Dick Harrell Chevrolet - The Dealership

Kansas City, MO

 

 

Mr. Chevrolet, Mr. Excitement--these were  the words used to describe Dick Harrell during his brief career as a race car driver and as a race car builder.  Dick built his reputation as a race car driver first in the mid '60s, and then turned his efforts to race car building, as well as driving.  His first effort in building race cars was with Nickey Chevrolet in Chicago.  After a couple of years at Nickey, he moved to St. Louis and then on to Kansas City, where he continued to build and race cars.  Dick helped engineer many of the cars for the major dealerships, including Yenko and Gibb.  Even though Harrell put his emblem on many high performance cars, including a few 1969 COPOs, he is most remembered for the '68 Novas, an L-78 automatic COPO car that Dick transformed into a supercar with the addition of a 427 engine, Cragar wheels, and many other items that the customer might want on the car.  He also "warmed up" a few of the L-78 automatic Novas that Gibb received.  As a race car driver, Dick was unmatched in his success.  He drove the #1 ZL-1 built for Fred Gibb in '69 to many wins, set a world record, was named AHRA Driver of the Year, was on Hot Rod magazine's top ten list of drivers for 1969, and was AHRA World Points Champion.  Dick suffered an untimely death in his funny car in 1971.  Not only will Dick Harrell be remembered as a very successful driver, but as one of the driving forces behind the boom of high performance cars in the '60s and '70s. The dealer was located in 11114 Hickman Drive, Kansas City, MO.

 


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