I got an email from Herb Hall from Sierra Boat Company telling me about a very special 16 Racer that is for sale. Now this is no ordinary 16 Racer, not that any of them is ordinary. But this one is one of a handful of insane hot rod versions.
Yes Hot Rod, and in my book, as perfect as any hot rod car of the era. The 1950’s and 60’s.
Back in the day when hot rodding cars became a “thing” the same went for boats. And these little racers were the Go To ones to have. Like a Shelby Cobra, how large of an engine can you put in the smallest car.
Well, the Cadillac engine was the engine for sure. And then the souping up started from there. YES. I said Cadillac engine. I spoke with Jim Staib at Fine Wood boats who had one of these, and use to race against this one for sale now at Sierra Boat Co. It can go 80mph.. 80! The stock speed is around 35. But this is hot rodding and a different art form.
And as crazy as this seems. And how rare these are. Leaving it as a hot rod may be the smarter choice. Like Stinky it appears to have been glassed over. This must have been the thing to do as well. So there is a precedent for classifying these glassed over hot rods in a category on there own and not messing with them like any hot rod of the day. Clearly this was trend and therefore a value in our classic boat history.
What would you do? Leave it, or restore it to original? The boat is not listed on Sierra Boats website, So email Herb Hall and you have a chance to scoop this up for your collection before it goes live. firstname.lastname@example.org