$9,750 – Tampa, FL:
“This Conquest still retains its original paint with great patina. While the original builder is not known, we’ve been able to trace its history back via documentation to the 1980s in Michigan where it was purportedly owned by Tom Monaghan of Domino’s Pizza, and was part of his museum collection in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It stayed in Michigan until recently when it was acquired and relocated to Tampa, Florida.
Once in Florida, we removed the body from the chassis (shown in photos below) cleaned it and remounted the body along with re-installing the hood, trunk and doors so they hinged as originally built. The body has interesting mods by the original builder which include recessed turn signals on front and rear – four of these uniquely place at lower rear of car. It includes some nice custom work on the dashboard too. The car has no drivetrain and is sold “as-is.”
American Sport Specials are coming into their own. More and more they are seen at vintage races, rallys, tours and on the fields of the finest concours in the world. Most recently a class of these sports cars appeared at the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and the 2015 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. This may be your chance to own something quite rare – an American Special — with all the flair of European design, but with American power and at a reasonable cost.
A Conquest Appeared on the Cover of Road & Track Magazine in 1957
“The single unbroken line swirling from the two frontal air intakes…peaks the front fender extremities, sweeps down the profile, juts over and around the rear wheel opening and finishes nicely in two relating shapes on the rear….This unbroken line, combined with the sweep of the windshield that leads the eye around the passenger compartment, up and over the rear fender shape, creates a pleasing overall package…” excerpt from July, 1957 Road & Track Magazine
What a way to start a car company – on the cover of Road & Track Magazine in July, 1957. That’s how much Les Dawes, the founder of LaDawri Coachcraft, impressed John Bond who owed Road & Track Magazine, and the lines of this car continue to impress today. From 1957 to 1965, approximately 100 Conquest sports cars and bodies were built. Few remain.
Completing / Restoring the Car:
We work with specialists who complete our cars and often our customer’s cars too. If requested, we will facilitate introducing the new owner of this car to our team of specialists where you can determine if you would like to move forward using their services. We are also available if needed. Based on our knowledge, experience and documentation, we are happy to consult on the restoration and completion of your new car.
Undiscovered Classics of Tampa, Florida
“We Find, Research, Restore, Show and Sell America’s Lost Automotive Treasures”
Price: $9,750 obo
Location: Tampa, Florida, 33615
Stock #: Ladawri Conquest
VIN #: 57LAD84011
Exterior: Blue/Gold “