1940 Chris-Craft 19' Custom Runabout Barrelback Model 24 Hull no: 48662 One of 76 built in 1940 Fresh from complete mechanical and cosmetic restoration with no hours on the water Matching #'s Model M 130 hp engine Rare Bugatti" windshield Custom built trailer with new tires New period correct wiring No leak bottom (5200 bottom) Hand selected, book matched mahogany New period correct pigskin leather upholstery Fresh chrome and polished stainless steel One of most highly sought after models of Chris-Craft is the pre-war 19-foot Custom Runabout Barrelback. Only 76 Model 24's were produced for 1940. The world was embroiled in the beginnings of World War II and luxury items were few in the United States. $1990 for a boat was a great deal of money for most Americans. It wouldn't be until the 1950's that discretionary income would return to the US, and Chris-Craft would become the boat of means. Stars such as Dean Martin, Katharine Hepburn, Frank Sinatra, and Elvis Presley where readily identified with the Chris-Craft and the fashionable boating culture in those post-war years. The Model 24 was the top of the line 19' Custom Runabout and featured the 130hp Model M engine. This boat, hull no. 48662, still has the original 320 cubic inch, 6-cylinder engine it left the factory with in 1939. Completely mechanically and cosmetically restored over the past few years by a gifted father and son team, this mahogany masterpiece is exactly as it left the factory in Algonac, Michigan back in October of 1939, down to its rare Bugatti windshield. At every step of the restoration care was taken to make sure the boat would be both historically correct, and currently seaworthy. It took over 6 months to source enough clear, no knot mahogany to begin the restoration. The mahogany was all hand selected and book matched. Great care was taken to select the wood to have the same tone and color. There are over 3500 new stainless steel screws in the sides and decking alone. Each one drilled, counter sunk and then a mahogany plug (bung) inserted to cover the screw. Note also that each wood plug (over 3500) were cut out of the same plank it was later put into. Thus, when the hull was finally finished, the wood plugs almost disappear. The restorers even went to the length of saving matching plugs for every plank on the boat so that they would be able to match the grain and color for future repairs. The interior is immaculate. The seats were rebuilt by Rod Souza of Petaluma, CA, known for his expertise in nautical upholstery. The seat bottoms are done the old fashioned way with springs and cotton batting and secured with copper tacks onto mahogany. The very desirable pigskin" leather interior makes a truly stunning color combo against the deep mahogany wood. Along the way a few improvement where made to the sleek 40 mph runabout: The fuel tank was rebuilt in stainless steel in an exact replica of the original, and to solve a venting issue the boats back in the day they added a copper vent line to the tank that exits invisibly threw one of the air intakes on the deck. The boat originally left the factory in 1939 with a 6-volt electrical system. It has been updated to modern 12-volt specifications. During the restoration the boat was completely re-wired in the traditional way using the original cloth-wrap technique. Rhode Island Wiring used completely modern wire inside the loom while sticking to the original gauge wire as a 6-vol system. In this way, if the new owner so chooses, they can easily change back to 6-volt. 2 hidden bilge pumps have been added. The forward pump is under the rear cockpit floorboards. The rear bilge pump is located in the engine bay in front of the fuel tank and under the equipment storage bin. Both pumps are operated by hidden toggle switches under the dash. In addition to the orginal fiber filter in the gas bowl at the fuel pump, they added a modern fuel filter- water separator in the fuel line, hidden from view. There is a Coast Guard approved fire extinguisher in the engine bay An exhaust blower was mounted on the port side of the engine. The bottom of the boat has been redone in what is called a no leak bottom". This is also commonly called a 5200 bottom. 5200 is a 3M product, which is a paste like caulk that is applied to the wood and between the joints and in fact when dry is stronger than the wood itself. And finally all the accessory systems were rebuilt. This includes fuel pump, water pump, generator, starter, distributor and carburetor. They changed the ignition to a Pertronix Igniter system with a matching coil. All gauges were rebuilt. This amazing boat comes with its original build sheet, restoration photo log, restoration receipts, operator's manual, period photos - catalogs - advertisements, and in-depth research from the Mariner's Museum's Chris-Craft Archive. With its custom trailer at the ready this historic boat is ready and willing to go anywhere. Whether for a collection or for your house on the lake, here is a unique opportunity from Canepa to purchase a boat that is held to the same standards as our collectable cars. SCROLL DOWN FOR MORE PHOTOS ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- We thank you for your interest in Canepa. To request further information or submit offers, please call or email: Bruce Canepa

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