January's welter of classic car auctions in Arizona, led by the Barrett-Jackson extravaganza, often include several custom-built hot rods whose value depends entirely on the builders' skill. Here's one that comes with an unusual pedigree: the body of a 1964 Plymouth Belvedere coupe mated to the underpinnings of a modern NASCAR race car by team owner/crew chief Ray Evernham, with a street-legal, 750-hp Dodge V-8. Who wouldn't want to see this on the track?
Built as a fund-raiser for IGNITE, a North Carolina foundation for adults with high-functioning autism or Asperger's syndrome, the "ForPly" '64 Belvedere body was chosen for its connection to the cars that won the 1964 Daytona 500 and Grand National championship. It rests on parts of a NASCAR Dodge driven by Scott Riggs in the 2007 Daytona 500, including the suspension and rebuilt 4-speed transmission. The 358-cu.-in. Dodge V-8 picked up fuel injection in its conversion to street-legal status, but otherwise looks cleaner that most people's kitchens.
Aside from a digital dash and carbon-fiber seats, the ForPly looks like it does an admirable job of blending its modern go-fast parts with the Belvedere body, adding only a splitter for aerodynamics. Barrett-Jackson has a record of selling cars for charity at top dollar; with no reserve, someone will haul away the ForPly for their own private moonshine run in a couple of weeks.