H Modified was a sports car racing class that encouraged a lot of creativity in the 1950s and 1960s, and this car is a great example. Limited to only 750 cc engines, they were all about weight, low aerodynamic drag and handling. This car is even more unusual than most in that it’s powered by a DKW front wheel drive setup! The car is being sold here on eBay at no reserve, with bidding currently at only just over $200! It’s located in McMinnville, Oregon, which unfortunately is on the other side of the country from me. Thanks to David W. for this fantastic find!
Unfortunately we don’t know any history on this car, or at least the seller hasn’t shared any with us. I’m impressed with the quality of construction, though, and while the fiberglass will certainly need some reworking, it certainly looks like it’s within the ability of a home restorer with a lot of time. I am hoping one of you recognizes it from these pictures and can enlighten us on its history–and even if it ever raced at all, since it’s in bare fiberglass and doesn’t show many signs of having been finished cosmetically.
What are those tail lights from? I’m thinking Chevy, but I’m not sure exactly what. Given the spoiler lip on the back and the Can-Am looks of this car, I’m guessing this was constructed in the 1960’s, not 1950’s. Perhaps the hole in the rear is for the exhaust?
The car has an unusual layout, with a front mid-engine (three cylinder in line DKW) and front wheel drive. Based on what I can see in this picture, I think the car has a largely unaltered 1950’s DKW chassis.
The seller was kind enough to show underside shots as well. I can’t find any serious corrosion at all. The center tub looks like it might be riveted aluminum. Overall, I think this could be a very cool way into vintage racing, and if you are able to get one engine running out of the one and parts that are included, you can have a lot of fun! If you want to learn more about H Modifieds in general, check out links here, here, and here. I think this would make a great way to go vintage racing–what about you?