This 1-off FIRE DESTROYED Concept secures a spot in Dennis Gage’s ORPHANS & ODDBALLS Coloring Book!


One of the more elegant, streamlined and swooping custom cars ever created was the Norman Timbs Special – a project that would take over three years to complete.

Timbs was an automotive engineer who had worked with Preston Tucker on the Tucker Automobiles. Later, he built several Indy Racing Specials.

The car stood 47 inches high, from floor to the top of the windshield. It had a 117-inch wheelbase and measured nearly 18 feet in length.

In 2002, it was auctioned by Barrett-Jackson at the Petersen Museum Classic Car Auction. It was sold for the sum of $17,600. The new owner began a restoration. The body of the car was about 90% original.

In 2010, the car made its restoration debut at the 2010 Amelia Island Concours where it won ‘The RM Auctions Trophy For the Best Open Car.’

Sadly, in 2018, the car was destroyed in a the California fire labeled the ‘Camp Fire.’ 2018 is the most destructive wildfire season on record in California.

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