1964 Dragster Fuller/Roberts Top Fuel Dragster "Starlite III"SOLD

Fully Restored to Period Perfection

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This dragster was built in 1964 by Pomona Drag Strip manager Chuck Griffith and features a Kent Fuller chassis and a hand formed Arnie Roberts aluminum body. Fuller was the preeminent builder of the ‘60s supplying chassis to all the top teams and drivers of the day. In addition to Fuller’s and Roberts’ talents, the others who contributed to this car reads like a who’s who of the Southern California drag racing industry. Tom Hanna built the seat, upholstery was by Tony Nancy, Ray Muller supplied the aluminum gas tank and drive shaft cover, the Summers Brothers supplied the rear end and axles, and Mickey Thompson supplied the rear axle housing. In addition Weland, Donovan, Hays, Crager, and Airheart also supplied various parts for the car.

Reference Number 43113

as of 5/5/2009

Overview
Car 1964 Dragster Fuller/Roberts Top Fuel Dragster "Starlite III"
Exterior / Interior Color      Red /      Black 
Condition Pristine 
Configuration Central Steering 
Transmission Manual Shift 
Options Competition: Full Race setup, Racing Seats, Rollcage 
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Known History

Completed in just three months at the end of 1964 it was featured in the February issue of Hot Rod magazine. In the spring it was shipped to England for the National Hot Rod Association’s (NHRA) month long European tour. In March of 1966 it appeared at the famous Smokers U.S. Fuel and Gas Championships in Bakersfield Ca. Between 1966 and 1970 it competed in numerous events up and down the West Coast. It qualified for Top Fuel Eliminator at the 1970 NHRA Winternationals. In the day, the car ran the quarter mile in 7.65 sec and 200.88 MPH!

 

The car was retired from active competition in the mid 1970’s. Bill Turney purchased the car in 1999 and began a full restoration to bring it back to its former glory. The restoration was completed in 2007 and the car appeared at the California Hot Rod Reunion.

 

Every effort was made to put the car back to exactly as it was in the 1960’s. All the lettering on the car is hand painted (not vinyl graphics) and correct period decals were supplied by Wally Parks NHRA museum.

 

The engine is a period correct 1957 400 Cubic Inch Chrysler Hemi V8 topped by a Clayton/Mooneyham GMC 6-71 blower built by Ray Ferry. The attention to detail is second to none. This is a spectacular example of the glory days of West Coast drag racing.