Beautiful 1960 Watson Indianapolis Roadster Going up for Auction

Here's your chance to own one of the 23 Roadsters built by A.J. Watson. It was a three-time entrant in the Indianapolis 500, built in 1960 for Pete Salemi and Nick Rini of Cleveland, Ohio, and was driven by Len Sutton. According to Silodrome, Watson built his first track car in 1947 for CRA Hot Rod races but his interests eventually turned to building Roadsters. After World War II, the Roadster Era ruled at Indianapolis with low, wide, offset-driveline cars populating the track. Watson built his first true Roadster for John Zink, Jr. and it was driven to victory by Pat Flaherty in the 1956 Indy 500. RELATED: See the 1933 Boyd Coddington Ford Roadster This particular example was driven by Len Sutton in the 1960 Indy 500, but left the race at lap 47 due to engine trouble. The following year it made it to lap 110 before a clutch failure ended the day. In 1962, the car was piloted by rookie driver Allen Crowe who bumped another car in lap 17 marking its end in that race and the car's time on the competitive circuit. The car was off the grid until 1981 when it was purchased by Mike Fulper who eventually sold it to Bud Miller and Bill Chapin. They handed it over to Floyd Trevis and his son, Ron, to have the car restored. It made its return to Indy for several parade laps in 1992. It has passed through the hands of several collectors since and will be available through RM Auctions on May 2nd with an expected sale price between $700,000 and $800,000. RELATED: See the 1925 Ford Model T Track Roadster Mackenzie ____________________________________ Click Here to Read the Original Article on BoldRide

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