1959 Scarab Mark II Sports Racer
The most exact and authentic replica of a Scarab Mk II in existence
FIA approved and has HTP passport, eligible for historic racing
Expertly reproduced from Augie Pabst's Scarab Mk II by Scarab Motorsports
Created to represent the Meister Brauser Scarab Mk II raced from 1959-1963
Original members of the racing team were utilized during the build
Never raced or tracked since created
Authenticity letter from the Scarab builders, drivers, designers and mechanics, stating that this car is exact duplicate of the original #2 car
Bored and stroked 339 cubic inch 1958 small block 283 Chevrolet
In all of vintage racing, there is no more desirable or collectible category of cars than the front-engined sports racers that ran in international and SCCA competition from the mid 1950s into the early 1960s. As a group, they embody the beautiful shapes, wonderful sounds, and exhilarating performance that defines historic racing.
Reventlow Automobiles Inc, or RAI, produced some of the finest and most sought-after group of cars to ever come out during this period of racing: the Mk I and Mk II Scarabs. Founded and led by American Lance Reventlow, only 3 of these legendary cars were built in the late 50's, and these dominating "Sports-Racers" were designed and built by a small number of like-minded individuals and as a newly established group of people. Aided by Warren Olsen, a talented race car mechanic, Reventlow was able to build a team that at the time was composed of some of the best individuals in the business of racing. With one left hand drive Mark I chassis produced and two right hand drive Mark II chassis made later on, these lightweight racers would find success early on and now have become immortalized in the world of automobile racing.
With only three of these fantastic race cars in existence and none seemingly leaving the private collections that they were in, there was a hufe demand for these vintage Scarabs. Dick Kitzmiller, owner of Scarab Motorsports, was known for building period correct street-legal replica versions of the Scarabs and wanted to create a reproduction of a Scarab that would be unmatched by anything else in the world. Dick spoke with Harry Heuer, the individual who purchased the #2 chassis from Lance Reventlow in the late 50's and raced it under the Meister Brauser livery, and explained his plan. Harry put Dick in contact with none other than Augie Pabst himself, one of the original drivers of the highly successful car and the current owner. Dick and Augie went back and forth and with the plan for building the ultimate reproduction coming more and more info focus, Pabst agreed to allow to have the likeness of his car recreated.
With Augie allowing his car to be reproduced, the real work began for Dick and Scarab Motorsports. Having made Scarab recreations by hand before, Dick was extremely knowledgeable about what measurements were needed to recreate the amazing racecar. Traveling to Augie's estate where the Scarab was housed, Dick and Don DeVine spent 2 days measuring and documenting each and every possible square inch of the car, taking into account proportions, colors, finishes and materials. Copious amounts of notes were recorded to ensure that the car was recreated to the exact measurements and standards that the original car was with no deviation. All of the parts necessary to recreate the car needed to be specifically designed, engineered and developed just for this application. As research continued to yield more and more information, the build could finally begin. Spanning over the course of two years and over 4,000+ hours, the reproduction of Scarab chassis #2 would be a creation of the ages.
The striking visuals of the Scarabs are spellbinding and the utmost importance was placed on having the exact dimensions, proportions and measurements be accurate. The evocative racing bodywork, with flowing aluminum sheet metal and elegant details, were all handcrafted and made to be exactly the same dimensions as the original car and painted in the Meister Brauser Race Team colors. The tig welded tubular chromoly spaceframe that the aluminum is fastened to was expertly fabricated and finished to have even the same weld patterns as the original. Lexan and aluminum headlight covers contain the 7" Classic headlights, with Porsche 550 brake lights fitted in the rear. Suspension and brakes were given the same attention to detail, even going the lengths of making patterns and casting brand new inboard aluminum finned brake drums with iron liners. De Dion rear suspension with custom hubs, coils and tubular shocks are accurate, including camber/toe-in adjustability, and the period-correct quick change differential setup completes the rear end. Magnesium Sebring-style Halibrand kidney bean wheels fit the front with "Champ" style wheels in the rear with the correct vintage gold finish, all wrapped in Dunlop vintage racing tires.
One of the Scarab's most iconic features is the small block Chevrolet V8 which roars down the straightaways and pushes the racecar out of the corners with haste. Beginning with a 1958 238 cubic inch V8, as they did in period, the engine was bored out to 339 cubic inches. Exactly like the race car performing in the day, an original Lehman front drive was added and powers the water pump, original Joe Hunt Magneto and the fuel pump. 1958 Corvette high performance cylinder heads were added, a custom crank was machined and an original T10 Borg Warner transmission was sourced and installed in the car. The complete side pipe exhaust system, including the headers, were fabricated from scratch, ensuring that each and every bend, measurement and surface was as original. A custom radiator was fabricated and an original style aluminum fuel tank design was created with an interior FIA safety cell. When installed and put on the dyno, the Scarab produced a stout 446 horsepower at 6300rpm and 407ft/lb of torque at 5200rpm.
No less attention to detail was paid inside of the cockpit, where all of the parts, materials and finishes are period correct. Custom made aluminum vintage style racing seats were covered in black leather, surrounded by aluminum interior cockpit panels. The aluminum dashboard is finished in a black wrinkle coating, a fire suppression system was installed, and the windshield and side curtains are made from Lexan. Correct Stewart Warner NOS gauges were installed along with the correcting wiring panel on the left of the dash with all the correlating switches and dials. A Bell steering wheel was sourced and then installed, a period correct addition that was difficult to find. The fastidious collector even had the St. Christopher medallion casted from a mold of the original, which was given to Lance Reventlow by his mother during the car's racing days and said, "When all else fails, pray". With all of the parts fabricated and finished, sitting inside of the Scarab transports you back to the late 50's when the Scarabs dominated the field of racers.
After the long journey of 2 years, countless hours of research and man hours recreating the legendary second Scarab, the car was finally completed. Original Scarab builders, drivers, designer, and mechanics, including even Bruce Kessler, Sonny Balcaen, Chuck Pelly, and Harry Heuer, have stated that the car is an exact duplicate of the original #2 car. The last step was to certify the racecar via the FIA and receiving its HTP passport. Taking close to a month while showing documentation, explaining the story behind the car and ultimately how incredible the car was allowed it to receive its certification to become race legal and capable of racing in historic events.
Presented now is a perfect duplicate of the second Scarab built, raced in 1958 by Lance Reventlow's RAI team and then successfully raced by the Meister Brauser team in the 1959 and 1960 seasons. With Augie Pabst at the helm, the #2 saw an impressive amount of victories and extremely successful racing career. The car that this Scarab was modeled after was also raced by Jim Jeffords, Harry Heuer, and Carroll Shelby, which now is in a private collection. With all 3 original Scarabs in private collections, this racecar provides the rare and unique opportunity to own a Scarab Mk II that is eligible to enter vintage and historic race events. As an exact replica, the likes of historic races such as Goodwood and other classic European events are now a possibility where almost no one is used to seeing a Scarab out on a race circuit or even out in public for that matter. With its unbelievable build, from an unmatched attention to detail where period-correct thinking was king, a signed certificate of authenticity by original people involved with the car, replicated from the best example of a Scarab in existence, and certified for historic racing events, this Scarab now offers a lucky 4th person in the world to own and race a Scarab Mk II.
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