This is a one-off racer wearing an aluminum body by Joe Huffaker and is the first racecar Huffaker built.
In 1953 Joe Huffaker, Sr. and Mick Marston made a plan to build a sports racing car. Mick procured a wrecked 1953 Austin Healey 100 and Joe began to fabricate the first Huffaker Special at his home in Novato, California. He race-prepped the engine and fabricated the tube chassis, aluminum body, and DeDion rear suspension. In May of 1954, the Huffaker Healey Special ran its first race in SCCA Class D Mod. Marston went on to race the car through 1958 at many venues including Pebble Beach, Cotati, Tracy, Buchanan Field, and the old Sacramento Fair Grounds. In 1957 Marston purchased a rare Hunter Twin-Cam Head and raced the Huffaker Special with the Twin-Cam 100/4 in Stockton, April 1957. It was fast....very fast....but only for short runs. Joe Huffaker went on to build and campaign cars in nearly all the country's premier racing series, including the USRRC, Trans-Am, Indy Cars, IMSA, and more.
Lou and Laurel Pavesi have owned the car for thirty years. The car was lovingly restored in 2005 with the help of the Huffaker Family.Also photographed at :