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1961 Balchowsky Old Yaller Mk VII Roadster

  • Chassis Number: F0430RF
This example is the seventh chassis built (MK VII). It was sold to Don Kirby of Rochester, New York, in 1961 for $4,500. Kirby fitted the car with a Chevrolet fuel-injected engine, possibly a Bangert fiberglass body and then went racing during the 1963 and 1964 seasons. It raced at USRRC Daytona 200, the Pepsi-Cola Canadian Grand Prix at Mosport, SCCA Virginia International Raceway, and SCCA Divisional at Virginia International Raceway during the 1963 season. It was at the Road America 400 the following year.

In 1964, the car was sold to Stan Kolowski, and a succession of owners followed. Those owners included Tim Thompson, Tom Palmer (in the late 1960s), Dennis Manning (1980), and Michael Gray (in 1990).

The next owner was Jimmy Dobbs, who actively participated in vintage races and rallies. Tom Dean became the next owner who commissioned a professional and total frame-up restoration in February of 2004. Upon completion, it raced at the 2005 Monterey Historics. In 2009, another frame-up restoration was undertaken. Just prior to completion and before coming to Bonham's auction in 2011, it was purchased from the Dean Estate.

In 2011, this car was offered for sale at the Quail Lodge Sale presented by Bonhams. It was estimated to sell for $250,000 -$375,000. As bidding came to a close, the car would leave the auction unsold, as its reserve had not been satisfied.

By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2011

2023 RM Sothebys : Monterey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $175,000-USD $225,000 
Sale Price :
USD $307,500

2011 Bonhams - Quail Lodge Sale

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $250,000-USD $375,000 
Lot was not sold

Recent Sales of the Balchowsky Old Yaller Mk VII

(Data based on Model Year 1961 sales)
1961 Balchowsky Ol' Yaller Mk VII
Chassis#: Mk VII
Sold for USD$307,500
  2023 RM Sothebys : Monterey
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Balchowsky Old Yaller Mk VIIs That Failed To Sell At Auction

1961 Balchowsky Old Yaller Mk VII's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1961 Old Yeller Mk VIIF0430RF2011 Bonhams Quail Lodge Sale $250,000$375,000

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