Volume I, Issue 4, Page 35


Just like it was 1974 all over again, the Chevelle Laguna stands ready to take on the high banks at Daytona. A very cool car with lots of great history. The car was last raced in August 1974 by Bobby Allison at Talladega. Neil Bonnett drove the car in 1975 at the same racetrack.

Some cars just get faster with age. Such is the case with the ’73 Chevelle Laguna of Bill Tower. For historians of fine fast cars, this Chevy is the last of a legacy of big-block performance. Sporting the original 427cid engine as delivered between the inner fender wells of this classic, it is the last of the 427s ever raced in NASCAR Grand National competition. The final chapter in one of the best and most power racing engines ever produced in 1973, the car finished seventh in Grand National Championship points.

For Tower, the story behind the car is basically a bit of reverse engineering. You see, Bill had the original 427 aluminum-headed engine and not the car.  After some careful chasing, he located an original Bobby Allison Laguna – thoroughly thrashed from some hard racing and years of neglect. Frankly, the car was in very rough shape and needed a lot of work.


True to form, the Laguna’s interior is classic Bobby Allison Racing style interior racecar styling. Far from the original style, this was an advanced interior for the ear. Tower restored it to the original condition after years of research with his good friend Junior Johnson.

 

 

 

 

In an extreme case of reverse engineering, Tower had the original engine for the Allison Laguna and no place to put it.  Note the aluminum heads and high performance pump.

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