1932 Chrysler Indycar RoadsterSOLD

Interesting History and Fantastic Performance

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Engine:
323 C.I. Straight 8

Transmission:
4 Speed

Constructed by Argentine Luis Viglione for Juan Antonio Gaudino in 1932. It is believed to have competed at the Indy 500 in 1932 and 1933, and then returned to Argentina where it was campaigned regularly until the late forties. Over the decades, two other cars have appeared claiming to be this car. One was built from a chassis, motor, fuel tank, and steering column found in an Argentinean wrecking yard in 1980, and the other is most likely in Switzerland at present.

Like most cars that saw racing in Argentina, this car was repaired and updated in a `whatever works` fashion. Consequently, the motor is known to be at least the third installed in this car, and is a 323 cubic inch inline-eight. It is likely from the early forties and the transmission is a 4-speed from a German Taurus/Granada. The remainder of the car appears to be from the early thirties.

With this sort of approach, it is not surprising that there are three cars claiming the same identity, and perhaps it is lucky that there are just three! While the histories of these cars are hardly beyond reproach, each is a unique and desirable car, and this is one of the more well-substantiated examples.

Nevertheless, the car is eligible for all events in the United States, and is extremely competitive. Its current owner has campaigned it extensively, including twice at the Wine Country Classic (including earlier this year, in June of 2006) at Sears Point, and at The Monterey Historics at Laguna Seca every year since 1997, except 2000.

Consequently, the car is 100% event ready. Everything works correctly and the car is tremendous fun and genuinely fast, finishing second only to Alfa Romeo 8C`s. Presently, the car configured as it would have been for road racing events-that is, it is fitted with a spare wheel and tire, and lights. A cup that comes with the car is inscribed `Ganador (winner), Juan Gaudino, Chrysler" for a victory with an prior Chrysler.


Cosmetically, it is extremely attractive. The paintwork is nicely patinated, and the remainder of the car is very nice. The chrome is free of pitting and is very presentable, and the wheels appear to have been very recently refinished. The suspension is reasonably well detailed and the interior also has a wonderful `used but not used up` feel to it. A host of period-correct (and possibly original) gauges punctuate the turned aluminum dashboard.

This is a rare opportunity to acquire a competitive, historically significant, and most importantly, fun racecar. It is extremely unique, and it has an incredible grin factor, and just begs to be used. It�s even registered for street use!

Contact Information
Fantasy Junction (510) 653-7555 Emeryville CA

Reference Number 5599

as of 12/31/2006

Overview
Car 1932 Chrysler Indycar Roadster
VIN CH1031 
Exterior / Interior Color      Red /      Brown 
Options Exterior: Wire wheels
Interior: Leather interior 
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