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Old 06-01-2024, 01:25 PM
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Hello Everyone,

Wanted to share my latest project in recreating the Scarab that Carroll Shelby drove and won at the Continental Divide Raceway in 1960. This would be Carroll's final first place win and secure him the USAC Road Racing championship before his retirement as a driver in 1960. Although not a Cobra or a Ford product, Reventlow's Scarab project included some names that would contribute to the Cobra's success a few years later including Phil Remington, Warren Olson and Ken Miles. Also Reventlow's 1042 Princeton facility in Venice, CA was later signed over to Shelby to build the first Cobras.

I did switch over to left hand drive as this will be primarily driven on the street. Hope to have the Scarab painted and driving in the next couple weeks.

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Very nice 2345!

How about a little more photographic eye candy ...
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Wow,

More pics please
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Thanks for the kind words.

Here are a few more images.

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That looks like a beautiful car. So many questions I'm not sure where to start! Scratch build? Looks like aluminum? Who did the body? Scratch built chassis as well? Where did the plans come from? Power? Suspension? Who did all the work? Etc...
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Thanks 767Jockey,

The car is built by Scarab Motorsports in KS. The aluminum body is made in Poland using a similar stretch forming process as Kirkham.

The chassis is the original style space frame and is 128lbs.

Suspension is like the original as well, coil over springs and shocks all around, A arms up front and DeDion axle/Quickchange diff at the back.

Wilwood disc brakes are used, outboard front / inboard rear.

Engine is a Blue Print SBC 350, 390hp with an 8-stack Hilborn EFI unit.

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