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The BARN FIND of the CENTURY
Estate Sale In storage past26 YEARS !
JET CAR ... Near 300 Miles Per HourHIGH 5 SECONDS ET The UNTOUCHABLEJET DRAGSTER just as it rolled off the 1/4mile race track !
This is ONE of TWO AIRCRAFT ENGINED CARS IN RENO NEVADA ... IN THIS AUCTION we have the UNTOUCHABLEThe SCORPION IS IN THE SAME STORAGE however the SCORPION is not in this AUCTION.
Both cars were part of BIRDWELL RACING formed in 1962 ...originally as a TOP FUEL TEAMand progressed to JET CARS built by Romeo Palamides
The Estate of Jack Birdwell invested well over HALF A MILLION DOLLARS Jet Car Racing from 1962 thru 1994 when Mr Birdwell passed away. That $ 500,000 would easily exceed several million dollars in todays dollars !
We personally know Birdwell family plus one of our salesassociates worked for the CAR BUILDER Romeo Palamides when hewas based out of Chicago. Another of our sales staff was a frequent visitor to Romeo Palamides race shop when it was located in Oakland CaliforniaRomeo Palamides was instrumental in the formations of American Mag Wheels.
The Untouchable was always a 1/4 mile jet dragster and never went to the Salt Flats ( Bonneville )
This is very important as the SALT FLATS racers were exposed to corrosive salt dust
This car has ONLY BEEN RACED ON ASPHALT DRAG STRIPS .... NO SALT FLATS
A) Romeo Palamides UNTOUCHABLE IV ( 4th in a series ) B) Wheelbase 154.75C) Overall length 301D) Track width front 62 Rear 52.5 E) Overall height 74.5 Width across tanks 72F) ENGINE GENERAL ELECTRIC J47 TurboJetG) 6,000 lbs THRUST at 7950 RPM H) Weight approx 5000 lbs
We have included several newspaper articles for your viewing
to show you that this AUCTION IS THE REAL DEAL !
Likewise the Birdwell Estate has ALBUM/S of ORIGINAL
PRESS RELEASES / ADS / POSTERS / ET TIME SLIPS
that 100% AUTHENTICATE THIS CAR and AUCTION
The family wants to retain some keep-sakes however
copies are easily done for the buyer
This auction is a final sale for this BARN FIND JET DRAGSTER
Any associated parts / cables / related items
including the original trailer ( open trailer )
all go with this sale .
We are Davis Motorsports of Reno We have been in business selling ProfessionalDrag Race , Bonneville and Nascar Race Teams nation-wide since 1958.
We also have an associate business where wesell used Nascar Xfinity and Cup cars
All information was provided by the original seller and now the current seller . It is the responsibility of the buyer to inspect car prior to bidding and purchasing. Current seller will be 100% co-operative in showing car and spares to buyer or buyers agent / mechanic forinspection to the satisfaction of the bidder / buyer.
************* Feel free to askany questions about this car thru ebay messages Car & Parts are for sale as is / where is with no warranty.The UNTOUCHABLE has it own OPEN TRAILER with ( OLD ) ZERO MILES TRAILER TIRES JET CAR HAS RECENT 0 MILES V RATED TIRES
THIS ENTIRE RACE CAR ANDTRAILER HAVE BEEN IN STORAGE FOR PAST 26 YEARS !
Trailer has been stored outside ...JET CAR has been 100% INSIDE STORAGE in the BEST STORAGE CLIMATE IN THE USA ................RENO NEVADA No RUST ... NO CORROSION JET CAR IS IN SAME CONDITION AS THE LAST DAYIT ROLLED OFF THE DRAGSTRIP
JET CAR , SPARE PARTS and TRAILER ARE LOCATED IN RENO , NEVADA
Do not use the calculator for shipping. Ebay calculator does not take into accountshipping of sizes / weight of this auction.
Shipping is the responsibility of the BUYER .30 DAYS of FREE STORAGE is offered to allow the buyer time to transport. It is the buyers responsibility to have buyers / owners insurance .
OUTSIDE USA BUYERS ....
Thus auction does not have OPTION for INTERNATIONAL BUYERS
however we can still sell you this auction. SALES MUST
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Below are several NEWSPAPER ARTICLES copied off the internet .All articles were posted on for public viewing ENJOY !
