Where Are They Now?

I have been trying to locate the surviving Marbon CRV's and AMT Piranha's for quite some time. A few have surfaced. Here is a list of the survivors and some speculation on others:

The "Man from U.N.C.L.E." Car

After years of searching, Robert Short of Malibu, CA finally found, acquired, and restored the "Man from U.N.C.L.E." Piranha. An avid fan and prop collector of the U.N.C.L.E. series, Short has restored the car to how it appeared in the last season of the show. Robert and Gene Winfield appeared in a special featurette about the car that was included with the complete U.N.C.L.E. series DVD collection.

A detailed story about the finding and restoration of the car appear at The Return of the "Man from U.N.C.L.E." Car

Robert Short stands with the "Holy Grail" of props from the "Man from U.N.C.L.E." series, the AMT Piranha U.N.C.L.E car. Robert found the car in pieces in Colorado and carefully restored the car to its' former glory.

AMT Piranha Dragster

After just missing an opportunity to purchase this car in 1990, former drag racer "Big Daddy" Don Garlits finally acquired the Piranha Dragster for his museum from the estate of the late Rich Riddell. Riddell had begun a restoration of the car but lost interest. When Garlits purchased the car in 2009, it was total disassembled.

Read about the history and restoration of this car at Don Garlits acquires Piranha Dragster

The front part of the lower  tub still had the original Winfield paint job and lettering.

Rich Riddell purchased the Piranha Dragster in 1990 and had planned a full restoration. However, the project was delayed and Riddell passed away in November 2008. Sometime later, Don Garlits received a call from Mrs. Riddell offering the car for sale. Garlits made an offer and acquired the car. The car will be completely restored and placed in his Drag Racing Museum in Ocala, Florida.

AMT Piranha Sports Racer

Shortly after completing the building of the Piranha Dragster, AMT completed a racing sports car version of the Piranha. They hired up and coming driver Dick Carbajal to race the car in many SCCA events. After AMT dropped sponsorship of the car, Carbajal purchased the car and continued to race it until it was eventually sold. The car went though several owners and was eventually refitted for street use.

An auto restorer named Frank Zucchi spotted the car sitting under a semi trailer in Santa Clara, CA and purchased the car to restore. Frank currently races the restored vehicle in vintage car races around the country.

Read about the restoration of the AMT Piranha sports racer at Frank Zucchi restores Carbajal Piranha.

This is a rare color photo of the sports racing version of the AMT Piranha.

This is a rare color photo of the sports racing version of the AMT Piranha built by AMT in 1967. Wearing a blended, Winfield paint job, the car appeared at many SCCA races around the country piloted by young Dick Carbajal.

Dann Deaver's Piranha

Only a few stock Piranhas were built by AMT before their arrangement with Marbon Chemical was dissolved. The completed, but unsold cars were returned to Detroit where they were badged as CRV's and used as promotional vehicles for Cycolac at various Marbon facilities.

Eventually several of the cars made it into private hands. Phillip Len Walczak of Warren, Michigan lived in the same neighborhood as the owner of a stock Piranha and purchased the car when it was offered for sale.

The original designer of the CRV, Dann Deaver, found out about the car and soon persuaded the owner to sell it to him. The car was painted red with a black faux vinyl top when acquired by Deaver. Dann passed away some years ago but the car remains with a member of the Deaver family. The car has been partially disassembled and has been stripped of its' red paint. The car will hopefully be restored soon.

Read more about this car at Dann Deaver's Piranha

This red 1967 AMT street Piranha was owned by Dann Deaver until his death. The car is still owned by a member of the Deaver family and is in the process of being restored. The car is currently in yellow primer and partially disassembled.


Dave's Yellow Piranha

Another former AMT Piranha wearing CRV badges surfaced in Pittsburg PA. This car was probably on display at Marbon Chemicals Parksburg, VA facility. The car went through at least two previous owners before Dave L. purchased the car from his daughter's boyfriend. Dave owned an auto repair shop and also worked on race cars before selling his shop and retiring.

The Piranha has since been completely rewired, the square headlights reshaped to round, and is in primer, awaiting new paint.

Dave L. of Pittsburg enjoys a short drive in his yellow AMT Piranha. Although the car has CRV badges on the hood & truck, the car has been verified as a Piranha. The square headlights have been restored to the original configuration during the restoration.

UPDATE: This car was recently purchased by website owner Nick Whitlow and relocated to Illinois.

