Wednesday, July 8, 2015

1965 Plymouth Belvedere I Super Stock: Butch Leal California Flash

One of the most noted proponents of Plymouth’s big 1965 drag racing effort was a young West Coast driver named Butch Leal, whose nickname was ‘The California Flash.’ Leal had come from Ford to the Plymouth team in 1965, and was one of the only racers to actively campaign both a factory altered-wheelbase car and an NHRA- legal Super Stock entry. A noted 4-speed driver, Leal would win the S/S class title at the U.S. Nationals in 1965, and return to win class again at the 1966 Winternationals. Moreover, he often match raced this car at open events, and, as a result, it shows up in numerous magazine stories.

Leal’s legal Super Stocker, VIN R051199756, was one of 13 four-speeds Plymouths built for the 1965 racing program and according to research by Darrell Davis, this was also the final Plymouth Super Stocker built, constructed in February 1965.

Like all RO51 Super Stockers, this is an all-steel ‘business coupe’ body delivered new with the rear seat deleted.

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