- The Chaparral 1

CHAPARRAL 1: THE DEBUT OF SHARP AND HAL

In 1961 the first racing car designed by the company founded by drivers Hap Sharp and Jim Hall was born

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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.

Front section

Front section

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.

Side section

Side section

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.

Rear section

Rear section

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.

Technical scheme

Technical scheme

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.

Thank you to Valentina Zanola for the cooperation

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