Video: Mickey Thompson’s 1963 NASCAR Corvette

The name Mickey Thompson probably brings images to your head of tires. That might be a drag slick or an off road tire ready to shred the earth. But Mickey Thompson got his start by being a racer himself, which fueled his company.

Screen Shot 2014-09-08 at 11.06.34 AMThe video above is showing a very special 1963 Corvette that was owned by Mickey Thompson. This car was a prototype, and was heavily modified specifically for the high banks of Daytona International Raceway. Even though the Corvette was born a light car, this one had many modifications to it to lose even more weight. These modifications include having plexiglass windows with retainer clips in case the excessive speed decided to push them out. The dash was in tact, but the factory glove box, gauge cluster and radio were all removed and replaced with lightweight aluminum sheeting.

The suspension was left stock, except NASCAR mandated that each wheel have two shocks instead of one. One of the biggest and most unusual modifications the car has is the addition of the NASCAR roll cage, which is rarely seen is sports cars from this era. Another interesting addition with the roll cage is a brace that goes from behind the driver all the way to the front right. This was installed to keep the car intact during the sustained G’s pulled on the banks of Daytona.

The engine bay use to house a special 427 CI powerhouse, but has since been replaced with a 327 small-block configuration, which was original to this car to begin with. While the car is a museum piece that shoots you straight back to Mickey Thompson in 1963, the current owner isn’t afraid to to take the car on the track either.

Watch the full video for all the interesting tweaks to this car!

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Tim King

Tim grew up in the garage with his Father. From those early years grew a passion for anything with a motor. Helping his Dad and brother restore a '67 Nova is what fueled Tim’s passion for cars. At the age of 15 he bought his first car, a 1966 Chevelle which he still owns to this day. That car started his journey into the automotive world where he’s done just about everything, from being an auto mechanic to an aftermarket Sales Manager. Not only is he a gear head, but he also holds two Bachelors degrees from Cal State San Bernardino.
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