After his humiliating defeat at BRC '66, the driver of the infamous car #50 at the BRC 1966, better known as the “Rado Communt”, became rather bitter. He drove home and lived the next 10 years of his life far away from racing culture, though he was rather happy after the car was destroyed in the BRC 1976 QuER. Two decades later and he hears of an illegal race taking place in Europe. Since he had also drifted away from Rado after they made a deal with the communists to build the Communt in the first place, he felt like getting something he felt was truly American.
The story of this 1980 Americar Grand 490
Americar is an…American car company existing from the 50s onwards and known for it’s very oversized V8s, the largest of which would displace 10.9 liters. At one point they decided to create a new market in the early 1970s with their second generation of the Americar Grand, their luxury coupe. The unique thing about it was that it was rear engined, and they wanted to prove that big RR cars could be safe and easy to drive. But as you can see, this isn’t a 1971 model. It’s actually a 1980 model. This one in particular has the optional 490 ci V8 and the optional 4-speed automatic transmission (standard on this car was a 3-speed automatic.) It had been owned by the aunt of the driver, and she sold it to him for “under 8k”, as she kept it in moderate condition. The 490 engine stock only made about 230 hp, but this isn’t stock. It has an aftermarket 4-barrel performance carburetor, a catalyst and muffler delete, an aftermarket 5-speed manual, rear seat removal, sports tires, and a very heavy roll cage. It’s now pushing about 350 hp at the crank, and guzzles fuel quite a bit. He’s racing this car to prove that RR V8 landyachts do in fact, work for racing.