For ‘Merican Monday, I’d like to feature one of my favorite ‘Merican CanAm race cars, the Chaparral 2G.
The brainchild of legendary designer, builder, driver, Jim Hall, the 2G’s most prominent feature was the impressively tall rear wing.
The wing was actually active. Operated by what would be the clutch pedal, the wing could be tilted forward to work as an air dam when approaching a corner or laid flat while on a high speed straight.
The 2C featured a two speed, semi-automatic, clutchless transmission. This left the clutch pedal free for other duties.
The Hot Wheels version of the 2G featured a decal sheet with Hall’s signature number 66. Mattel produced the 2G in both the US and Hong Kong. The US versions have clear glass while the HK cars have blue.
The wings on these two are almost as valuable as the castings themselves. The wings were often lost or broken. The cars came in almost every early color, pink, orange, and purple being the rarest. The wings only came in white.
Not pictured is a brown 2G that is missing the wing. I have yet to order one from a remanufactuer, but I do plan to replace the missing wing at some point.