Local Kroc-A-Gator to be auctioned off
Tue, 25 Jan 2011 20:10:23 GMT —
UPDATED: February 3 at 9:21 a.m.
KHQA's Jarod Wells spoke with a representative of Mecum Actions Thursday morning and verified that the 'Kroc-A-Gator' has not been sold yet.
They believe there is a current deal in progress, however, their computer systems were down at the time of our call.
The last highest bid was tracked at $140,000.
A rare piece of Quincy and national racing history will be auctioned off this weekend.
The Chrysler Corporation manufactured just 55 Plymouth Hemi Savoys back in 1964.
Of those 55, only about ten are still known to be in existence.
One of those cars was first owned by Quincy native Jack Briggs.
That car disappeared for many years, but has now turned up at an auction in Florida.
KHQA's Jarod Wells was able to catch up with a few people who saw the car known as the 'Kroc-A-Gator' race.
Greg Howe said, "That car was built to race, flat out."
Jerry Stone said, "It was built just for racing, that's all there was to it."
The Plymouth Hemi Savoy known as the 'Kroc-A-Gator' was manufactured on May 27 of 1964. It was given that name because of its green exterior color. It was delivered to the Quincy Trading Post on June 9th of the same year. The Greg Howe and Jerry Stone remember seeing the car race in Kahoka, Missouri back in '64, to hear them talk though you would think it was yesterday.
Greg Howe said, "I was eating my heart out. It was extremely fast and when you're a 16 year old kid and you're just getting into racing, that's utopia."
Jerry Stone said, "That was just awesome. I mean the power, it was just the ultimate car, that's all there was to it. And to be from the factory just that way, that was just everybody's dream."
Howe said, "It was a super light car. It had an aluminum front end, and when I say front end, the front fenders, hood. The doors were aluminum. If I remember right the trunk was also aluminum. The bumpers were fiberglass if I'm remembering right, they were either fiberglass or aluminum. the body of the car was acid dipped to decrease the weight on it."
The factory said this car was pushing out 425 horsepower.
Stone said, "They claimed to be 425 horse, they were probably making 500-550 horse."
Howe said, "It was a factory race car. That was very unusual that that car was in this part of the country. Most of the cars like that were either on the east coast or west coast, being raced by big time racers at the time."
This car had some big competition
Stone said, "Just big name owners of more than even one car. So for that car to be in Quincy was extremely rare."
This picture was taking back in 1967. More than 40 years later the car formally known as 'Kroc-A-Gator' has taken on a new look. And the car that cost about $3,500 back in 1964, these two car guys expect it to go for no less than $100,000 at auction.
The 'Kroc-A-Gator' will be auctioned off this Saturday, January 29th in Kissimmee, Florida.
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