1955 KURTIS 500 SX ROADSTER - 44123 Sold* at Scottsdale 2007 - Lot #1293 1955 KURTIS 500 SX ROADSTER https://cdn.barrett-jackson.com/staging/carlist/items/Fullsize/Cars/44123/44123_Front_3-4_Web.jpg
Lot #1293   1955 KURTIS 500 SX ROADSTER
Auction Scottsdale 2007
Status Sold
Lot 1293
Year 1955
Model 500 SX
*Includes Buyer Commission
Exterior Color BURGUNDY
Interior Color BLUE
Cylinders V8
Engine Size 6600CC
Transmission MANUAL
Lot #1293 - Frank Kurtis, was at one time, the largest manufacturer of racing cars in the world in the late 1940s and 1950s and won hundreds of different championships from midget Speedway to Indianapolis. 500SX Chassis number SX-001. This car is the ex Mickey Thompson car, the first of six built. Its build was chronicled in the February, 1955 issue of Hot Rod magazine for first owner, Albert Hosking. After Hosking's death, the second owner of SX-001 was Californian hot rodder, race promoter and land speed record holder Mickey Thompson. Thompson also describes some of his experiences with the car in his 1964 autobiography Challenger. In Thompson's ownership, the car was raced in California by Thompson and other drivers including Jerry Unser of the famed Unser family. Acquired in 1996, a full restoration commenced in 2002 with completion in mid 2003. Since the chassis off restoration to concours standards and to original specification, the car has been invited to and participated in a number of events including both the prestigious Goodwood Festival of Speed and the Goodwood Revival Meetings in the UK. Originally fitted with a Cadillac V8 engine, this was replaced with Pontiac V8 in the late 1950s under Mickey Thompson's ownership, when he was sponsored by Pontiac. The engine new in the car car is a one-off special 1958 370 cubic inch Pontiac V8 engine built by noted Chicago race engineer and builder Ray Nichels. Detailed car specifications: tubular chassis, alloy body, front suspension-solid axle, rear suspension- Hailbrand Champ quick change, Koni shock absorbers, steering-worm and roller, Disk brakes- on all 4 wheels, wheels- hailbrand kidney beans. **SOLD ON BILL OF SALE**