Big Oly (and PJ himself) featured prominently in the original 1974 Gone in 60 Seconds movie. It was one of the vehicles needed for the heist. They toured his facility. The days of big hairs & flares, for sure!
I'm not a modified car and race car owner. I did not know that the same gauge maker for the common British car - Smith's - was used in racecars. I see them in the 1974 Parnelli VPJ-4 Formula 1 car here. Who says British car electronics suck, and run on captured smoke? These could pretty much all be mechanical (not electrical) gauges - although it is likely at least the tachometer is not.
Smith's instruments were and are very accurate, to the point of a steadily dropping needle on the oil pressure gauge telling you that the last bit of oil is rapidly escaping your British-built (fill in the blank) 's engine and is about to expire.
Ol' Calhoun is my favorite of all Indy racers. This vehicle isn't authentic unless the external oil tank has a crack in its side. That crack led to the funniest Indy story I know of. It led to a confrontation between Fengler (Chief Steward) and Agajanian (car owner). They stood toe-to-toe and nose-to-nose screaming at each other. This circus-like show went on and on until the oil in #98 went below the crack, and ceased leaking. Agajanian turned and headed for his south pit while Harlan re-took his throne on the start-finish line. Everyone in our section gave them an ovation (we were in the section in Tower terrace right on the start-finish line). My dad and I had such a good time we went back the next year, and the years afterwards. No more oil leaks but let me tell you about bearing failure in a turbine powered race car.....
As I'm an old gearhead, it'd have to be the track Roadster! All the newer vehicles just seem to leave me hanging. But, that Track Roadster, that is something else. That'd have to just sit next to my "32 Ford 5 window highboy.
The '70 Boss would be my choice for a bid. It's absolutely gorgeous! It brings back memories of my childhood and my young love affair with cars. Although I was only 8 years old in 1970, I loved my cars. Unfortunately, the closest thing an 8 year old boy could get to owning a vehicle was a Matchbox/Hot Wheels collection. And I made the most of it by collecting as many as I could. I believe I did have this style Mustang in my collection.
The Model T Roadster track car is not a 1927, but either a 1924 or 1925. Either way, I would ruin it by removing the FoMoCo flathead and replacing it with a period, modified 394 Oldsmobile V8. Then the car would be perfect!
Give me the 1960 Offy. 1) its cool & beautiful 2) its a replica - many think this is bad, but it makes it affordable and therefore drivable 3) it looks to be authentic enough to give you same thrill as the real deal.