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1961 "Big John" Mazmanian 1/18 Diecast Corvette
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1961 "Big John" Mazmanian 1/18 Diecast Corvette
1961 "Big John" Mazmanian 1/18 Diecast Corvette

1961 "Big John" Mazmanian 1/18 Diecast Corvette

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This amazing 1:18 scale model is precisely detailed inside and out with over 150 parts. Features include a detailed engine, opening hood, doors and trunk. Finished with high gloss paint and detailed graphics this model has all the quality you would expect from a Precision Miniatures model.

Hot Rod Magazine featured "Big John" Mazmanian's beautiful candy-apple red, drag racing Corvette on their March 1963 cover and called it the "Double-Threat 'Vette" referring to how it was equally capable at being a racer and a show car. Once you've seen this car, you'll know they hit the nail right on the head!

John Mazmanian began his "Corvette adventure" when "Dyno Don" Nicholson, who ran the dynamometer at C.S. Mead Chevrolet in Pasadena, California, told him about a 1961 "fuelie" Corvette that dyno'ed better then all the other cars on the lot. John waster no time in purchasing it and he raced it occasionally. But when he found out his nephew, Rich Siroonian, was borrowing it to race on the streets of Los Angeles County, John decided that he and Rich would take it racing, but this time, legally.

The first year out, they won the 1961 NHRA Winternationals in A-Sports (A/SP) turning 109.96 mph with the fuel-injected 283" small-block. Over the summer they replaced the fuel injection with a GMC 4-71 blower and a Hilborn two-port injector and won the C-Modified Sports (CM/SP) title at the 1962 Winternationals with a speed of 113 mph. They also took home the 3rd place trophy at the Winternationals Car Show.

Then they got serious and installed a "Bones" Balogh 327" small-block opened up to 338" and equipped with a GMC 6-71 blower, Hilborn four-port injector, Isky cam, Jardine headers and a B&M Hydro. The bumped them to B-Modified Sports (BM/SP) and by March of '63 were turning 130 mph and 10.90 seconds e.t. with "Bones" doing the driving.

"Big John" sold the 'Vette in late 1963 and built the car he is most famous for: the '41 Willys Gasser that was one of the "Big Four" of the "Gasser Wars" era of drag racing. But the candy-red 'Vette will always be remembered as one of the prettiest cars to ever run the quarter-mile!
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