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The History of "Poison Ivy"
This antique coupe was owned and raced on the beaches of Daytona by the great Lee Petty. Later handed down to one of his sons, Maurice Petty, a former NASCAR crew chief and engine builder. It was turned into his daily driver and received the nickname "Poison Ivy" after the 1950's song by The Coasters. Originally white as a race car, it was repainted black for Maurice's personal touch.
PETTY’S GARAGE BUILD PLANS:
After landing back in our hands here at the shop, Richard Petty recognized it as the original family car. Our goal is to bring it back to original state as it was in Maurice Petty's hands.
We will be restoring the body and frame and giving it the original paint job when it was in Maurice's ownership which was black.
The interior will also be freshened up along with the insides of the doors; which back in the day came with real wood and had wood screws holding it all together! We will be giving it some new wood to mimick exactly how it was put together in those years.
So far most of the panels have been taken off the car and the engine has been replaced, built and painted. The engine will be a late 50's Oldsmobile V-8 J2 Golden rocket which was built by Maurice's grandson Timmy Petty. Equipped with three two-barrel carburetors and a 10.0:1 compression ratio, it's enough to bring back fast memories of the past.
Stay tuned as we continue bringing new life to this antique!
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