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  • 1936 Chris Craft Special Raceboat 16

    1936 Chris Craft 16ft Special Race Boat

    $25,000.00

    1936 Chris Craft 16ft Special Race Boat

    $25,000.00

    1936 Chris Craft 16ft Special Race Boat

    The Chris Craft Special Race Boat was the first of the famous Barrel Back designs from Chris Craft. Most of them were painted red, white, and blue. Very fast in their day with a 121 hp KB flathead six, this one is even faster.

    As a longtime Sierra Boat customer, he had a thing for small fast boats, and in the early 70’s a 365 cu in Cadillac V8 was shoehorned into her engine bay. This is not a show boat, but a fun vintage hotrod. An older restoration, much of the work was done in the early 90’s including a new deck and engine rebuild. The heavy duty fiberglass bottom was done in the 70’s for extra strength.

    • ID: Bow Down
    • Year: 1936
    • Builder: Chris Craft
    • Model: Special Race Boat
    • Length: 16ft
    • Engine: Cadillac 365 cu in, 300 est. HP
    • Trailer: 2000 Custom Trailer, Single Axle
    • Price: $25,000.00
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  • 1940 Chris Craft

    1940 Chris Craft 19ft Custom Runabout “Barrel Back”

    $95,000.00

    1940 Chris Craft 19ft Custom Runabout “Barrel Back”

    $95,000.00

    1940 Chris Craft 19ft Custom Runabout Barrel Back.

    The iconic custom runabout, also known as the Barrel Back, was produced from 1939 to 1942, with a total of 433 hulls produced. They represented the highest level of craftsmanship Chris Craft ever offered because it required skilled craftsmen to produce the full half circle transom shape. These boats were the inspiration for Carlo Riva and his legendary Ariston and Aquarama models.

    This 1940 Custom Barrel Back was fully restored and is in excellent condition. It features the two-piece coverboards and the fold down Bugatti style windshields as used in 1939 and 1940.

    This 1940 Chris Craft has a west system bottom for “no soaking” usability. Power is by a Chris Craft M engine with 130 hp that was rebuilt in 2016 by Sierra Boat. The rebuilt engine has extremely low hours on it.  The deck and hull sides were fully restored in the winter of 2016/2017 by Sierra Boat as well.

    This 1940 Chris Craft is protected by a custom waterline sunbrella cover that was made in 2016.

    Don’t miss out on one of the most iconic boats of all time!

    https://www.woodyboater.com/blog/2015/06/18/thinking-of-buying-a-chris-craft-barrel-back-buy-the-best-or-else/

    • ID: VIXEN II
    • Year: 1940
    • Builder: Chris Craft
    • Model: Custom Barrel Back
    • Length: 19ft
    • Engine: Chris Craft M, 130 hp
    • Trailer: None
    • Price: $95,000.00
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  • 1942 Chris Craft 17ft Deluxe Runabout

    1942 Chris Craft 17ft Deluxe Runabout “Barrel Back”

    $48,500.00

    1942 Chris Craft 17ft Deluxe Runabout “Barrel Back”

    $48,500.00

    1942 Chris Craft 17ft Deluxe Runabout “Barrel Back”

    From 1940 to 1942, Chris Craft only produced 425 17ft Chris Craft Deluxe Runabouts or better know as “Barrel Back” runabouts. The iconic “Barrel Back” name comes from the almost perfect semi-circle transom that looks from the rear like a floating barrel when it is in the water.  Beautifully appointed, these mahogany-hulled runabouts were built to the highest standards and the graceful lines made them popular with generations of collectors and wooden boat enthusiasts.

    This 1942 Chris Craft 17ft Deluxe Runabout was found in LA where it was used on fresh water lakes in that area. The original restoration was completed in 2001 and later the boat received new coats of varnish and mirror work at Northwest Classic Boats in Grass Valley, CA.

    This boat features a no-soak west system bottom for easy use. It is powered by an upgraded Chris Craft KL engine with 121 hp which helps it move along at Lake Tahoe’s high altitude. There is no engine hour meter, but the seller has stated that the engine has less than 200 hours on it. The boat has its original 6V electrical system.

