Troutman & Barnes - 1950s-1960s - Los Angeles, California
The design, all Brock's own work, was built by the Troutman-Barnes stable, a highly respected US body builders of the 1950s/1960s
1951 Troutman-Barnes Special
Troutman-Barnes Mercury Special
The car would be designed and developed by Dick Troutman, Dick Barnes
They were designed by Troutman & Barnes, designer of the Scarabs & in Busch Livery (right) they looked like Scarabs
This SCARAB was built in 1983 at the request of Lance Reventlow's brother as a tribute to Lance. It was built to original specifications by famed California race car builders Troutman & Barnes - the same shop that built the original cars in the late 50s.
1961 Chaparral Sports Racing Car, one of the two Jim Hall cars built by Troutman & Barnes that raced with some success in 1962-63,
The Mustang I was built by Troutman-Barnes, a Southern California custom car building firm.
Mustang I, a fully functional, hand-built concept designed by Roy Lunn and crafted by Troutman-Barnes of Culver City.
Deemed the “100-day wonder,” the Mustang I was the first in a string of public, functional show cars to come out of the Ford Corporate Project Studio. Troutman-Barnes, a Los Angeles-based race car fabrication shop, was chosen to do the actual construction. Two Mustang I vehicles were actually produced, the first a nicely detailed, but non-running fiberglass mockup, and the second an identical, fully functional, competition-equipped vehicle that was taken to the Grosse Point raceway for on-road testing and to gauge the reaction of the public and auto journalists.
McKee - Traco Chevy - Troutman Barnes body, built (but never finished) for Roger Ward.
Shortly before the President of Hino died, Pete Brock set about designing a Hino Prototype, with the aim of entering it in the 1967 Japanese Grand Prix and even at Le Mans. The design, all Brock's own work, was built by the Troutman-Barnes stable, a highly respected US body builders of the 1950s/1960s. The aluminium body sat over a tubular steel frame, which housed the 1293cc Contessa engine. Brock built the engine to Group 2 specification, Engel supplied the camshaft, and Mallory the ignition. Carbs were twin Mikuni-Solex downdraught items. Engine cooling was aided by Brock's use of aerodynamics through two vents behind the cockpit (similar to the vents on his AC Cobra Daytona which cooled the back brakes). Downforce could be adjusted by a ratchet mechanism on the rear aerofoil.
The prototype, which Brock named the Samurai, was hailed a styling triumph, and was featured in several magazines, including the front cover of Road & Track. As far as the Japanese Grand Prix was concerned, Brock was not able to see his latest creation perform, because the stewards deemed the Samurai to have insufficient ground clearance and the car was disqualified. Brock was not too downhearted by this turn of events because the disqualification brought more publicity and drew more attention to his talents from the Japanese motor industry.
Originally, the shop of Troutman & Barnes in Culver City built his cars in
the late 50s, but he moved into the Venice facility in 1959. With his eye on
Formula One racing, Reventlow and his Scarabs became the first American cars
ever to run at Monte Carlo, in 1960, spending $1.5 million for the 2 car
One of the Chaparrals you don't hear much about is the first one, which would make a great replica. It was a Troutman & Barnes space frame, front-engined and mouse-motored, that looked like an updated Scarab (which T&B had engineered, also). It was a real "Murican-style hot-rod sports racer, around 1500 lb. with a Chevy V8.
In 1962 Troutman & Barnes built the Mustang I prototype for Ford that was designed by John Naijar.
For more information please read:
Troutman-Barnes Cars - Road & Track, November 1967
Troutman-Barnes - Sports Car International Magazine - #156 May 2003
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