In 1960, drag racing changed in a big way when Akron, Ohio"s Walt Arfons discarded his big Allison piston engine and dropped in a J-47 jet fighter engine into his home built chassis and the class known as jet cars was born. His Green Monster jet dragster opened the flood gates for this unique style of drag car.On the West Coast a young Romeo Palamides put together his Infinity jet car, not for the drag strip but for a land speed record attempt. The Infinity proved to be an ill-fated venture for the Oakland, California jet car builder when on September 10, 1962, his driver Glenn Leasher, lost his life while at the controls. Romeo then returned to his home base away from the Bonneville Salt Flats where things went so horribly wrong for him and his driver. Palamides then turned his attention to the drag strip and his line of jet cars known as The Untouchable jet dragsters.
I lived in Oakland, California, not far from Oakland Airport. Around the airport were many shops and small hangers and little did I know that one of those many shops was the hub of jet car racing on the West Coast, the home base of Romeo Palamides and his The Untouchable jet car. Since I was a rabid drag race fan, I saw quite a bit of Palamides creations at our home track in Fremont, California where he went to test and tune and I went to take pictures.
On March 31, 1963, at San Gabe, Bob Smith drove The Untouchable jet down the track against Tommy Ivo"s top fuel car opening up yet another door for the jet car in drag racing. It was cool, to see The Untouchable jet race local bay area top fuel dragsters. Not only was Palamides" The Untouchable the first jet car to race a top fuel car but it was also the other half of the first side by side jet car match race. In 1963, Bob Smith in The Untouchable jet car squared off against the Bill Fredricks owned Valkyrie with daring Gary Gabelich at the wheel in Bakersfield, California. Gabelich took two of three races from Bob Smith to be the victor in jet car racing"s first side by side match race.
Back to the bay area and my early accounting of the adventures of Palamides jet cars at Fremont Raceway. I was able to photograph a bevy of Romeo"s creations at Fremont including The Untouchables with either Bob Smith or J. D. Zink at the controls, the California Kid with Al Biscay driving or the Palamides jet funny cars; The Char jet and California Kid both with Charger bodies and Don Beeman behind the wheel.
If you think that Palamides was the only jet car owner in NorCal, well you would be wrong. Businessman Jack Birdwell owned the Palamides prepped Scorpian jet dragster and I believe this was a former The Untouchable but I can"t confirm it. This car was driven by Ray Appel.
On April 29, 1962, the late Glenn Leasher drove The Untouchable
the first six second ET at Fremont, California
at 6.99 seconds and 207.36 mph. After Leasher died in Palamides LSR car Infinity at Bonneville
on September 10, 1962, Bob Smith took over the controls of The Untouchable
and ran in the first ever side by side jet match race
against Gary Gabelich who was driving Bill Fredrick"s Valkyrie jet at Bakersfield,
California in 1963. This is how The Untouchable looked in 1964 when I first saw
..In October of 1966, the Waters and Edmunds top fuel dragster
squared off against Romeo Palamides" The Untouchable jet car.
John The Black Knight Edmunds was at the controls of the
Waters and Edmunds top fuel car and J.D. Zink was at the helm of The Untouchable.
This pairing was incredible to watch at night.... The other jet car in Northern California was the Palamides prepped
Scorpian owned by Jack Birdwell and driven by J.D. Zink
or Ray Appel. 1968 was my first sighting of Birdwell"s Scorpian.... Here is Romeo Palamides" shiny new The Untouchable jet car
with Don Beeman at the wheel at Fremont, California in 1968.With a J-47 jet fighter engine, a jet car produces 6,000 horsepower
and 9,000 horsepower with an afterburner at 5,000 pounds. It"s that Gustin guy again, this time the Ohio based racer was paired with Romeo Palamides and they raced their Smith Brothers Cough Drop
jet funny car. The Gustin and Palamides partnerhsip lasted long enough to
produce this funny car and a jet dragster. Gustin was a businessman
and always looking for the best sponsorships for his racing ventures.
When racers were struggling for sponsorship, Gustin sported Proctor and Gamble
on the side of his soon to come Lava Machine team jet funny cars.
Knowing his way around the business world,
sure helped Gustin in his racing career. ... A Drag News ad from 1963 touted the first ever
side by side jet dragster race between the Bill Fredricks owned
The Valkyrie driven by Gary Gabelich and the Romeo Palamides
owned The Untouchable driven by Bob Smith.
This event took place in Bakersfield, Californ