Let’s begin with the monkey pod plywood hull. Now I’ve never heard of monkey pod before, let alone know it’s a rare rain forest wood. To me a monkey pod sounds like a crazy place an ape stores its valuables. Alas, to see it on this boat is magnificent, the grain is striking and a perfect match for any type of wooden racer.
Moving beyond the monkey pod, take a look at that massive Chrysler 440 V8 wedge motor. No specs on horsepower, but who cares, it’s just fun to look at – braided lines, vintage Mickey Thompson aluminum finned valve covers, double carbs poking up with intakes that resemble knight helmets who use the giant headers as jousting sticks.
The tuck and rolled glitter red over white interior is an absolute perfect match to the rest of this Hallett’s style. I would actually get some sort of creepy pleasure pain out of burning my ass on the red seats in the scorching sun.
Top this whole package off with a matching pearlescent white tandem axle trailer with white walls and all I can do is try to figure out how to lift this entire boat through the picture window into my living room for permanent display. This Hallett Barron can be yours with some aggressive bidding on eBay where it’s currently creeping up on $26,000 (reserve not met) in Mooresville, North Carolina.
This boat is an absolute piece of art. I mapped out Three Lakes, Wisconsin to Kuna, Idaho and it looks like I could be there to pick it up with a mere 25 hours (one way) behind the wheel. You can call this boat homemade, but hand-crafted pays far greater homage. The fiberglass over mahogany hull is so tastefully done that I actually fantasized running my tongue the length of that aqua blue Puma stripe down the side. Of course I would buff my saliva off before storing.
Powered by a 455 Olds with a velvet v-drive and so many upgrades the seller most likely got carpal tunnel just writing the Craig’s List description of Nicson performance add-ons.
The lefthand drive interior looks every bit as tasteful and perfect as the exterior. The seller is asking $15,000 for this masterpiece and honestly, I don’t think that’s enough. Tip o’ my captain’s hat to Stephen W. of Neptune Beach, Florida for this 5-star submission. Someone, please shoot on over to Craig’s List in Kuna, Idaho and pull this racer to the nearest boat launch.
In 1969 Chris-Craft called these Super Sports, later we’d know them as the XK19, but no matter how you reference them they are stunning fiberglass boats. Less than 300 of these boats were produced over a 5 year period, so finding one is not easy. Maybe why the seller of this one, in less than stellar condition, doesn’t feel all that bad about the $30,000 asking price – even without the original engine. Something doesn’t look right on the gauges to me either, but WTF do I know? If you’ve always wanted a Chris-Craft Super Sport, and who wouldn’t, shoot on over to eBay and indulge in this one in Port Charlotte, Florida.
This 1971 Campbell is done up real nice, uh-huh. The big block 496 looks to have about a dozen paychecks dumped into it – including a twin turbo setup good for up to 15 pounds of boost. The engine is probably better suited for tires over a prop, but who am I to judge? Gelcoat and interior look great for a boat approaching 50 years old. Seller has this Campbell Daycruiser optimistically priced on eBay with a Buy it Now of $29,500 in Sagle, Idaho. Unfortunately I don’t see these boats bringing that kind of money even with a museum-quality V8.
I never even knew this boat existed, quite frankly that’s probably a good thing. It’s a 550hp Cadillac CTS-V powered Supra SA550 ski boat. Yep, it’s a CTS-V tuned 6.2 litre supercharged V8… in a boat. Outfitted with all of the modern wakeboard accoutrements I feel this boat is a bit of a bargain given it’s powerplant and the price of similarly equipped new boats. This Supra model has been discontinued, so if you want the 550 ponies, this is the only way to get them. A quick national search shows no others for sale. I’d guess this SA550 was pushing over $100,000 new, but you can scoop it up on Craig’s List in Fremont, Wisconsin for $69,995.
I’m not sure what I find attractive on this old Century Coronado Cardel – it’s kind of a cougar boat – it’s old, yet sexy and could probably teach you a thing or two. Both the description and photos would suggest the owner takes very good care of his older lady. New prop, polished teak, and sealed fiberglass. What you won’t learn is anything about the engine. Obviously a v-drive, it should be powered by a V8. Find it on Craig’s List in New Orleans, Louisiana for $16,000.
I don’t know much about Curtis boats, but this one sure looks clean. Owner claims he bought it just because “he likes the sound of them going down the river” but has never actually had it in the water. I get it, that’s kind of how Holman Moody and I feel about one another. Powered by a 468 cubic inch big block Chevrolet that looks to be far more maintained than the V8 in today’s other flat bottomed racer. Find it on Craig’s List in Dundee, Oregon for $6,500.
Not many details on this Belmont v-drive racer. Powered by a Chrysler 440 big block that the owner claims “runs strong, it runs a very good 65-70 MPH” through a Casale gear box. Find it on Craig’s List in Pittsburg, California for $4,000 or trade.
I’m assuming this little Tornado was built from Glenn L plans. Seller says it was built by his brother in 1982 to a degree that appears to be nicely done for an amateur build. It’s currently set up for a V8 small block but the installed motor is bad from sitting. Nice to see it in a v-drive configuration vs. jet. I highly doubt, even without a motor, it could be reproduced for the seller’s asking price of $8,000. Find this nice little Glenn L Tornado in Two Rivers, Wisconsin on Craig’s List.
The Century MK II was originally manufactured from 1971-1975 and was available as a v-drive, jet or I/O. This model is the v-drive powered by a 340 cubic inch Chrysler marine engine with a reported 191 original hours on it. The condition of the boat doesn’t seem to support the low hours, unless it’s just purely neglect and sun damage. The top of the bow looks to have a lot of fiberglass hazing and the rear seat and dash both need some attention. Regardless, this is a very cool and desirable old Century boat. There’s a video of this boat running – if you watch it, you may end up buying it. Too bad the music drowns out the far more pleasurable sound of engine noise. You can find this 1973 Century MK II on eBay in Punta Gorda, Florida for $7,900 Buy it Now.