1955 Schaghticoke-Manning Special


1955 Schaghticoke-Manning Special

1955 Schaghticoke-Manning Special

Built as one of the the many Chuck Manning kit cars, this Schaghiticoke Special was build by Wally Champan in 1955. Using Manning’s capable chassis layout, he fitted a Mercury flat-head engine with a Ford 3-speed transmission.

Thanks to the expertise of Chuck Manning who was a stress analyst for Douglas Aircraft, the Schaghiticoke Special had a low weight and stiff chassis that would be used in other cars like the Monsterati. Design details of this chassis were published in Road & Track.

Once completed, the car was sold to John Streets. He actively raced it in the Pacific North East until a major accident in 1959. In 1991 the car was rebuilt back to original specifications.

Sources & Further Reading

1.Pace, Harold. Vintage American Road Racing Cars. Motorbooks: 2004.

In Detail

type Racing Car
built at Schaghticoke, NY, USA
engineers Wally Champan, Chuck Manning
production 1
engine Mercury V8
position Front Longitudinal
block material Cast Iron
body / frame Steel Tube Chassis
driven wheels RWD
front brakes Drums
rear brakes Drums
transmission Ford 3-Speed Manual