For Sale: 1955 Woodill Wildfire

For  Sale
1955  Woodill  Wildfire
Professional  Body-Off  Restoration  (2024)

—   Cadillac  V8  Power  With  Three  Carburetors  —
—   Automatic  Transmission  —

Pricing  /  Availability

The car is located in Phoenix, Arizona and is available for purchase at $79,900

Contact  Jess  Marshall  at  (602) 292-5188  or


The Woodill Wildfire is one of the first postwar American sports cars.  Available in late 1952, the Wildfire was originally proposed as a prototype sports car for the Willys motor car company by B.R. “Woody” Woodill.  After the Willys Corporation was purchased by Kaiser in late 1952, the Kaiser Darrin was chosen as their sports car and B.R. Woodill moved forward and created his own independent sports car company.

The Wildfire quickly became one of the best known sports car companies in America and was featured in popular movies of the time such as “Johnny Dark”, “Written on the Wind” and “Knock on Wood.”  100 examples – bodies and sports cars – were built over approximately 5 years.    Less than 20 restored examples of Woodill Wildfire sports cars exist today.

This  Car

The engine is a 1960-61 Cadillac 3 carburetor with a Hydramatic transmission.  It has just completed a body-off restoration.  Clean Arizona title.  It also includes a rare unrestored top.  It’s ready for shows, cruise-ins, parades or just fun driving.

Technical  Specifications


  • 1961 Cadillac engine  V-8, 390HP, 6.4L, OHV 33
  • 3 Rochester Carbs.
  • General Motors Hydra-Matic automatic transmission
  • Front suspension 1948 Ford
  • Chevrolet Rear-end
  • Dual exhaust

Chassis, Suspension and Brakes:

  • Rebuilt brakes, wheel cylinders, master cylinder
  • Wheelbase:  101″
  • Track:  56″


  • Early Ferrari red
  • Original, unrestored, top frame goes with car

Hood  and  Trunk:

  • Newly Molded Hood plus mold, that goes with car


  • New red with white inserts, vinyl upholstery
  • New red carpeting
  • All new dash instruments

Additional  Features:

  • New Coker white wall tires on
  • Standard wheels of the era
  • 12V electrical
  • Additional information, magazine articles, etc. included with sale


  • VIN # 9964
  • 1st sold to A. Koch May 23, 1955
  • He paid $ 65 for the frame
  • $ 140 for body

Additional  Detail

Condition:  This Wildfire benefited from a body-off professional with over 50 years of experience.

Concours  Embraced:  American handcrafted specials have been welcomed across the country, and in recent years this has expanded to rallys, special exhibitions and more.  What drives interest in these cars is the unique design and history of the build – in every case a story that is a “one of one.”  Since 2007, major concours such as Amelia and Pebble Beach have held classes of these cars on several occasions, and both the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance and the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance have featured classes of these cars in 2023 and 2024.

Auction Results / Comparable Sales:  Click Here To View Auction Results For American Specials

Hagerty Valuation Guide: Click  Here  To  View  Hagerty  Valuation  Guide

Modern  Photos


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