1958 Bocar XP-4

283 cubic inch Chevrolet V8, producing approximately 400 horsepower
Four-speed manual
Built in Colorado, the Bocar was named after its creator BOb CARnes. Carnes’ goal in designing the Bocar was to create the world’s fastest, safest dual-purpose car—one that could be used on the road or track and priced within the reach of ordinary people. The XP-4 was the last model with four headlights; later models only had two. Fewer than 70 Bocars were built and less than 20 are currently road-worthy.

Depending on the source, the typical price for a Bocar was somewhere between $6,450 and $8,700 new. Bodies and frames could also be purchased separately. This car rides on a 90-inch wheelbase and carries a glass-reinforced polyester body surrounding a welded moly-tube space frame. It has Bolt-on Halibrand “Kidney Bean” magnesium wheels with front disc and rear drum brakes. The top speed is approximately 160 mph.

Believed to be the only registered XP-4, it was purchased by McKeel Hagerty in June 2009 from a resident of St. Paul, MN. The vehicle had been completely restored prior to purchase with upgrades that included a Chevrolet small-block V8 engine rated near 400 horsepower, engine bored and stroked, roller lifters and rockers, Holly 750 double pumper carburetor, electronic ignition, front disc brakes, new interior, four-point seat belts, rear suspension conversion (coil over shocks), improved steering, modified exhaust (headers and two-inch exhaust pipes), new fuel cell (stock car approved), and aluminum wheels.