Now for the complex part. Chrysler did not install engines in sequence. A pallet of engines was dropped by the assembly line and engines were pulled out of order. Car #1001 was built with Engine #005. Car #1002 was built with Engine #004 Car #1004 was built with Engine #007 On one hand I wish the car had Engine #005 in it today, but on the other hand the engine it's got adds to the history. I've been able to correspond with several people who were there or had connections, including local historians, Shaw's son, Richard Petty and so on. Some of the small details are different, but the bones of the story are the same. In 1955 Lee Petty decided he was going to race a brand new 1955 Chrysler New Yorker coupe at Daytona. Lee showed up and he was extremely pissed and bitter to see other drivers with their pre-production Chrysler 300s. Petty proceeded to throw a fit. There was nothing Chrysler was willing (or could) do about it. Petty was a friend of Brewster Shaw and although Shaw had 1 of only 2 cars, he wasn't about to let Petty beat the hell out of his extremely rare car. Lee Petty was known for being brutal on the track. As a compromise, Shaw offered to loan Petty the parts from Vin#001 to convert his New Yorker coupe into a C-300 for the NASCAR Grand National at the end of Daytona Speed Week. Richard Petty said he still remembers working on the cars in the San Juan garage, Converting the parts over. Shaw made sure the car was taped off to protect the loaner parts. The borrowed parts include the entire front clip (hood, fenders, grille), 300HP Hemi engine and trans, all 300 trim, 300 emblems and so on. Petty ran the race as a "real" 300 and came in 2nd. Giving Chrysler a 1-2 win after Roberts was disqualified. After the race, the parts were returned to Shaw and Vin#001. The hood, fenders, trim and so on where reinstalled onto Vin#001... But for some reason the engine block wasn't. I don't know if the block was damaged or if Brewster just didn't want a beat-on engine block back. Instead, Shaw kept Petty's brand new engine block and put all the original 300 parts onto it. Since Lee Petty's car was returned to a New Yorker model after Speed Week, Petty would have to retire his car until he could get "permanent" C-300 parts. Petty had no real connections at Chrysler and regular production hadn't started, so he would have to wait nearly a month before getting the permanent C-300 parts. Because of this he went back to driving his 1954 car during this period, before reemerging with the cloned red and white C-300 again. After Speed Week Brewster Shaw took the restored Vin#001, still in race paint and used it for publicity around town. The race paint wouldn't be taken off until it was sold to it's new owner.