In 1954 Horace E. Dodge, Jr. enlisted famed naval architect John Hacker to design the Unlimited hydroplane ‘My Sweetie - John Francis
’. This boat was the third in a series of ‘My Sweetie’ racing craft owned by Mr. Dodge, and was destined to be the final unlimited race boat from the famed drawing board of Mr. Hacker. This magnificent boat is all original; as such it is one of the only racing craft of its type to remain so throughly intact. The boat was built by the renowned builder Les Staudacher, and uses the original gearbox created by racer and boat designer Dan Arena. It also comes with a spare Arena gearbox, the only one in existence. Horace E. Dodge, Jr. was one of boat racing’s most involved benefactors, an active racer and boat owner from 1921 until his death in 1963. This boat was named for his son, John Francis Dodge. It was raced in 1954 and 1955, and then the boat was placed in storage for decades. After its discovery at Horace’s original Dodge Boat factory on Lycaste Avenue in Detroit, the boat eventually ended up in the possession of famed collectors Thomas and Charlotte Mittler.
Dr. Muscatel acquired My Sweetie - John Francis
from the Mittlers, and then restored it to it’s original glory. The boat was water tested on Lake Chelan in 2014 before its exhibit at the Lake Tahoe Yacht Club Concourse d’Elegance in 2015. Dr. Muscatel describes the My Sweetie - John Francis
as ‘a great running boat, safe, fast and fun’! This boat is equipped with a special trailer allowing it to be ramp-launched.
Boats associated with Horace E. Dodge, Jr. are some of the highest valued craft in the world, and his special racing boats are exceptionally rare. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own one of history’s most unique and special boats.