One of the World’s First Funny Cars, the 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle “Tiger II,” is For Sale

one of the world’s first funny cars, the 1965 chevrolet chevelle “tiger ii,” is for sale

Museum-ready but built to run, this recently restored 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle 300 Funny Car is one of the first of its kind. Otherwise known as the Tiger II Chevelle, this race car is one of the rarest original AFX cars in existence and the world’s first tube chassis, center steer, full-bodied drag car. And as of this writing, it is for sale on Hemmings Marketplace.

The 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle 300 was meant to be a race car from day one. It was originally delivered to Jim and Andy Adcock of Amarillo, Texas, as a rolling chassis without a VIN number or title. Jimmy’s existing sponsorship with Esso, which used the slogan “Put a Tiger in Your Tank” for advertising, led to the building of the Tiger II.

Like most race cars, the Tiger II Chevelle was built in stages. In early-1965, Fibercraft fitted the front end with flat a fiberglass hood and fenders formed using a 1964 front end. A straight fron axle and Pontiac rear axle were installed on the original chassis and an Enderle fuel injected 376 cubic-inch small-block Chevy provided power, fed by a 30 percent load of nitromethane. Trial and error led to several wheelbase changes and many tweaks to catch more traction over the years. By mid-1966, it was already receiving an engine upgrade with a Hilborn-injected 427 cubic-inch big-block.

By 1967, the Esso sponsorship ended and the car received a new identity with blue paint and the name “Blitzer” on the side. Adcock reportedly installed a blown and injected big-block Chevy engine, but the NHRA would not allow that combination. The engine and the car were soon sold. According to history records, the car was last raced in 1973 by Jerry Rhodes under the name “Funny Money.”

For a stint, the Chevelle even ran wheelstander exhibitions with The Little Red Wagon, Hemi Under Glass and many more. The seller states that all collected documentation, including original old magazine features and historical information, is included with the sale.

Most recently, the Tiger II Chevelle underwent a five-year-long no-expense-spared restoration which was completed in late-2023. It was brought back to its original gold metallic flaked funny car state. Hot Rod Hoarders released a YouTube video about the restoration around a year ago:

HISTORIC Chevelle FUNNY CAR Found and RESTORED! youtu.be

“Most of what you see here is the original car down to the magnesium spindle mount front wheels,” writes the seller. “The Randy Bradford (Bradford’s Fiat Fuel Altered) built Hilborn-injected 427 cubic-inch big-block, Mike’s Transmission Ultimate 400, and the rest of the fresh Mark Williams drivetrain is capable of running competitively in modern nostalgia AFX, but still looks like 1966.”

one of the world’s first funny cars, the 1965 chevrolet chevelle “tiger ii,” is for sale

One of the Worldu2019s First Funny Cars, a 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle u201cTiger II,u201d is For Sale

one of the world’s first funny cars, the 1965 chevrolet chevelle “tiger ii,” is for sale

One of the Worldu2019s First Funny Cars, a 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle u201cTiger II,u201d is For Sale

one of the world’s first funny cars, the 1965 chevrolet chevelle “tiger ii,” is for sale

One of the Worldu2019s First Funny Cars, a 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle u201cTiger II,u201d is For Sale

one of the world’s first funny cars, the 1965 chevrolet chevelle “tiger ii,” is for sale

One of the Worldu2019s First Funny Cars, a 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle u201cTiger II,u201d is For Sale

one of the world’s first funny cars, the 1965 chevrolet chevelle “tiger ii,” is for sale

One of the Worldu2019s First Funny Cars, a 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle u201cTiger II,u201d is For Sale

one of the world’s first funny cars, the 1965 chevrolet chevelle “tiger ii,” is for sale

One of the Worldu2019s First Funny Cars, a 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle u201cTiger II,u201d is For Sale

one of the world’s first funny cars, the 1965 chevrolet chevelle “tiger ii,” is for sale

One of the Worldu2019s First Funny Cars, a 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle u201cTiger II,u201d is For Sale

one of the world’s first funny cars, the 1965 chevrolet chevelle “tiger ii,” is for sale

One of the Worldu2019s First Funny Cars, a 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle u201cTiger II,u201d is For Sale

one of the world’s first funny cars, the 1965 chevrolet chevelle “tiger ii,” is for sale

one of the world’s first funny cars, the 1965 chevrolet chevelle “tiger ii,” is for sale

one of the world’s first funny cars, the 1965 chevrolet chevelle “tiger ii,” is for sale

one of the world’s first funny cars, the 1965 chevrolet chevelle “tiger ii,” is for sale

one of the world’s first funny cars, the 1965 chevrolet chevelle “tiger ii,” is for sale

one of the world’s first funny cars, the 1965 chevrolet chevelle “tiger ii,” is for sale

one of the world’s first funny cars, the 1965 chevrolet chevelle “tiger ii,” is for sale

one of the world’s first funny cars, the 1965 chevrolet chevelle “tiger ii,” is for sale

one of the world’s first funny cars, the 1965 chevrolet chevelle “tiger ii,” is for sale

This six-page feature in the January 2024 issue of All Chevy Performance magazine takes a deeper dive into the build’s history. The seller says there is another upcoming feature coming soon to the Chevy Hardcore magazine.

Original AFX cars are rarely seen in the collector car market. This historic 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle “Tiger II” is sure to fetch a lot of attention. Check out the classified ad on Hemmings Marketplace and pounce on the opportunity to own an incredibly rare hot rod.

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