1955 CHRIS-CRAFT CAPRI
SUBMITTED BY THE EXHIBITORS
Marcie Gregory MacMillan
Make: 1955 Chris-Craft
Engine: Chrysler V8 Hemi Engine (1st Generation) – 200hp
Hull #: CP 21-033
Concours Catagory: Blonde Deck Runabouts
The Sea Biscuit is a 1955 Blonde Deck Runabout by Chris-Craft, outfitted with the first generation (1G) Chrysler V8, which runs at 200 H.P., 44-49 mph. Only the manufacturer’s 200 H.P. Cobra—the new racing runabout that sported hydroplane good-looks with a single cockpit to the Capri’s sexy, yet family-friendly and wholesome, double cockpit—exceeded her speeds in the 21’ class, yet only by one mile at 45-50 mph.
This beautiful mahogany pleasure craft was top of the line at $5,290 in the price schedule for the New Capri Series due to her horsepower.
You might say that the Sea Biscuit is a legacy Tahoe woodie, since she was originally delivered to the Tahoe Boat Company in Truckee on 06/10/1955. She has lived her life at the Lake.
SIMMER DOWN NOW, CAPTAIN
Sea Biscuit ventured onto the river once, the crowded Sacramento River on Independence Day, 2005. She pulled an inflatable tube with my two young children. Suddenly the inflatable’s cover ripped off, and children catapulted through the air. Before they could be rescued, the engine acted up, ultimately running out of gas; the captain had forgotten to fasten down the petcocks. The Coast Guard rescued her, but had to tell her panicked captain, our family’s very own Tom, “Simmer down now, Captain.”
The Sea Biscuit took second place in her class in the 1998 Concours d’Elegance. Her competition was an identical Capri, same Hemi engine, and it came down to the wire. Literally. The judges favored the authenticity of the first place winner’s wiring.