1970 Oldsmobile Pace Car! AMAZING HISTORY!
Price: - Item location: Itasca, Illinois, United States
- Condition: Used
- Make: Oldsmobile
- Model: Cutlass
- SubModel: Y74
- Type: Convertible
- Trim: Most Documented Pace Car Ever!
- Year: 1970
- Mileage: 50,000
- Color: White
- Engine size: 350
- Number of cylinders: 8
- Fuel: Gasoline
- Transmission: Automatic
- Drive type: RWD
- Interior color: Black
- Drive side: LHD
- Vehicle Title: Clear Want to buy? Contact seller!
1970 Oldsmobile Cutlass Most Documented Pace Car Ever!1970 Oldsmobile Cutlass Y74 Pace Car #762 Owner CarExcellent #2 Car51,000 Documented MilesOut of 120 or so Festival Cars..only 63 ever seen the track...this one did!
If you are looking for a car with documentation and a story...it gets no better than this car!
This is Festival Car number 76, which was driven by Winston Churchill, not THAT Winston Churchill...but the Chief of Police, Indianapolis Indiana. That Winston Churchill.
Now, the story behind Winston Churchill is a colorful one. He was known as the most corrupt Police Chief in Indiana history. He was ousted by Mayor Lugar in 1974 due to widespread corruption into the 1,100 member department. He was known for his corruption during the Indianapolis 500 races as well. It is pretty widely known thatold Churchill was known for getting his way. He was the last person to pick up his "loaner" Pace Car from the fairgrounds and was irate with Officials that he didn't get a 442 Pace Car and got a Cutlass Pace Car instead.
He left the car at the fairgrounds On April 1, 1970 and said "call me when a 442 Pace Car arrives." E. W. Method Jr. then Oldsmobile event coordinator sent the car back to GM styling in a hurry. It wasn't a good idea to upset Police Chief Churchill. It was pretty much a trick. The car was rebadged as a 442...and rushed back down to Indianapolis to Churchill, who tookpossession of the car on April 6, 1970. Churchill drove the car until June 12, when in all reality he was supposed to return it June 3. Churchill and Lexy Demetroff drove the car to Rice Oldsmobile in Fort Wayne and said "we'll take it". He traded in Churchills Amphicar and Demetroffs Fiat for the car...bad trade if you ask me!
Now lets talk about Alexander "Lexy" Demetroff...Lexy owned dozens of restaurants and millions in real estate in Indy and was the purchasing agent for the City of Indianapolis. Coincidental...or is it? You be the judge.
This story was actually covered by Indianapolis Star reporters Dick Cady andHarley Bierce...and the story of Winston Churchill won these reporters the Pulitzer Prize!Then...Churchill had Cady and Bierce arrested on some "trumped up charges"...which were later dropped.
Then, at a "who's-who" of Indiana poker game in 1971 a individual who I won't name here...won the car at a lucky game of poker.
This person actually collected cars, and kept the car from 1971 until I purchased the whole collection!
Nothing really changed on the car from 1971 until now. It was kept in a climate controlled garage...got one high quality repaint in 2002, and is otherwise all original...sans tires and consumables. It has 51,000 documented miles on it. The car has 100% original interior in immaculate condition, the exterior is STILL a 10, the car was always a show piece...and runs and drives like a 50,000 mile car. The chrome is perfect...a true survivor! Original W-25 Air Cleaner with the "70" date coded into it...original base with the correct spaced holes. Nicely detailed engine compartment. The original carburetor is not on the car, but included. Nothing reproduced on this car.
Now stories are just that...stories. Documentation is paramount! Everything I have said above is DOCUMENTED.
The car includes the following documentation:-"Original Pace Car Driver Instruction Sheet"--"1970 Pace Car Information Packet"--"Indiana State Police Accident Report"- (Blank) and envelope (If you get into accident) This car was not in a accident and this was given to all festival cars.-"Original Sales Invoice to A. T. Demetroff" Dated June 12, 1970 from Rice Oldsmobile-"Indy 500 Pace Car Release"- signed by Winston Churchill Dated April 6, 1970--"Plastic Oldsmobile Warranty Booklet"--"Rice OldsmobileMaintenance Folder"--"Protect-O-Plate"--"Window Sticker"--"Handwritten plain paper note"- from Oldsmobile to "rebadge" the car.-"various photos of the car throughout its life"-
This is a Power Steering Power Brake Power Top Y74 Pace Car
Now, this carcan't get any more documented. It's never been for sale before, and has a unique and easily documented past.
The car is ALL #'s matching...I mean look at this invoice I've included...this car is for the "Serious Collector" and is not just some Y74 Pace Car replica that gets its' value in a Y74 on a cowl tag and a W-25 hood.
This car has a history of being at "Indy"...it has a history of a corrupt Police Force and high poweredpolitics. It has a history of 46 years of some of the best care a car could have.
Yep, it might not be a "442", it's actually got more character and more history in regards to the "1970 Indy 500" than the actual #1 or #2 Pace car...and likely has more paperwork as well.
I've included some of the documentation and a few photos. I assume the serious buyer who wants this car will call...and discuss the car. The car is offered for sale out of a private collection.
I have not advertised this car anywhere, but I am liquidating my collection. If you want a "needs nothing" car with a REAL story...this is it. My cell is (630) 273-7595. I consider myself very knowledgable when it comes to these cars.
I firmly believe the "more photos" messages are not real buyers.
I have a Central Dispatch account for shipping...so if you need shipping...I can cut the Broker fees out.