Jon's Piranha Basket Case

The original "Man from U.N.C.L.E." car was built by AMT using a complete or partially completed car furnished by Marbon Chemical (probably CRV-VI). When the Marbon/AMT arrangement was dissolved, Marbon wanted the car back. Gene Winfield wanted the U.N.C.L.E. car for the show car circuit. An agreement was made that Winfield would convert the car back to a "stock" vehicle and he could keep the spy parts to rebuilt the U.N.C.L.E. car on a different chassis.

The rebuilt Marbon chassis got a new stock body painted green with black stripes along the rocker panels. However, the car retained the U.N.C.L.E. fiberglass lower valance and Piranha roof line. Because of these differences, the car became known as "the green car nobody liked" at Marbon.

Ultimately the car was given away or sold off and was disassembled for some reason by its' owner. The car was later purchased in pieces by Michael Kollins of Detroit, MI who planned to mount the body on a Lotus Europa chassis. The project stalled and was then sold as a basket case to Jon C. in Indiana.

During the exchange from owner to owner, some of the rear suspension parts and other items have been lost. Part of the original fiberglass chassis had also been cut away in preparation for mounting on the Lotus chassis. The car can be rebuilt, but either a new space frame or original fiberglass chassis would be needed to complete the car.

The remains of an AMT Piranha sit in a building in Northern Indiana. This car has the original chassis from the U.N.C.L.E. car which was converted back to a stock vehicle and shipped to Marbon Chemical when AMT ceased production of the Piranha.

UPDATE: This car was sold to website owner Nick Whitlow several years ago and then resold to Keith W. of Ft. Lauderdale, FL.


Under the direction of Marbon Chemical, Centaur Engineering built the first CRV. It toured the country and the world. At one time it was sent to AMT's Speed and Custom Shop in Phoenix, AZ as an inspiration for the new AMT Piranha.

Eventually the car made its' way into private hands. When last spotted in 1973, it was owned by actor James Brolin of California. The original Sunbeam 4-cylinder engine had apparently been replaced with VW power and the car was used for racing. We are trying to contact Brolin to find out what happened to the car.

Young actor James Brolin stands next to the original CRV-I which has been converted into a racing car. A VW engine and exhaust take up the rear and a new paint scheme and sponsor decals appear on the car. The current location of the car is unknown.


The CRV-II was built and raced by Trant Jarman during the 1965-66 SCCA seasons. Eventually it was retired and refitted with a roof. The car has since disappeared but rumors persist that the car was sold to a car company or collector and shipped to Japan.

After a successful career in SCCA racing, the CRV-II was retired and refitted with a roof and full windshield. Easily identified by its' rear fender bulges, the car has disappeared, but may be in Japan.


Shortly after being built in 1966, the CRV-V coupe was sent overseas to promote Cycolac in Europe. The car made the rounds of many car builders, including OSI in Italy. During a test drive, an OSI employee lost control and flipped the CRV over in a ditch. The car was undrivable and was returned to the US.

Eventually the damaged body was removed and the chassis repaired. The car was eventually sold as a rolling chassis with a new uncut body and ended up in the hands of Bruce Jones in Michigan.

Read more about Bruce's CRV at Bruce Jones CRV Restoration Project.

This shot of the CRV-V was taken shortly before the car was wrecked by an employee of the Italian coachbuilder OSI. The company felt so bad about wrecking the car that they agreed to build a new car for Marbon Chemical using a CRV chassis and body fitted with Renault running gear. The damaged car would eventually end up in Bruce Jones garage.


Because an OSI employee had flipped the CRV-V during testing, the Italian coachbuilder offered to replace the car if Marbon would furnish a new body and chassis. Thus, the OSI CRV was born. The OSI replaced the CRV-V as a promotional tool in Europe for the use of Cycolac. When finished , the car was driven some 5,000 miles by Marbon employee Guus Bierman in 1967.

After serving its' purpose, the car was parked at the Marbon facilities in the Neatherlands and eventually purchased by an employee that used the car for racing. Eventually it was retired and sold to a pair of brothers who stored the car on the family farm. The car resurfaced recently and was purchased by Oliver Franz, an OSI fan.

The car has been towed to Oliver's home and will soon be restored.

The OSI CRV was originally painted French Blue with white stripes, but was painted solid white for racing. The car is still in remarkable shape after being stored in a barn for many years.

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