1961 Chaparral 1


1961 Chaparral 1

1961 Chaparral 1

In 1961 Jim Hall worked closely with Troutman and Barnes as well as Chevrolet to develop his first all-American racecar. The result was a highly-potent car that could challenge the Maserati and Listers which Hall previously sold at his dealership in Dallas, Texas.

The Chaparral 1 was largely built by Troutman and Barnes in Culver City, California with a lightweight aluminum body designed by Chuck Pelly.

Like the Scarab’s which Troutman and Barnes built, the Chaparral featured a fully-adjustable suspension, but took the theme a step further with Girling four-wheel disc brakes and a fully-independent rear suspension.

Five examples of the Chaparral 1 were produced and ran some of the top tier events in Southern car racing such as the 12 Hours of Sebring, Riverside Grand Prix and Nassau.

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In Detail

type Racing Car
built at California, USA
body stylist Chuck Pelly
1961 Chaparral 1 003 – did not sell for $1,750,000 One of two Jim Hall team cars. Built by Troutman and Barnes for the 1962 and 1963 seasons. The third of five examples constructed; the original Chaparral design. Significant race history, both in period and in modern historic racing events. Cornerstone of a racing legend.
Auction Source: 2014 Arizona by RM Auctions
1962 Chaparral 1 Sports Racing Car – sold for €259,875 The creation of Team Meridian Inc., following which Chuck Jones purchased Chaparral no. 004 from Troutman and Barnes for Skip Hudson to drive, is but a tiny fragment of Charles Curtis Jones’ motorsport involvement, spanning more than four decades. “Anyway,” continued Jones, “Skip proved my faith in him by delivering some very good results in no. 004 both in SCCA and USRRC events against the best crop of drivers and cars in professional road… read more
Auction Source: 2009 RM Auctions’ Automobiles of London
1962 Chaparral 1 C1-004 – sold for $522,500 RM Auctions is privileged to be able to offer this Chaparral 1 at the 2008 Sports and Classics of Monterey auction event. It comes with a current FIA/ACCUS Historic Vehicle Identity Form issued in March, 2005 and is eligible for vintage and historic events organized by most of the world’s sanctioning bodies – however, a thorough race preparation program is recommended prior to track use. Having remained in a private collection for the last thr… read more
Auction Source: 2008 Monterey Preview