Chevrolet 2/3 Scale Revell Show Car
Best known for his prolific artwork in publications including Hot Rod and CARtoons, the late Dave Deal inspired many thousands of car-crazy children of all ages with a multitude of funky automotive caricatures during the 1960s and 1970s. Built as part of a series of four similar cars for show duty to promote Revell’s “Deal’s Wheels” series of 1:25 scale model kits during the early 1970s, “57 cHEVY”, the unique vehicle offered here, is a running and driving 2/3-scale show rod in the style of a 1957 Chevrolet “gasser”. In fact, the kits were so successful and highly coveted that Revell re-issued the model series in the early 1980s as the “Funsters” series, to the delight of legions of scale modeling enthusiasts.
Originally built by Jim Allen, this incredible creation is based on a 2 ¾-inch boxed steel frame with high-quality construction and welding in evidence throughout, and a rear-hinged, flip-top fiberglass body similar to those of the funny cars of the era. This vehicle can actually be driven, albeit with very cramped seating for up to two people. It is powered by a 265 cubic inch Chevrolet V8 engine equipped with Corvette valve covers, fender-exit headers, a non-functional GMC-style supercharger and an Enderle-style “bug catcher” hat that conceals the carburetor. While the blower is non-functional with no internal components, its crankshaft-driven belt turns with the engine and produces a muted “blower whine” sound effect. The considerable power output is sent to a pair of very wide “Good Boot” rear tires via a GM Muncie four-speed transmission, a short driveshaft and a nine-inch Ford rear end. The battery and radiator are located at the rear of the vehicle, behind the seats.
While the exterior finish does exhibit some fading and spider webbing in higher-stress areas, and the brightwork is no longer show-quality, this unique vehicle nonetheless remains in its original, untouched and as-built form. Most importantly, the “57 CHEVY” includes a pair of stout wheelie bars, which are a necessity given its short wheelbase and high power-to-weight ratio. Sure to stop traffic wherever it is shown, this 2/3-scale show rod is a wonderful example of the creativity of Dave Deal, one of the most-beloved automotive artists of the 20th century.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in September 2009 at the Petersen Automotive Museum, Los Angeles, California.
Est. 200 hp, 265 cu. in. Chevrolet V8 engine, four-barrel carburetor mounted within a non-functional GMC-style supercharger, GM Muncie four-speed manual transmission, straight front axle with leaf springs and tubular shock absorbers, '57 Chevy rear end with leaf springs, and rear-wheel brakes. Body Length: 135"
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel