1965 Hamill SR-3 CanAm Racecar SOLD

Cost Effective, Turnkey Vintage Can-Am Racecar!

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The Canadian-American Challenge Cup brought the best available technology, the best engineers, and the greatest drivers together to battle it out for supremacy. Legends drivers such as Jackie Stewart, John Surtees, Denis Hulme, Bruce McLaren, Dan Gurney, Phil Hill, Mario Andretti, and many others fought for top honors in these unlimited sports cars. Factory developed cars such as the Porsche 917 competed directly with privateer teams building unique one-offs that now make for fascinating pieces of history and affordable vintage racing steeds.

After building an Indy car in 1964, Ed Hamill built an SR2 sports car in early 1965, followed by a pair of SR3 sports cars- one built with a square tube chassis, and this car built with a rounded steel tube frame. Both cars were raced in 1966, initially with Ford and Oldsmobile engines, and later in the year with a Traco-tuned 333 Chevy. During 1966 the cars were raced with McKee transaxles, which have long since been replaced with the more user-friendly Hewland LG500.

This car was raced in a number of events in 1966 by Roy Kumnick, including the LA Times Grand Prix. Roy`s Corvette shop was in the same building as Ed Hamill`s racing operation. Kumnick raced Corvettes in the early 1960s and in the Can-Am and USRRC series from 1964-1968.

We are very familiar with the recent history of this car. It remained in the San Diego area until the early 1990s when Fantasy Junction sold the car to a northern California based resident who ran it in CSRG (Classis Sports Racing Group). The car was professionally maintained by Phil Denny at PRD Engineering in Sonoma, CA. During this time further restoration work was performed and a new nose mold was created which comes with the car. The car was repainted by the late Ken McMurphy, known for his Pebble Beach quality work. Fantasy Junction again sold this car in about 2002 to the current owner who has enthusiastically campaigned the car in HSR and VARA events, mostly in Southern California.

In 2006 a rebuilt Chevy motor by Bud Gilbert was installed, and now has dyno time only. The block was fitted with aluminum heads, roller rockers, and mounted to a new Tilton multi-disk clutch and pressure plate. The motor produces over 600 horsepower and 500 ft/lbs or torque. The bill for the motor rebuild, not including installation, was over $16,000! The balance of the car is mechanically excellent and after the usual pre-event preparation, will be ready to race. Modern, more reliable fittings and hoses have been used wherever possible. All the fabrication is first class professional work, and the car has a robust, sturdy, overbuilt appearance and feel. This example has proven to be a user friendly, low maintenance unit for the previous owners and can be described as a fully sorted turn-key racing car.

While not a zero-mile car from restoration, cosmetically, this car is as nice as you could want a racing car to be. The body fits well and is generally free of chips and scratches. The frame is beautifully powder coated, the wheels are free of marks, and the engine bay are frontal area are both fully detailed.

The seating position is pleasantly upright as would be the case in a modern sports racing car and will accommodate a driver of up to 6` in height. With the car comes a VARA log book, the nose mold, and some historical notes and photos from its racing heyday. We cannot emphasize enough what economically feasible package this early Can-Am car represents, as it is both inexpensive and affordable to operate.


Reference Number 10629

as of 6/26/2007

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Car 1965 Hamill SR-3 CanAm Racecar
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