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  Scarab Mk I Chevrolet
 

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Country of origin:United States
Produced in:1958
Numbers built:1
Designed by:Chuck Pelly
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:August 04, 2010
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Chassis: 001
Reventlow held onto his Scarab road car until his untimely death. Compared to the racing specification, the modification for street use included a full interior, a Porsche sourced windscreen, mufflers and a milder carburetted engine, which required a hood scoop. Between 1972 and 1978 Reventlow's estate loaned the car to the fabulous Cunningham museum and subsequently sold the car to Californian Scarab enthusiast and historic racer Don Orosco. He set about bringing the Mk I Scarab back to its original condition. He had authenticity at the top of his priority list and a result found himself looking through scrap-yards for suitable 283 Corvette V8 blocks for a new engine. Once he had tracked down sufficient blocks, he had Frank Coon himself modify the blocks the same way as he had done some twenty years earlier.

The thorough restoration was completed in time for the 1984 Monterey Historic Races where Orosco and above all the legendary Scarab stole the show. Orosco absolutely dominated his race, beating the competition of old by quite a margin. In the following years, he continued to actively campaign the beautiful metallic blue racer at all major events on both sides of the Atlantic. He also acquired two of the Formula 1 cars, which proved to be much more successful in his hands than they ever were in the past. A few years ago, he sold the Scarab Mk I to its current and third owner. The very fast Orosco still owns the Formula 1 cars as well as a replica of the Mk I built by Dick Troutman. The current owner is seen above during the 2005 Monterey Historic Races and again in 2009 when he won his race, beating Orosco in a Lotus 15.


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