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1961 Chevrolet Bel Air

1961 Chevrolet Bel Air NASCAR For Sale~Very Rare~Original~Show Piece
VIN #: 1961BANASCAR   Stock #: JOHN1961~18960
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1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
Stock #: JOHN1961~18960
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327 V8
3 Spd Manual
Rear Wheel Drive
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1961 Chevrolet Bel Air Sports Coupe For Sale

This might be the last remaining 61 vintage NASCAR left. Checked the Vin. Was built in Wisconsin and a verified original V8 sport cpe. All stock cars then were real cars. I believe they made less than 200 of these Bel Airs because the Impala sport cpe was not much more. But these Bel Airs were lighter and less chrome. They were also cheaper for GM to hand out. The 409 did not appear until late 61. In 62 of course the 409 Bel Ait sport cpe became hot. Rex hated the 409 and ran his beloved 348. . As you know those cars were stock back then. Rumor has it is that this was Rex Whites NASCAR Championship runner up car to Ned Jarrett in 1961. Rex won the Championship in 1960. Rex has signed this car. He is still alive and lives in GA. He is about 90. Ned Jarret drove a 61 Bel Air as did Johnny Beauchamp who crashed his at Daytona flying out of the track with Lee Petty. You have seen those pictures. In subsequent years African American driver Wendell Scott picked up a 61 Bel Air he competed with.

We know Rex had at least two Bel Airs in 61. We think he had three. One was made as a "zipper car". They would take the top off to enter what was then the convertible NASCAR series. Rex won 7 races in 1961. Rex has seen this car but can not confirm or deny it was his. It is signed by him! We know that the vintage fabrication work is period correct. The car is very primitive. We did find what we feel is the "smoking gun". We found a panel pop riveted closed on the right front foot well. This was the correct area where they used to have the pull up floor hatch to check the tire wear on the right front tire at speed. It was activated by cables from the driver. No one noticed it prior.

Now this Chevy has been updated for show and track exhibitions. It has a modern racing removable steering wheel and updated seat belts and seat. It has discs all around and a fuel cell inside the trunk. They used to fill the 61 NASCARs through the filler in the back of the deck lid. Very dangerous! You will see the underneath has a racing "patina" with period fixes and repairs from racing shunts. A couple small pin holes exist underneath on the rails but not at issue. It has a 3 speed which might have been the correct H.D. pick up truck unit before they went to a 4 spd. It has a super strong 327 now (should be 348). It has 5 lug hubs and Rex was one of the last drivers to go from 6 lug truck hubs to 5 lug. It also has an aluminum radiator rather than what would have been a GM Harrison unit.

Being as primitive as this construction is and some of the pieces that have escaped the changes of time, we feel this is a real vintage 61 NASCAR Bel Air. There is good reason to believe it might have been Rex White's. One of the top "forensic" experts on Vintage Race Cars on the west coast has seen the car and verified "if it is not the car, it is one of the cars".

Of course it went through many hands and drivers after the fact before the recent restoration. The car is beautiful and brutish at the same time. The main attraction at every car show over Vettes, street rods, high dollar Mustangs, GTO's and all.

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