1961 Chevrolet Biscayne Coupe 409 The Old Reliable Tribute Car!
Honduras Maroon Paint with White/Gray Interior!
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne Coupe The Old Reliable 409 Tribute Car! Honduras Maroon Paint with White and Gray Interior! Built under the supervision of Bill Grumpy Jenkins himself, this 1961 Chevrolet Biscayne recreates Jenkins first Old Reliable racer, which driver Dave Strickler drove to the very first NHRA Optional/Super Stock class record with an elapsed time of 13.24 seconds at 106.64 MPH at his home strip in York, Pennsylvania, in October 1961. Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, businessman and veteran drag-racer Terry Brennan got the ball rolling on the project after Jenkins, an old friend and regular dinner guest, once told Brennan that of all the cars hed raced, the one he most wanted to have was that record-setting first Old Reliable. Brennan purchased a suitable donor car and began scouring the country for NOS parts, while award-winning Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania, builder Ronnie Evans prepared and painted the body and frame. Before painting the car in the correct Honduras Maroon, Evans was advised by Jenkins to spray it as it was delivered from the factory; in other words, with lots of orange peel. The originals white hand-painted Ammon R. Smith-Dave Strickler-Bill Jenkins exterior lettering was faithfully recreated, and the hood was also authentically finished with white paint and a fabricated hood scoop replicating the original, complete with Original Scooper Stocker lettering. Once the body was painted and detailedincluding all the correct factory markings in the engine compartment and undercarriagework proceeded on installing the original 409 CI big-block, which was the engine that Jenkins himself built for the car. Included on the engine are a set of gas-welded reproduction Tri-Y headers by the semi-retired Jerry Jardine, who had fabricated the originals for the car in 1961. Jenkins tuned the completed 409 on his own dyno, extracting 429 HP. The car was finally assembled with the correct 4-speed manual and shifter, period-correct NOS Ansen scatter shield and driveshaft, a rare 4.56:1 10-bolt Positraction third member, oversized drum brakes and station wagon wheels contributed by Jenkins and fitted with Goodyear wide whitewall tires. The white, black and gray interior is an accurate reproduction right down to the column-mounted tach, floor shifter and radio/heater delete. This faithful recreation of the original Old Reliable Super Stock Chevrolet received Jenkins enthusiastic approval and bears his personal signature as lasting testament to its superb quality. This nicely restored, stunning classic car is a perfect addition to any car collectors repertoire! Own a piece of history with this showroom kept 1961 Chevrolet Biscayne Old Reliable Tribute Car! This classic automobile is currently in our in-door showroom and ready for immediate delivery! Please feel free to contact our showroom with any questions at 561-845-3838. Driving Emotions.