When Josiah Coy arrived at the 2009 SEMA Show, (a story in itself...) the 21-year-old made a major impression with his black '65 Pontiac GTO convertible pro-tourer. The home-built Goat attracted an admiring audience for the next four days, and by Friday afternoon he had several purchase offers, a few major-league awards, and the beginnings of major car-guy rep. The car soon appeared in HOT ROD magazine and Josiah was on his way to a well-respected car-builder career.
His COYBILT shop in central California can handle just about any kind of build but Josiah specialized in the maintenance, restoration and 'restification' of his favorite iron, the '60s Pontiac A-body. Business was steady and his rep as a performance car maven started to spread.
Some significant 'GreaT Ones' rolled from his shop.
Thing is, 2009 is a while back, and it's time to get back into the high-profile car business. Action at the Coybilt facility is seeing progress on a new feature-ready Pontiac with huge ambitions. Starting with an 'all there' '65 LeMans hardtop, Josiah tore into it and did away with anything that didn't look like 200-plus mph. A Roadster Shop chassis will hold a 1000-plus horsepower Pontiac-based alloy bullet with many mods and all the best high-tech components in attendance.
Subtle aerodynamic aids incorporating and building upon the classic '60s LeMans lines and styling cues, augmented by a full belly pan, will keep the 'fast' glued to the asphalt. Fiberglass and carbon fiber components will abound.
Street cred will come from a well-appointed interior with a fully-integrated roll cage, 'cause you want to be comfortable at 200mph... with the A/C on full blast and the tunes at the ready.
Competitive goals for this road racing LeMans
start with a rollout at the 2019 SEMA Show, and perhaps a stab at Battle of the Builder competition. Granted sponsorship, the car will head to the Texas Mile (goal 200-plus MPH) and the Silver State Classic event 2019, and other 'top speed' competitions.
The most recent component sponsorship comes from Delta Lights in Onrtario, California, providing cutting-edge illumination for those
high-speed runs as well as late-night prowls along Mulholland or a fast trip up I-5 or Route 99 in the dead of night.
Watch this space for updates on the build!
- American Autowire - Wiring
- ARP – Automotive Racing Products - Fastners/Bolts
- Bill Miller Engineering - Pistons
- Classic Instruments - Gauges
- EATON - 33 spline carrier
- Gleason Corporation - Back cut, nitrated, micro polished Gear set 3.70 ratio
- Holley Performance Products - Dual 2000 CFM throttle bodies, EFI management system, Fuel pumps
- LSM Engineering - 55mm Cam shaft
- Modern Driveline | MDL - Transmission parts
- Roadster Shop - Fast Track IRS chassis
- Ron Davis Racing Products - Inter cooler
- SCAT Enterprises, Inc. - Billet crank shaft
- Strange Engineering - Billet 9 inch center section, Billet end yoke
- T&D Machine Products - Rocker shafts
- The Driveshaft Shop - 108mm CV joints with chromoly half shafts with 33 spline knucles
- TREMEC - T56 Magnum Transmission
- Vintage Air - HVAC
- Wilwood Disc Brakes - Brakes