1948 Lesovsky-Offenhauser Indianapolis “Blue Crown Special”

Juan Martinez ©2018, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

Making its Indianapolis debut in 1948, this car failed to qualify.

George Connor was able to qualify the car in 6th position for the Indy 500 in 1949, finishing the race with an impressive 3rd overall. Bill Holland drove it at two subsequent AAA races that year at Trenton and Milwaukee. Connor drove the car in two more 500s, finishing 8th in 1950 and 30th in 1951. In 1952 and 1953, Charlie Marant entered the car at Indianapolis, but he was unable to qualify either year. In 1954, second owner Bob Christie attempted to qualify the car; however, a failed magneto put an end to his Indianapolis hopes.

With its classic Indy car looks, the Blue Crown Special is one of the most interesting and attractive Indianapolis racers produced in the Roadster Era. This meticulously restored and historically significant race car is an exceptional addition to any collection of historic American racing cars.

 

Thor Thorson

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Thor grew up in northern Iowa. His father bought a red Jag XK 150 in the late 1950s, and that was all it took; he has been in love with sports cars , racing cars and the associated adrenaline rush ever since. He has vintage raced for more than 20 years, the bulk of them spent behind the wheel of a blue Elva 7. When he’s not racing, he is president of Vintage Racing Motors Inc., a collector-car dealer and vintage-racing support company based in Redmond, WA. His knowledge runs the full spectrum of vintage racing, and he has put that expertise to good use for SCM since 2003.

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