‘Vette under the skin: 1955 Woodill Wildfire

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Among the various manufacturers who built fiberglass bodies between the 50s and 70s, there was also B.R. “Woody” Woodill a Willys dealer from Downey, California.

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He started to build two specials, one for him and one for a customer, the cars were completed in time for the ’52 Los Angeles Motorama and they had a great success so Woody was unexpectedly inundated with order inquiries: it is said that 90 Wildfires were built back then, based on Ford components. Today, it seems that about 15 survive.

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This car in particular belonged to the same owner from 1955 to 2013: in the early 70s he modified the car to accept several Chevrolet Corvette components including a 396 V8. In addition he built a custom frame using the independent rear suspension of a 1963 Corvette with a later Chevrolet front end suspension. Once discovered, the car has been basically ground-up rebuilt. Find it for sale a $49,000 here in Little Rock, AS.

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