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1956 Bangert Manta Ray Sports / Race Car For Sale
1956 Bangert Manta Ray Sports / Race Car G80  with  interior

1956 Bangert Manta Ray Sports / Race Car

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Car make & model: Bangert Manta Ray Sports / Race Car G80
Year: 1956
Exterior color: Condition:
Interior color: Engine: Chevrolet 350
Transmission: 3 Speed Manual Mileage:
Drivetrain: Fuel Type:
Airbags: Warranty:
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VIN# 56BMR41831
Vehicle History Report
Price: $59,900
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1956 Bangert Manta Ray

1956 Bangert Manta Ray Sports / Race Car

Inspired By The 1954 Buick Wildcat II Concept Car

Noel Bangert was in his early 20s when he decided he wanted to design and build a sports car. He first teamed with up with the Campbell brothers in 1953 and created a sports car body for use on short wheelbase foreign sports cars. This design was later sold by the Hollywood Plastics Sports car company. In 1954 he opened up his own company called "Bangert Enterprises" in Los Angeles, California, and launched his second car - the "Stag." This was targeted for sale to race car builders with the most famous one built being the Baldwin Mark II driven by Bill Pollack.

Bangert's work continued to evolve and by the summer of 1955 his third design debuted - the Bangert Manta Ray. This design was inspired by the 1954 Buick Wildcat II Concept car built from the new "wonder" material - fiberglass. Back then, "fiberglass" was the "carbon-fiber" of its day and drew attention wherever cars built from this composite appeared.

The last design penned by Bangert was offered in 1957. Soon after, Bangert made a career move to Hollywood, changed his last name to "Marshall" based on an earlier family name, and became a successful talent agent. It was during this time he married Hollywood actress Tippi Hedren. In 1973 he became the executive producer of "The Exorcist" horror film. Next he wrote, directed, co-produced and starred in the filmRoar(1981), which also featured his wifeTippi. Noel Bangert led an exciting and adventurous life and passed away in 2010. Click here to learn more about Noel and his background.

For Auction Today:

Elwood Caufmann started building this car in 1954 and finished in 1956. He detailed his story in a handwritten 4-page story shared below. Missing for nearly 50 years, the Cauffman Manta Ray was found several years ago and brought to Florida for documentation and restoration. In 2015 it appeared on Ray Evernham's "AmeriCarna" Velocity Channel TV show in unrestored condition. After its appearance, the restoration undertaken was both a tribute to Noel Bangert, the designer of the car, and Elwood Cauffman, the builder of this car. With this in mind, the body was returned to its original design and the mechanics and chassis kept close to Cauffman's original design and build.

The debut of this restored Manta Ray occurred earlier this year at the 2017 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance. See photo below showing Ray Evernham with restored Manta Ray at the Concours.Just four Bangert Manta Ray cars are known to exist. Two are race cars and two are sports cars. This car is being sold "as-is."

Technical Specifications:

  • Refurbished Chevrolet 350 with new parts as needed

  • Custom built chassis by Elwood Cauffman as describe above

  • Original 3-speed Ford transmission

  • New gauges and wiring

  • New gas tank and filler

  • New brake cylinders, master, lines, and shoes

  • Quick disconnect steering wheel

  • New windshield glass

  • New upholstery

  • New tires in rear

Links of Interest:

Articles-Web: Bangert Sports Cars

Articles-Vintage Magazine: Bangert Manta Ray

Article: 1954 Buick Wildcat II Concept Car

Article: American Postwar Specials/Sports Cars - Published in the 2015 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance Progam

Hagerty Valuation Guide: Glasspar

Hagerty Valuation Guide: Woodill Wildfire

Kurtis 500KK - Bangert Manta Ray Special - For Sale $225,000

Auction Results: 1953 Victress S1A Roadster Bid to $150,000 at Mecum, Chicago, October, 2015

Shown Below Are Photos of The 1956 Bangert Manta Ray Being Auctioned in this Sale

1954 Buick Wildcat II Concept Car Photos

Elwood Cauffman's Letter Describing His Experience in Building the Manta Ray

Vintage Blueprints / Design / Build Instructions for Bangert Manta Ray

Vintage Bangert Publicity Photos and Race Program Covers

Bangert Manta Ray Race Photos - Vintage and Modern

Transportation costs and arrangements from origination (Tampa, Florida) to buyer's location are the responsibility of the buyer. This car is being advertised locally and we reserve the right to end the auction at any time. People have different opinions and expectations of old cars. It is your responsibility to inspect this vehicle or send a third party inspector for your satisfaction. A $2000 non-refundable deposit is due within 48 hours of the end of the auction. Full payment via electronic/bank transfer is due no later than 7 days from the end of the auction.

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