Hiram Hillegass began building racecars in 1919 and was recognized
as one of the foremost builders of 'single-seat' racecars. He was
elected to the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 1997. This
innovative Hillegass Sprint Car was developed in the late '40s and
utilized a frame constructed of large diameter high strength steel
tubing as an alternative to repurposed production car frames. Our
National award-winning Hillegass Sprint car is said to be
'tube-type frame #6' built in 1949 for Frank Anfuso of Bethlehem,
PA, the owner of Highway Auto Body. Total restoration to '1956 race
configuration' was done by Gene Weaber and was completed in 1997.
Our stunning sprint car has been part of the Dennis Carpenter
collection for many years. From a history standpoint, the car won
99 feature races, the 1951 NARA Championship and four URC
Championships. One of the former drivers that campaigned this car
was said to be Mario Andretti. The body 'tub' is all-metal as is
the hood/nose. It has been professionally hand-lettered with period
correct numbers and pin-stripping. Inside this interior is classic
racer, plus a nicely upholstered seat in rolled-and-pleated red
vinyl. The dash mounts the speedometer, tachometer and water temp
gauges. A time-honored racing wheel, chopped windshield and torque
tube w/enclosed driveshaft complete the functional interior
package. Power is furnished by a Ford Thunderbird 312ci 'Y block'
V8 that is fitted with an Edelbrock tri-power intake, Stromberg
carburetors and custom headers. Behind the 312 sits a one-speed
gearbox and differential that houses quick-change gearing. The
electrical system is 12-volt and a manual pump, operated with your
left hand, delivers fuel. Like most sprint cars, you must
'push-to-start' this beast. Brakes are rear-wheel hydraulic with
huge drums and the suspension utilizes traditional front/rear
radius rods. Period correct magnesium knock-off wheels mount
old-school racing tires. This beautiful Hillegass Sprint car will
be a classic addition to someone's garage. It is sold on a Bill of
Sale. ALL VEHICLES SOLD "AS IS".
1956 Hillegass Sprint Car
Location:Concord, North Carolina
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