    This “Barrel Back” has been featured in magazines and books as well as been shown at Nationals, Wood & Glory, and Lake Tahoe’s Concours d’Elegance a number of times where it won third place in the “user” class. Always lovingly cared for by the seller in its custom built, insulated, ventilated, concrete floored boat barn.

    The boat comes on a 1991 DHL tandem axle trailer with new tires and bearings. This “Barrel Back” at 17ft allows for easy storage and trailering.

    • ID: LAHONTAN
    • Year: 1942
    • Builder: Chris Craft
    • Model: Deluxe Runabout “Barrel Back”
    • Length: 17ft
    • Engine: Chris Craft KL, 121 hp
    • Trailer: 1991 DHL Tandem Axle Trailer
    • Price: $48,500.00
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  • 1941 Chris Craft 19 Custom Runabout

    1941 Chris Craft 19ft Custom Runabout “Barrel Back”

    $75,000.00

    1941 Chris Craft 19ft Custom Runabout “Barrel Back”

    $75,000.00

    1941 Chris Craft 19ft Custom Runabout.

    The pre-war Chris Craft Custom Runabouts are the most iconic and collectible of all of the vintage runabouts. The 19’ version was built from 1939 to 1942. The vintage boat hobby refers to these boats as barrel backs. This is a hobby term and was never a factory name, the correct model name for the 19’ being a “custom”. In the first two years this model had a more pointed bow and fold down small windshields, often termed Bugatti windshields. For the model year 1941 and later, the hull received a more rounded bow and a four panel, folding windshield. Collectors have their preferences and the style is a matter of taste more than function. In the water they are essentially the same boat.

    The boat featured here is an older restoration with little use. It was purchased by the current owner at the Tahoe Concours d’Elegance boat show and has primarily been used on Lake Tahoe. A key feature on this boat is a glued West System bottom which is the ultimate bottom for durability. This boat can be dry launched without soaking. It also features a later series M type engine from the late 50’s. The MCL engine makes 175 hp which is 45 hp more than the original 130 hp model M. This means that the boat will really perform, especially in Tahoe’s higher altitude. It also features a 12V electrical system.

    This is not a Concours boat show winner due to the upgraded West System bottom and engine, but if you want a reliable boat you can really use, this is the one for you!

    https://www.chriscraft.com/our-story/timeline/

    • ID: MISS BEVERLY
    • Year: 1941
    • Builder: Chris Craft
    • Model: Custom Runabout
    • Length: 19ft
    • Engine: Chris Craft MCL, 175 hp
    • Trailer: 2008 Instigator Tandem
    • Price: $75,000.00

     

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  • 1939 Chris Craft 19ft Custom Runabout Barrel Back

    1939 Chris Craft 19ft Custom Runabout “Barrel Back”

    $70,000.00

    1939 Chris Craft 19ft Custom Runabout “Barrel Back”

    $70,000.00

    1939 Chris Craft 19ft Custom Runabout Barrel Back.

    The iconic custom runabout, also known as the Barrel Back, was produced from 1939 to 1942, with a total of 433 hulls produced. They represented the highest level of craftsmanship Chris Craft ever offered because it required skilled craftsmen to produce the full half circle transom shape. These boats were the inspiration for Carlo Riva and his legendary Ariston and Aquarama models.

    This 1939 Custom Barrel Back was fully restored in 1994 and was used up until 2005 when it went into storage at Sierra Boat and has not been in service until now. It represents a late 1939 build with two-piece coverboards. Unique to this year is the one-piece instrument panel. This boat has the fold down Bugatti style windshields as used in 1939 and 1940.

    It has a west system bottom, for no leak usability. Power is by a Chris Craft KFL engine with 130 hp. The upholstery is not period correct but is in good condition. The deck and hull side varnish are in good condition.

    Don’t miss out on one of the most iconic boats of all time!

    • ID: MI ELEANORA
    • Year: 1939
    • Builder: Chris Craft
    • Model: Custom Barrel Back
    • Length: 19ft
    • Engine: Chris Craft KFL, 130 hp
    • Trailer: None
    • Price: $70,000.00
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0 Responses to "Barrel Back"
  1. Hey Mac . Congratulations.
    I would like more info on Chris craft if you get a chance .Also are there any Chris Craft boat shows coming soon