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1959 Watson Simonize Special

Owned by Larry & Jan Pfitzenmaier, Sonoita, Arizona

The 1959 Simoniz Special is the 5th of A.J. Watson’s 23 Indy Roadsters. On April 4, 1959, Jim Rathmann set a world race speed record of 170.261 MPH at Daytona, then finished second in the 1959 Indy 500 after leading many laps. Tony Bettenhausen, A.J. Foyt, Dick Rathmann, Jim Hurtubise and others also drove the car during its glory days. Restored in 1989–1992, the car has won Best of Class awards at Pebble Beach and other significant national events. It is now widely campaigned on the vintage racing circuit.

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