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1976 Chevrolet Dekon Monza (Chassis No. 1004) This is a championship-racing car built for speed and competition that bores little resemblance to the Chevy Monza hatchback coupe on which is was based. History of Chevrolet's Dekon Monza The Chevrolet Dekon Monza participated in the IMSA GT Series and were the challengers in the new All-American GT class that allowed for competition against GT cars such as the dominating Porsche Carreras. Due to the potential of the Chevrolet Monza, a new chassis was developed by Dekon Engineering's Lee Dykstra and Horst Kwech, who become the most successful and well known of the HO7 racecar builders. Dekon was an acronym as "D" stands for design and the "K" for construction. The first Dekon Monza was built in 1974 and those that followed were built to the customer's needs and specifications. The chassis was built with a tubular frame and weighed approximately 2,400 pounds. This gave the 600 horsepower engine an excellent 50-50 weight distribution. Approximately thirteen Dekon Monza's were built. The Dekon built Chevrolet Monza left its footprint on the IMSA Camel GT and were virtually unbeatable in the 1976-1977 seasons. Chassis #1004 Car History Tom Frank, owner of Executive Motor Homes, purchased this Chevrolet Monza Dekon in 1975 and successfully raced from 1976 to 1979. Tom Frank's sponsor was Executive Motor Homes and Huffaker Engineering. Joe Huffaker built and maintained the engine. On August 14, 1977 at the Pocono 100 IMSA Camel GT race in Long Pond, PA, Frank took a 2nd place finish which was a racing highlight for this remarkably built American racecar. Frank had the car updated from a Dekon Phase 4 to a Phase 5 body that focused on a large "banana" style rear wing, a huge front chin spoiler, and a hood with a long 3" bulge. Frank continued to race until 1979, after which time his Chevy Dekon Monza chassis no. 1004 was retired from professional racing. When David France, a California investment counselor, purchased the Dekon in the early 1980's, he began work on modifying it to attain Super Production status. It was successfully campaigned in SCCA events in the Super Production Class by David France and Frank Emmett, then President of SuperCuts. Now racing in Supercuts livery (black with orange, yellow, red stripes) as #44 and then subsequently in scuederia France livery (blue-yellow), he raced at Laguna Seca and Sears Point, bringing home many first place finishes. France placed it in storage after the 1984 racing season ended. The car was still maintained by Huffaker Engineering during this time. John Malone bought the car in the 1990's and raced it as #4 (red and gold) in Vintage Historic Racing events in Florida and Georgia. In 2005, Phil Gallant purchased the car and participated in several vintage-racing events. In October 2006, Tony Oddo of T.O.E. Inc. in Suisun City, California rebuilt the original Kinsler fuel injection system which had been taken out of the car during previous modifications. Additionally, the V-8, 362 ci, 600 horsepower engine was backdated by Oddo to the original 1976 specifications. In 2010, Gallant had it painted to its original '76 Livery Colors of white and green by G.A. Coachworks in San Diego, California. Gallant's last vintage racing event was in August 2009 at Laguna Seca where he placed 8th. The car comes with all the original receipts and a well-documented racing history. Race History (chassis no. 1004): 1970's -- Professional Racing (driver: Tom Frank) Oct 03, 1976 100 mile Laguna Seca II, No. 25, 8th Nov 28, 1976 250 mile Daytona Finale, No. 25, 7th Apr 17, 1977 100 mile Road Atlanta, No. 24, 5th May 01, 1977 100 mile Laguna

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