1960 Watson Indy Roadster Roadster Vehicle Profile

1960 Watson Indy Roadster photograph

1960 Watson Indy Roadster photograph

1960 Watson Indy Roadster1960 Watson Indy Roadster
Roadster
Reversing the finish of the previous year, Jim Rathmann managed to outlast defending winner Rodger Ward on tire wear to avoid becoming history's only four-time runner-up. He had placed second in 1952, 1957 and 1959. The lead changed hands a record 29 times, of which 14 were during the last half alone between Rathmann and Ward as they staged the greatest sustained two-man battle the track has ever witnessed. It was only when telltale white cords began to show through on Ward's right front tire that he slowed at lap 197 to salvage second as Rathmann won at a record 138.767 mph. The winning Offenhauser-powered Ken-Paul Special (named for co-owners Kenny Rich and Paul Lacy) was a brand-new A.J. Watson-built 'roadster,' which was towed back to Indianapolis from Los Angeles personally by Rathmann and his chief mechanic, Takeo 'Chickie' Hirashima.


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Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1960 sales)
1960 Watson Indianapolis Roadster
Sold for $577,500
  2015 RM Sotheby's : The Andrews Collection
 
1960 Watson Indy Roadster
Chassis#: 210
Sold for $495,000
  2008 RM Auctions - Joe's Garage - The MacPherson Collection
 

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