This 1972 Chevy Monte Carlo was once the property and steed of Jack “Ironman” Ingram. Ingram was one of the sport’s best racers in the Busch Grand National division. He racked up an impressive list of stats over the course of a career that spanned decades. Ingram was the first Grand National driver to win a race with a V6, the first to earn a million dollars in the Grand National series, and when he hung it up in the early 90s he was the winningest driver in the series with 31 checkered flags to his name. This 1972 Monte Carlo was part of that winning heritage and according to the ad, it held a speed record at Charlotte and was so good that when Ingram was done it was later raced by David Pearson and Donnie Allison.
So what sets this one apart from other race cars of the era other than its cool looks? For starters it was built by Banjo Matthews who was the single most dominant NASCAR chassis builder of the 1970s and 80s. There’s an amazing stat that in a 10 year period 72% of the race winning cars in the sport were built by the Banjo Matthews shop. This is long before the days of today’s mega-teams. But back to this car.
Powered by a 364ci small block Chevy engine and hooked to a four speed, the mechanical end of the thing is brutally simple and cool. While the engine and trans may not be all that exciting to talk about, the suspension and chassis is. There is an under car shot below that really shows how cool the car is. The four shock absorbers at the rear, the truck arms, the beefy control arms out front, and just the tank like nature of the thing’s construction is ver much contrasted by today’s oddly shaped and insanely engineered cars. It is all evolution but we like this version better.
The Roadkill boys and their Nascarlo build had us smiling for days. This one has us drooling and longing to own it for the history below. We’d take it vintage racing and let that small block roar as well as letting that Banjo Matthews engineering do what it was intended to!
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