(CURRENT OWNER OF 4-YEARS) TRULY A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO ACQUIRE A COMPLETELY RESTORED “AS DELIVERED” 1941 CHRIS-CRAFT 19 BARREL BACK — PLEASE SEE NOTES BELOW FOR HISTORY.
Restored to “as delivered” condition by: Absolute Classics Marine, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. Chief restorer was Andrew Middleton.
Successfully presented at the 2014 Lake Tahoe Wooden Boat Concours d’Elegance and received First Place in the Barrelback Class (16 boats). Judges scoring record is attached. Most, if not all ‘deficiencies’ corrected post the Lake Tahoe show.
Built in Chris-Craft’s Algonac, Michigan boatworks, Hull Number 48817 was delivered new to James R. Bell, a Buick car dealer in Natick, Mass., and registered as “BELJIM” (for Jim Bell). At some point, the “B” fell off and she became known as ELJIM”. Due to gas rationing, the boat was not used much until 1945, then summer only use until about 1966. It appears that the last time the boat was registered by Bell was 1956. A letter dated July 21, 1961, asking for an overhaul kit for a “Zenith Marine Carburetor Series 550 #80440” also exists. It then sat covered in a New Hampshire boathouse for almost 40 years as it sat from 1966 to December 2005. It was stored in a windowless boathouse to prevent UV damage, coolant drained and oil changed. Mr. Bell died, his children did not want her and she was sold in 2005 to Dr. Steve Martin of Portland, Oregon.
This early history is spelled out in greater detail in a feature story in Classic Boating magazine, Issue Number 132 (July/August 2006) where it was hailed as, “The Holy Grail of Originality”.
In 2011, the boat was acquired by its current owner and commissioned to Absolute Classics for a full ‘as delivered’ restoration. This restoration was completed in 2014, just in time for its unveiling at Lake Tahoe. She was rechristened as “Diddit”, as it was one of the bucket list of things to accomplish for the present owner.
2005 Custom Ryan trailer. Also included is a new, full Sunbrella fabric, canvas cover.