Fastest Sports Car in America

Italian crafted and American powered!

L.C. Kirby built this awesome drag car out of a very unique car called a Bandini, to run in Modified Sports Car.

The class rules for Modified Sports Cars were similar to Gasser class rules and many of these cars could legally run in either class. Open cars with non stock engines and other non OEM components were required to run in one of the Modified Sports Cars classes, some sports cars with tops could switch back and forth between a Gasser And Mod sports car.

According to the folks at, only 75 Bandini cars were ever produced in different configurations and styles by Ilario Bandini, only 46 of these little racers are known to still exist.

Here is a stock configuration so you can see how small of a car he started with.

Kirby was a Dallas Texas resident and raced multiple unique cars in his day. One being this a Cadillac powered Allard.

This photo was taking at Caddo Mill. Texas’ First NHRA-Sanctioned Drag Strip.

Below, 1957 at Eagle Mountain Lake Texas national guard base dragstrip.

And this shot was taken at from what I can find, the Greater Southwest drag way in Fort Worth TX 1961.

As you can see he was constantly evolving re-powering and changing this unique little machine.

The Supercharged Cadillac powered Bandini and Kirby made enough of a splash in it’s day that Pennzoil put them on this ad.

At the time it’s was the “fastest sports car in America”

"This sleek Bandini hit 135.57 on the quarter-mile track in Amarillo and zoomed to a record top speed of 135.33 mph with an elapsed time of 11.16 on the Durant, Oklahoma strip."

Tradition Over Trend

~ Blanton Payne





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