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« on: March 08, 2008, 06:33:42 PM »

Hi everyone, I'm a bit of an aero car fan. originally from the INDY area and have talked to many of you over the years, you may not remember or know me but much info was talked about and probably lost or forgotten over the years.

I remember talking about two 68 Charger HEMI 4spd Charger 500 pilot or test cars, one famous one was Maroon or Burgundy and later painted orange for resale by Chrysler. The other was wrecked during testing at the proving grounds and probably was destroyed or possibly sold also. The color of this car may have been a light blue or white. These were both equipped with factory blue printed HEMI #'s matching engines.

I just talked to the test driver for these cars plus he tested the #71 mule car Daytona. He also drove and tested 1 of every model Chrysler offered each year to get braking distance, fuel economy, performance etc.

He then bought the Charger 500 from Chrysler after they painted it orange(long story) and made a 190 MPH street racer out of it. I said I thought Jerry Service was the owner and he said he sold it to Jerry and it was a #'s matching car at that time. He has some wild stories and the more I talked to him the more I believe what he is saying.

His name is John Weibel he's 59 years old and he OK'd my using his name and info on the board. If Doug , Danny, or Geno would like to talk to him, I have a phone #. He would probably give you some info that you may want or need.

My question is, have any of you heard of this gentleman? He seems to know things I've only heard from other hardcore wing fans.

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Possible VINs for 68 Charger 500 Prototypes could be XS or XX    XX29J8B360711 E74 red white XX29J8B360719 E74 black black

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« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2008, 07:18:47 PM »

I am going from memory here, but my recollection is that Jerry bought the prototype 500 out of long term storage from Chrysler in 1972.

I've never met John, but I'm sure Milt Wood would know him.  Milt was a driver-mechanic  at the PG and was there in '70, although he did not get to drive any of the race car stuff.   He remembers the race stuff being there and the track being closed off.   He retired a few years ago and is still in Chelsea.   He owns a Bird and Bob Brevak's 72 USAC Charger.   

This fellow would have been 21 or 22 years old at the time the mule car was there.    Milt's about the same age and should be able to verify if there was a second 500 street car.   

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« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2008, 07:41:25 PM »

Hi Doug, please ask Milt if you would before I start talking to John about this again. He said the 500 he purchased from Chrysler was originally a burgundy color not offered by the factory?? Would you know the paint code on the Jerry Service car? He also knows where the car is today as I guess Jerry has sold it.

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« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2008, 08:06:20 PM »



I got the vin 360711 from the red car that also shows white showing.From a previous color under the hood. which I think was the Mule color . Color RR1.
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« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2008, 08:31:35 PM »


1968 Colors

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BB1 Black Black Black
CC1
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DD1
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EE1
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FF1
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GG1
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 Racing Green Metallic Dark Green Metallic
HH1 Gold   Light Gold 
JJ1 Gold Medium Gold Metallic Medium Gold Metallic
LL1 Turquoise Medium Turquoise Metallic Light Turquoise Metallic
MM1 Brown Bronze Metallic Medium Bronze Metallic
PP1
 Red
 Red Red
QQ1 Blue Bright Blue Metallic Bright Blue Metallic
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SS1 Yellow Yellow Yellow
TT1 Green Medium Green Metallic Medium Green Metallic
UU1 Blue Light Blue Metallic Light Blue Metallic
WW1  White White White
XX1
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YY1
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« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2008, 08:47:44 PM »

Thanks Dave, I'll ask him where the lighter color came from if he checks out with Doug. He said he had the car built for speed with a 2.45 special built DANA gear, 32" tall Goodyear INDY Bluestreak tires on all 4 corners and 1 1/2 inch clearance from the ground to the skidplate. Says he would race Ferrari, Corvette 427, etc etc from a 100 mph rolling start and leave em in the dust. I believe he bought the car in 71 for 2600.00 and had to talk his boss into making sure he got it instead of one of the Chrysler VP at the time.

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« Reply #6 on: March 08, 2008, 10:00:40 PM »

Hi Doug, please ask Milt if you would before I start talking to John about this again. He said the 500 he purchased from Chrysler was originally a burgundy color not offered by the factory?? Would you know the paint code on the Jerry Service car? He also knows where the car is today as I guess Jerry has sold it.

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Steve

As far as I know, Jerry still owns it.   I'd be really surprised if he let it go.

