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In the immediate years following WWII, the subculture of hot-rodding exploded on the dry lakes of Southern California, and one of the early pioneers was Regg Schlemmer. His record-breaking Class C roadster was first exhibited to the world on the cover of the premiere issue of Hot Rod magazine in January 1948.
Presented here is a re-creation of Schlemmer’s roadster featuring many period-correct items such as the chrome-moly safety cage with roll bar and support tubes, side exhaust pipes, and abundant hood louvers. The red leather interior and adjustable steering column, which the original lacked, offer driver and passenger comfort.
The Roadster is powered by GM’s durable fuel-injected 305 V-8 engine and mated to the robust GM 700R4 automatic transmission for easy touring as well as spirited driving. The Lincoln Posi-Traction differential transmits the V-8 power to the road for maximum efficiency, and Corvette disc brakes are utilized for quick and efficient stopping power. While the original roadster had a primitive rear solid axle with leaf springs, this example features a coil-over four-link rear suspension for improved handling. Its reliability has been proven by its cross-country sojourn from California to the Street Rod Nationals with just under 19,300 miles on the odometer. Ready to impress on the road or the show field, this Roadster will surely provide years of driving excitement.