The cast aluminum front clamps that said Panzer were used by several manufacturers back then. Holbrecht (sp) was an aftermarket 4x4 parts manufacturer that did bed bars, bumper overbars, etc... I think many home brewed cars started with bought clamps and built from there for a straight reference point going back. The fiberglass looks like Hi-jumper, but the cage looks like a Chenowth Wedge. There was a guy up in the bay area named Robert Johnson who built cars that looked like this that raced 1/2-1600 in VORRA back then. Don't know if he is related to the current Robert Johnson who races the 11 car that lives in the Sierra Foothills or not. I don't think it is the same guy as he isn't that old.
Funny, I was just talking to someone about this the other day. My dad raced a Panzer buggy back in the day (1975-ish). What are your plans for it? I might be interested in it if you were thinking about selling it.
Bro_Gill, Thanks for the info! I bought this car in 1993 and raced it a few times but didnt get much history at the time. I traded the car about 15 years ago to Tom in Landers. A few years ago the car was stolen by a tweaker and cut into pieces but was recovered. I ended up with most of the pieces and plan on building a new frame.
JD, I was looking at the original pic and I'm not sure how many chassis' Pazer produced but from what Butch Dean told me it wasn't that many. Butch told me M&L Metals was the company that made them and stopped around 1980-ish. My dad had one and raced the 1976 Casino 300 (Laughlin) and between he and his co-driver they rolled the car 3 different times. The cockpit area of my dads car looks to be a lot wider than the one you have pictured, not sure if that was an early change or a late change......or a different car altogether. Alot of the older cars looked the same back then....Funco SSI, Hi Jumper, Panzer and a few more. Good luck with the build buddy.