1965 Gerhardt Offenhauser Indy Car
The 1965 Gerhardt Indy chassis was almost a direct copy of the highly successful Lotus 29 Formula one car, well know for their outright speed and excellent handling characteristics. Chassis 001 was originally purchased by team owner Ernie Ruiz for Driver Ronnie Duman who qualified the car a respectable 12th position at the 1965 Indianapolis 500 with a speed of 154.533 MPH. Unfortunately Duman retired on lap 62 with a mechanical failure. Jim Clark’s Lotus 38 went on to win the race making it the first Indy 500 win for a rear engine car.
Subsequently the Gerhardt was campaigned sporadically by Ruiz through the 1966 season after which being disassembled and stored for many years before a complete restoration in 1993. In 2012 the car was given a cosmetic and mechanical refresh.
The car was a 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed and 2015 Brands Hatch Speed Festival participant. documentation includes FIA Historical Identity forms and HSCC papers. Eligible for some of the worlds most prestigious events including Goodwood, Historic Indy, etc.
Excellent restored condition. Fresh mechanical and cosmetic restoration with only 2 events since completion. Minor race preparation would be needed for competition purposes.
251 CU IN Offenhauser / Approximately 500 hp. Low time.
Halibrand 2 speed with extra housing on the rear with 2 extra gears making it a 4 speed for road coursesHalibrand 4 Speed (H64).
An opportunity to acquire an important car and ultra rare car from a golden era of long distance oval racing. The car is currently located in the UK, we can assist with cost efficient shipping.