1949 Jaguar Parkinson Special news, pictures, and information
Chassis Num: 670191
Parkinson successfully raced the car in its present configuration for two years before replacing it with a Jaguar C-Type. The car was restored by John Buddenbaum in 1983 and it continues to be very competitive in its class.
Chassis Num: 670191
The car was brought back to his hometown of Los Angeles and was re-worked with the help of Joe Thrall, a mechanic at International Motors In Hollywood, California. As the wrecked body was removed from the chassis, Parkinson decided to replace it with a custom body. He enlisted the help of Robert Cumberford who designed a cycle-fender Special that had a very narrow and rounded design. Marvin Faw molded the aluminum into the shape of the design. Thrall and Parkinson repaired and modified much of the drivetrain including repositioning the engines farther back, lower, and to the right in the engine bay. A new factory racing camshaft was fitted and the flywheel was lightened. The result was a car that weighed around 2000 pounds.
Upon completion, Parkinson raced the car in several events, beating some stiff competition and outpacing many talented drivers of the day. The car was raced from late 1951 through 1953 rather frequently with many podium finishes including at Palm Springs, Pebble Beach, Golden Gate Park, Torrey Pines, and many more.
During the 1970s, the car was treated to a restoration by Faw and became a frequent visitor in historic competition.
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