Fred Hartman.
Tom raced the car locally at Maple Grove speedway from 1972 to 1976.
In late 1976 Tom sold the 55 Chevy to Henry Kleinfelter.
Henry raced the Chevy only one time in the spring of 1977 & blew up the engine.
The pictures from this last run are in this auction’s photos.
Henry never got around to fixing the 55 & it remained in storage until my recent purchase.
Upon purchasing the 55 Chevy, I removed the engine that had been in it since 1972 in order to rebuild it.
In a nut shell, the engine is a large journal 327, steel crank, 14.87 to 1 compression, crane solid roller cam, factory #462 cylinder heads have been highly modified & ported with 2.05 intake 1.60 exhaust valves with custom angle plugs, Hilborn injection with Mallory Magneto.
The original Ronco magneto is in the trunk & needs rebuilt.
The transmission is a muncie M20 4-speed with inline Hurst shifter.
The rear is a 57 Oldsmobile w/spool & 5:83 gear.
Front frame & suspension is a straight axle with disc brakes.
This never rusted body from New Mexico has a one piece fiberglass tilt front clip, fiberglass doors with lexan windows, radiused rear wheel wells & a sparse race interior.
The 1971 lacquer pearl paint job shows well but it does have checking & cracking expecially on top of the quarter panels & trunk lid.
The engine sounds very strong.
The tires have been on the car since the early 70s & show cracking.
This 55 gasser is completely original to its build in 1971-72 with original paint, interior, drivetrain & all the race parts that you see in the pictures.
Race or show car only.
Sold with bill of sale.
Car sold as is where is.
No warranty expressed or implied.
No trades – looking for good old cash.
If you would like to schedule an appointment to see the car in person or if you have a question, please call Kurt at 717-490-1604.