If the term "no-nonsense" could be applied to one car only, this Impala would take it. In January 1963, it blasted past 120 mph (193 kph) at the end of the standing quarter-mile sprint. Thanks to some unique characteristics, it was the first stock racer to achieve this feature.
To begin with, the Z-11 lineage was a 50-limited 1963 Impala production run dedicated to track-only use. These drag strip kings are some of the rarest racing cars ever, and only 15 are rumored to be roaming around today. Well, Sanders' car seen here is the crown jewel. It's a one-in-one automobile, thanks to a unique body, interior color combination, and an impressive number of original parts.
Twenty-four of those parts are aluminum-made body panels (to save as much weight as possible), and the same metal shaved off some pounds from the engine. Since we opened this V8 topic, note that the Z-11s had a particular 409 CID (6.7-liter) engine. Over-stroked - by longer piston rods – to 427 cubic inches (seven liters), the tuned plant would unleash 430 hp (436 PS) and 575 lb-ft (780 Nm). However, because Frank Sanders installed his S&S headers, this Z-11 is stated by the seller at 510 hp (517 PS) and 520 lb-ft of torque (720 Nm). All in a 3,504 lbs. (1.5 tons) two-door rocket.
We're not done yet: the factory-installed RamAir cowl induction air cleaner, the sintered metallic brakes (with vented braking plates), the high-performance, heavy-duty 4.11 Positraction rear axle, and the Borg-Warner T-10 four-speed manual transmission put the Z-11 in the high 11s at the checkered-flag end of the 1,320-feet straight. It's the only Azure Aqua Z-11 built, and its line-lock lever (for staging) is an explicit statement of the car's sole purpose of being.
As a cutthroat means to a happy end, the Sanders Z-11 Impala was the ultimate track weapon, opening the 1963 racing season with the barrier-breaking 120 mph (193 kph) run in January. It wasn't a one-time-only achievement. In February, Sanders and his Impala were NHRA Winter Nationals Champions in the Limited Production Stock class.
Since there were ten more months left of the year, Frank looked to his laurels in the "Drag News Top-10 Mr. Stock Eliminator Record List." By April 1963, his Chevy was at the top of that competition. It held on to the spot for the rest of the year – with one exception – collecting 19 wins in 20 races.
so this $1 million arm-and-leg deal for this history-weaving, one-off Chevrolet might be worth it.