1959 Jones Grand Prix Hydroplane "Livings Years II"
454ci (est) OHV Chevy engine with Littlefield super charger
900+ bhp (est)
-Stunning machine for show or vintage racing
-Great documented history
-Special tilting hydroplane trailer
-Conventional engine for easier maintenance and operation
-No expense spared in its restoration and setup
The Grand Prix Hydroplane
The late-1930s witnessed the birth of a radically different concept in competitive power boat designsthe three-point hydroplane, which would forever alter the course of boat racing history.
The first successful three-pointers were the product of the famed Ventnor Boat Works of Ventnor, New Jersey. The father and son design team of Adolph and Arno Apel introduced a craft named MISS MANTEO II at the 1936 President's Cup Regatta in Washington, D.C. A 225 Cubic Inch Class competitor, MISS MANTEO II dominated the 225 Class action at Washington and posted speeds that were embarrassingly close to those turned by the larger and more powerful Gold Cup style hydros.
What the Apels did with MISS MANTEO II was to take the "step," split it in two, and put them on the opposite sides of the hull. These pontoon-like running surfaces were called sponsons. This greatly increased the footprint of the boat. MISS MANTEO II was wider and less prone to tipping over than a "step" hydroplane.
More importantly, from the standpoint of speed, a three-point hydroplane trapped air in the "tunnel" between the sponsons and had a great deal more "lift" than had been possible with the "step" boats. Even though the propeller was completely submerged in those early days, there was still a lot less friction with the water. And the three-pointer could also corner a lot better and faster.
The three point hydroplane ushered in the modern era of speed boat racing and the same basic design continues to be used today. Currently there are several classes of hydroplane racing from outboard powered boats to the unlimited hydroplanes powered by turbine aero engines. The ultimate racing class for piston craft is the Grand Prix or GP.
The Vessel Offered
This spectacular hydroplane is built to the GP specification. The class is powered by supercharged "big block" v-8 engines producing as much as 1,500bhp in craft of 23-26 feet. These machines can average 170mph on the straights. The class competes in the US and Canada as well as Australia and New Zealand.
This beautifully constructed wooden hydroplane is powered by a Enderley fuel injected, Chevrolet "Big Block" with a 671 Littlefield "blower". The boat was built in 1959 originally racing with hull number H 96 and driven by Don Kohler. The boat was thoroughly restored in 2003-2005 by Alan Bide of "Boat Works" the motor was built by Rage Racing and rigged by Gibbs Racing.
Since restoration it has graced the pages of Classic Boating magazine twice and won best of show at the Essex Connecticut River Museum Mahogany Boat Show (over three hundred boats were entered).
Wonderfully presented it would be a show stopper at a wooden boat show or vintage regattas. Included is the special trailer which tilts the craft to make the beamy machine comply with the 8' 6" trailer width restrictions.
- Please note that the title for this boat is in transit and it comes with a trailer, which has CT registration with chassis number 158217