1963 Watson Indy Roadster Roadster / 022-7 Vehicle Information

1963 Watson Indy Roadster photograph

1963 Watson Indy Roadster photograph

1963 Watson Indy Roadster photograph

1963 Watson Indy Roadster photograph

1963 Watson Indy Roadster photograph

1963 Watson Indy Roadster photograph

1963 Watson Indy Roadster photograph

1963 Watson Indy Roadster photograph

1963 Watson Indy Roadster photograph

1963 Watson Indy Roadster photograph

1963 Watson Indy Roadster photograph

1963 Watson Indy Roadster photograph

1963 Watson Indy Roadster photograph

1963 Watson Indy Roadster photograph

1963 Watson Indy Roadster photograph

1963 Watson Indy Roadster photograph

1963 Watson Indy Roadster photograph

1963 Watson Indy Roadster photograph

1963 Watson Indy Roadster photograph

1963 Watson Indy Roadster1963 Watson Indy Roadster1963 Watson Indy Roadster1963 Watson Indy Roadster1963 Watson Indy Roadster1963 Watson Indy Roadster1963 Watson Indy Roadster1963 Watson Indy Roadster1963 Watson Indy Roadster1963 Watson Indy Roadster1963 Watson Indy Roadster1963 Watson Indy Roadster1963 Watson Indy Roadster1963 Watson Indy Roadster1963 Watson Indy Roadster1963 Watson Indy Roadster1963 Watson Indy Roadster1963 Watson Indy Roadster1963 Watson Indy Roadster
Roadster
Chassis #: 022-7
Engine #: 238 (or engine 504)
Vin #: 112157115
High bid of $240,000 at 2007 Monterey Sports and Classic Car Auction. (did not sell)
High bid of $185,000 at 2010 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Amelia Island. (did not sell)
Sold for $224,000 at 2019 Gooding & Company : Scottsdale Arizona.
During the late 1950s, the cars built by A.J. Watson were among the most successful to race at Indy. A.J. Watson was an Air Force navigator, then attended Glendale College on the G.I. Bill and later worked at Lockheed Aircraft.

The first car he built designed for racing was a Ford based Hot Rod prepared for oval track racing. In 1948 he went to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway serving as a mechanic. By 1950, he had designed and built his own Indy competitor. The cost of building and campaigning the car was too great so Watson eventually returned to the assembly line at Lockheed Aircraft. He left on day prior to the Indy 500 in 1951, with his sole focus turned on automotive racing. In 1954 he signed with John Zink Jr.'s team serving as the chief mechanic. Using a Kurtis Roadster, he made several modifications and improvements, and in the capable hands of Bob Sweikert, the vehicle emerged from the 1955 Indy 500 in first place. The following year he built a Indy roadster of his own design. The car would emerge victorious. His cars would win again in 1959, 1960, 1962, and 1963. In total, there were 23 Indy Roadsters created by A.J. Watson.

This A.J. Watson Indy Roadster was driven by Len Sutton as the number 7 Leader Card team car. It is shown restored in the 1964 Diet Rite Cola #95 style, as driven by Chuck Stevenson. The car ran the Champ Car circuit through 1966, and was then run as a 'super modified' at Oswego before being restored.


2019 Gooding & Company : Scottsdale Arizona

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $80,000-USD $120,000 
Sale Price :
USD $224,000

2015 RM Sotheby's : Monterey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $250,000-USD $350,000 
Lot was not sold

2010 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Amelia Island

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $195,000-USD $295,000 
High Bid (Lot was not sold)
USD $185,000

2007 Monterey Sports and Classic Car Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $285,000-USD $385,000 
High Bid (Lot was not sold)
USD $240,000

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1963 sales)
1963 Watson Indianapolis Roadster
Chassis#: 22
Sold for USD$224,000
  2019 Gooding & Company : Scottsdale Arizona
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1963 Watson-Offenhauser Indy Roadster
Sold for USD$244,750
  2004 Vintage Motor Cars at Amelia Island
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1963 Watson Indy Roadster's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1963 Watson Indianapolis Diet-Rite Cola Special022-72015 RM Sotheby's : Monterey $250,000$350,000
1963 Watson Indianapolis Roadster 2015 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours $400,000$500,000
1963 Watson Leader Car 500 Indy Roadster1121571152010 RM Auctions Automobiles of Amelia Island$185,000$195,000$295,000
1963 Watson Indy Roadster 2007 Monterey Sports and Classic Car Auction$240,000$285,000$385,000

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