The 1​966 Chaparral 2D

U​nique and Angelique

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Chaparral were in motorsport for years, but this was definitely one of the best looking Chaparrals created. Designed in house and built at Rattlesnake Racetrack in Texas, Jim Hall and Pap Sharp were ready to race in Europe. Jim Hall had quite the experience with many racers and that knowledge helped him built a cutting edge race car. Also on the project was aircraft engineer Andy Green and so the 2D was born.

P​hoto by: Louis Galanos

P​hoto by: Louis Galanos

The 2D first debuted at the 24 Hours of Daytona in 1966 driven by Jo Bonnier and Phil Hill. The hopes were high, the 2D qualified 2nd but never finished due to the wheel coming off. The Sebring 12 Hours was next and the 2D was able to qualify 6th, but yet again did not finish this time due to rear suspension issues. The 2D definitely didn’t have the best career, the 1 race out of the 8 it finished in from 1966 through to 1967 it actually won. It came in June of 1966 where the 2D ran at the 1000km of Nürburgring, the car was able to qualify 2nd and was looking to have another unfinished race but instead won. Reliability is one of the keys to success in a racecar, and if it was it would have many more wins.

P​hoto by: Louis Galanos

P​hoto by: Louis Galanos

There were 2 chassis of the 2D built, 7 races were made with Chassis 2D001 and only 1 being made with Chassis 2D002 at the 12 Hours of Sebring entered along side Chassis 2D001. It originally ran a 7 litre Chevrolet V8 but was changed to a 5.3 litre one instead. While being twinned to Chaparral’s 6 speed manual gearbox the 2D overall made 420hp. The chassis of the 2D was a fibreglass monocoque made with steel reinforcements and overall it weighed 925kg. Chassis 2D001 is still around today and you can see it at the Petroleum Museum in Texas, it was last seen at the 2005 Monterey Historics where along side other Chaparral’s the 2D was the main marque.

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  • I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. The most unique and innovative Motorsport technology’s of the 60’s and 70’s came from two of the most unlikely of places, Midland, Texas and Oswego, New York.

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