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How to Look Good at 140 MPH: Tony Nancy’s Buick-Powered 22 Jr. Balanced Speed and Style

Posted December 30, 2015 9:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: auction livery paint job racing

Raw speed, indeed, is the only thing that'll get a racer to the finish line first - chrome don't get you home, as they say - but developing a professional image counts for plenty more, as Tony Nancy proved. His roadsters not only set records on the dragstrip, they looked good doing so, and perhaps the most successful of them (on both fronts) will head to auction next month.

While Nancy has most often been described as an upholsterer - his upholstery shop in Sherman Oaks, California, certainly paid the bills - he was more of a Renaissance man who, as Ken Gross wrote for Hemmings Muscle Machines, "could do it all, from upholstery to paint, to engine and chassis building, to driving and winning." His first roadster, built in the mid- to late 1950s, continued to use a flathead Ford V-8 long after the drag racing world had embraced the new overhead-valve V-8s coming out of Detroit, but it was thanks to Nancy's attention to details that many of his competitors overlooked (along with the honkin' supercharger atop the flathead) that the roadster often beat out its supposedly better-equipped challengers and made its way to magazine covers.

A racing roadster with a recognizable livery is headed for sale.

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12/31/2015 7:16 AM

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