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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|built at||California, USA|
|body stylist||Chuck Pelly|
Auction Source: 2014 Arizona by RM Auctions
Auction Source: 2009 RM Auctions’ Automobiles of London
Auction Source: 2008 Monterey Preview