I just put a message in to Milt on the subject.   Both he and Jerry live right in Chelsea.
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« Reply #7 on: March 09, 2008, 12:32:11 AM »

Great stuff !!!!!!!!! Why not ask him to join our Forum Huh I'll send a check !!
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« Reply #8 on: March 09, 2008, 04:34:08 AM »

The other was wrecked during testing at the proving grounds and probably was destroyed or possibly sold also. The color of this car may have been a light blue or white.

Anybody know what happened to this car or any pics?
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« Reply #9 on: March 09, 2008, 12:43:04 PM »

Steve, I haven't heard of the gentleman mentioned either. However if he wants to talk about 500's to someone, drop him my number. Or drop me his in a PM. I'll gladly shoot the breeze with anyone who likes to talk about 500's on the phone. Heck to be honest if I'm not dialing a phone to talk to someone about a 500 or a Daytona I'm not dialing the phone. Those are about the only times I pick up a phone and use it.

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« Reply #10 on: March 09, 2008, 01:46:36 PM »

I'm thinking that Jerry still owns the car though. I would have a very hard time thinking that he would sell that car after all of these years. I know it would command a huge $$$ amount, but he has had that car forever. I don't think he would part with that car until he is 6 feet under. could be wrong though. If it did by some chance happen to go to a new owner, I'd love to find out where it went to. Love that car.
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« Reply #11 on: March 09, 2008, 03:41:58 PM »

I'm thinking that Jerry still owns the car though. I would have a very hard time thinking that he would sell that car after all of these years. I know it would command a huge $$$ amount, but he has had that car forever. I don't think he would part with that car until he is 6 feet under. could be wrong though. If it did by some chance happen to go to a new owner, I'd love to find out where it went to. Love that car.

Hi Danny, He said something about Chrysler Historical buying it? I just sent you a PM, let us know what you think...........

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« Reply #12 on: March 09, 2008, 06:21:40 PM »

I got a response from Milt.   He called Jerry and spoke to him today.   

Jerry still owns the prototype Charger 500.    It was originally burgundy and later was painted red for color photos.    He did buy it from John.

Jerry says it did not have the extra tall ratio rear axle and special tires on it when he bought it.    It appears to him that the rear end has never been changed.

As far as a second 500 prototype, I guess it's possible, but it's never been mentioned before this.   Milt says he started at the PG when the Daytona stuff was going on.    A case can be made that there were many unusual cars at the PG that didn't make it out alive.   Jerry's car remains the only one known.   They also did have Charger 500 stock cars running out there.   
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« Reply #13 on: March 09, 2008, 06:37:31 PM »

Thats good to hear .What about the white undehood color in Jerrys car.Wasnt white the dictated mule color as the taped headlight mule69 daytona was white.Which is a car that never came to the surface
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« Reply #14 on: March 09, 2008, 06:41:58 PM »

Thats good to hear .What about the white undehood color in Jerrys car.Wasnt white the dictated mule color as the taped headlight mule69 daytona was white.Which is a car that never came to the surface
Never heard anything about white being anything dictated.   Plus the white Daytona with the fake headlights made out of tape was just for press photos.   I asked Milt to follow up about Jerry's white underhood.    The undercarriage of Jerry's car is white.  I believe that's just a show car thing he did years ago.    Personally, I don't think the white on Jerry's car has any significance to its time at Chrysler.
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« Reply #15 on: March 10, 2008, 05:05:15 AM »

I got a response from Milt.   He called Jerry and spoke to him today.   

Jerry still owns the prototype Charger 500.    It was originally burgundy and later was painted red for color photos.    He did buy it from John.

Jerry says it did not have the extra tall ratio rear axle and special tires on it when he bought it.    It appears to him that the rear end has never been changed.

As far as a second 500 prototype, I guess it's possible, but it's never been mentioned before this.   Milt says he started at the PG when the Daytona stuff was going on.    A case can be made that there were many unusual cars at the PG that didn't make it out alive.   Jerry's car remains the only one known.   They also did have Charger 500 stock cars running out there.   


I'm glad John does have some credibility. I may have misunderstood his statements about Jerry selling the car, but I'm not sure what he would have been referring to otherwise(It's hell gettin old, can't remember much of anything). Danny is going to call him and hopefully he can fill some info in as he was there before Milt. Any info is good from those testing days !

The gearset to the DANA was special made for John and installed in the original housing. I'm sure it was removed before he sold the car to Jerry. He will give you some names that were big in the Woodward street wars and Drag Racing as well as NASCAR at the time. He says he operated a top fuel team (chevy) thruout the 70's after leaving Chrysler.

