The California “Junkyard Dog” That Beat the Exotics
Fast Lane Daily | On 22, Feb 2016
In 1959, Max Balchowsky grabbed a piece of chalk and drew the profile of a racecar chassis on the floor of his garage on Hollywood Boulevard. Unlike the murder scene out of a Raymond Chandler novel, Balchowsky’s chalk outline marked a Los Angeles character yet to be born.
With the outline as a guide, Balchowsky welded together steel tubes to form the car’s frame, then slapped hand-hammered aluminum body panels over the structure. He painted it yellow, inserted a 414-cubic-inch Buick nailhead V-8, and Ol’ Yaller MkIII was in business.