The 2020 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance was quite an event. Three different American Specials in three different classes which included a 1959 Devin “D” sports car, the one-off “1952 Voodoo Gardner Special” and today’s story – a 1958 Victress S1A sports car.
Let’s check out some photos of their Victress at Amelia and we’ll begin by sharing the history of it as posted on the Amelia signage for the car.
The Story on the Sign:
To make it easier to read, the copy of the sign appears below.
“The Victress Manufacturing Company of North Hollywood, California produced several different kit car bodies from 1952 through 1961. A wind tunnel was used to form the very aerodynamic shape of the S1A. A Chrysler-powered example was driven to 203.105 mph in August, 1953 at Bonneville, resulting in the company’s marketing phrase “Victress – World’s Fastest Sports Car.”
The S1A body was designed to fit on a variety of chassis, so no two are alike. This car is built on a C-1 Corvette RPO (Regular Production Option) 687 big brake chassis. The engine is a small-block Chevrolet, the recommended power for the Victress. Displacement has been increased to 333 cubic inches and it sports a Vertex magneto, six Stromberg carburetors and a manual Chevrolet transmission.
Restoration was completed in 2019. This is the first time the car has been shown or displayed.”
On The Field: 1958 Victress S1A
Let’s take a look at some photos.
What a beautiful restoration that Jim Weddle and his team completed. Great job guys! The attention to detail is superb and the dashboard “Victress” emblem looks perfect. Nicely done.
We look forward to future Victress specials being completed and shown on the lawn of concours and car shows across the country and will keep you posted with what we and our Undiscovered Classics brethren see across the continents.
Hope you enjoyed the story, and remember…
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