NASCAR legend and ESPN racing analyst Ray Evernham unveiled his “ForPly,” a custom 1964 Plymouth Belvedere that marked the three-time NASCAR champion-winning crew chief’s debut as a car designer and builder, in the Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes booth at the 2012 SEMA Show.
In the restored body of a 1964 Plymouth Belvedere (the year, make and model that won the 1964 Daytona 500 and NASCAR Grand National Championship), the “ForPly” features a Dodge racing powertrain, plus the driveline of a modern-day race car that Evernham’s former team Evernham Motorsports built and raced in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, according to a Sherwin-Williams press release.
“We set out to design the ultimate street machine that takes a vintage American muscle car with great motorsports heritage and brings it into the modern age,” Evernham said. “There is not another one like it in the world. We hope it draws the attention of racing and non-racing enthusiasts, as well as the collector who is looking for that one-of-a-kind vehicle.”
Under the vehicle’s hood is a former Evernham Motorsports Dodge R5-P7 race engine that has been reformulated as a fuel-injected, 358-ci, 8-cylinder powerhouse that outputs 750-plus hp. Racing components integrated from the Evernham Motorsports No. 10 Dodge Charger driven by Scott Riggs at the 2007 Daytona 500 include the four-speed manual transmission, front and rear clips, and fully adjustable suspension.
Other special features include NASCAR Sprint Cup shocks, custom 18-inch NASCAR-style wheels, NASCAR-style front splitter and rear spoiler, and an all-digital, backlit dual-display dashboard, the release stated.
The two-door hardtop coupe is blazoned with a distinctive Radiant Red automotive matte finish with Graphite racing stripes, and features a slant-back roofline and a Graphite Gray colored-custom interior with carbon fiber inlay and bucket race seats.
“ForPly” will be presented for auction as a featured vehicle at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction in January 2013; net proceeds from the sale will go to Evernham Family Racing for a Reason. The foundation funds IGNITE, a program that enables adults with high-functioning autism or Asperger Syndrome to enjoy a better quality of life as valued members of the community in which they live and work.