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Country of origin:United States
Produced in:1953
Numbers built:One-Off
Designed by:Richard Bosley
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:March 25, 2015
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Click here to download printer friendly versionA horticulturist by trade, Richard Bosley was a sports car enthusiast, who owned an Oldsmobile Rocket 88 and a Jaguar XK120 in 1952, when he was just 21 years old. He dreamt about building a sports car of his own and grew even more determined when he saw Luigi Chinetti arrive at Sebring in a beautiful Vignale bodied Ferrari. Despite having received no formal engineering training, Bosley had to rely on himself for most of the work as his hometown of Formal, Ohio was far away from Detroit or the booming custom car scene in California.

Bosley built a chassis from scratch using four-inch diamater steel tubes. The double-wishbone front-end was derived from a Ford, while most of the components of the rear suspension came off a 1948 Mercury. The young Ohioan had read a detailed description of the rear axle used on the Le Mans-winning Jaguar C-Type and used this as inspiration to make some modifications to the design. These included the addition of triple trailing arms and coil springs instead of the torsion-bar springs originally used. Sizeable drum brakes from another Ford subsidiary, Lincoln, were fitted.

To power his new sports car, Bosley looked beyond the blue oval and instead installed a Chrysler FirePower or HEMI V8. This mammoth of an engine, with its famous hemispherical combustion chambers, tipped the scales at over 900 lbs (408 kg). Equipped with the optional four-carburettor manifold, it produced around 220 bhp. The big HEMI V8 was mated to a Borg Warner four-speed gearbox with overdrive. This was connected through an open prop-shaft to a Halibrand quick-change rear-end. Prepared for long distance runs, Bosley fitted the car with a massive 55 gallon fuel tank.

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