Thanks Doug!

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« Reply #16 on: March 11, 2008, 06:23:07 PM »

Spoke to Jon for quite some time tonight. Very interesting gentleman. Thanks for the contact information Steve.

It was pretty funny when he was talking about how he find its funny how everyone that has a 500 at a show sets them up stock. With the front end a little higher than the rear end. He said, if they wanted to drive that car over 155 mph, they need to get that front end down to withing 2 inches of the ground. Then they would feel good at speed.

As far as the rear end goes. He was thinking that they might have swapped out the entire rear end on the car with a rear end from a C body (I'm thinking 8 3/4"). And that they special ordered a gear set of 2.45 to put in the car for high speed runs. I forget the company he said made the gears for them. He said he drove that car from his house to Chelsea on I-94 (31 miles one way), and used to make it to work in under 16 minutes with traffic. Said it was a blast to drive once it got up to 150 mph.
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« Reply #17 on: March 12, 2008, 05:52:17 AM »

Danny, that is the type of story he was telling me. He has a book full of good and entertaining information it sounds like. Hope you can post more of what he had to say.

Doug has Milt talking to him as well, I'd sure like to see a video of that conversation.

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« Reply #18 on: March 12, 2008, 07:41:56 AM »

Danny, that is the type of story he was telling me. He has a book full of good and entertaining information it sounds like. Hope you can post more of what he had to say.

Doug has Milt talking to him as well, I'd sure like to see a video of that conversation.

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« Reply #19 on: March 12, 2008, 01:18:24 PM »

According to Jerry Service, his prototype 500 was not at the Proving Grounds very much.  It was used for press photos and was not a test car.  John found it in Highland Park (the storage part) around 70-71.     Jerry and Milt Wood think the alleged other car went to the impact lab and into a barrier.  Milt will ask around if anyone else remembers it.
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« Reply #20 on: March 12, 2008, 02:30:03 PM »

Your correct Doug. He said he didn't remember driving Jerrys' 500 around at chelsea at all. He did say that he bought the car around the Lynch Road. Said he had went over there to buy a HEMI car, knowing they had several that they used for test drives that were going to be up for sale. After looking around he said he didn't see anything he was really interested in. And that was including several HEMI E bodies he said, but they weren't in any "good" color combinations in his mind. Then he went inside, to return some keys to the gentleman in there, and saw a car in the corner with a car cover on it. Asked if he could take a peek, and saw the 500. Asked if anyone had claimed that car yet, and the gentleman looked in the file cabinet and said "not yet". So he put $100 down on the car, and came back later to pay the rest.

Side note, when I talked to him he said he had just got off of the phone from talking to Milt.
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« Reply #22 on: March 23, 2008, 07:53:20 PM »

Milt Wood had lunch with John Pointer last week.   Pointer was the aerodynamics guy who worked at the Proving Grounds.   He is responsible for building up the red #71 Daytona mule with the hand made nose and wing.

Anyway,  for what its worth, John did not remember anything about a second 68 Charger 500 prototype, or it being at the Proving Grounds.      Over the years, John has been able to pass on a lot of information. 
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« Reply #23 on: March 24, 2008, 01:59:42 PM »

 scratchchin Makes one think huh. I haven't ever heard of a case for 2 of the pilot cars.

It is odd though that he thought it was blue. As I have heard several times that a VERY early VIN 500 was blue, and out in california now undergoing a restoration. However I have yet to come up with any solid proof of the car. No one seems to know the VIN but the few people who have told me about the car all say its VERY EARLY. Know anything about that one Doug?
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« Reply #24 on: March 24, 2008, 02:28:27 PM »

One car that comes to mind was a Hemi Charger 500 press car that was stolen and recovered stripped in LA.  I thought that was a blue car.   That one allegedly was sent to Nichels to be converted to a stock car.

Here's the deal as I see it.  Call it what you want - but the message board community is kind of a new breed of car club unto itself whether we call it that or not.   With a new group of enthusiasts looking at these cars, topics are coming back to the surface that have pretty much been put to bed a long time ago.      There are a number of threads on this and other boards questioning history and suggesting that there is some new material out there - and perhaps that history needs to be rewritten.   That's not a slam on anyone who brought up the topics - but these things have been discussed before, and before forty years went by.    It's easy to take what one guy says while reminiscing and run with it.   The question is, when someone tells you of a new revelation, will anyone else who was there (and not conveniently dead) confirm the story?

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