In the 1950s the American drivers Hap Sharp and Jim Hall had raced in the SCCA championship with cars of different brands but in the early 1960s they decided to found their own company for the production of racing cars.
Thus was founded in the Texan city of Midland the Chaparral, whose first model was called "1" and was produced in five specimens from 1961 to 1963.
Designed by Dick Troutman and Tom Barnes, former designers of Lance Reventlow's Scarab, the car was based on a spaceframe steel frame covered with an aluminum body.
A 300 hp Chevrolet V8 5.2 16V was mounted as the engine, managed by a four-speed manual gearbox and combined with rear-wheel drive.
Before being replaced by the new "2", the "1" achieved the class victory in the 1962 Sebring 12 Hours as the best result in three years of racing.
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