Bombshell Betty, a six-time, land speed world record-holder, caught our attention with her chopped and decked raw steel and a Buick Roadmaster 320 cubic inch straight eight. Then we got to know her more and realized that there's more to her than just looks. This 1952 Buick Super Riviera Coupe has been crushing competitions since 2009 and she'll crush your heart in this slideshow. Oh, and did we mention that she's now for sale?
Designed by engineer Jeff Brock, Bombshell Betty boasts a raw, steel exterior and single racing seat interior with futuristic aesthetics.
Betty’s front was taken from a 1968 Chevy Van with a dropped axle, narrowed to 11” and solid mounted, and complete with mid 30’s Chevy headlight buckets.
Her rear is from a 1973 Ford Thunderbird, with a 9” differential and a 2.73 positraction configuration.
The Mooneye rims are custom made by Rally America of California with 23 x 15 tires in the front and Dunlop LSR 32 x 118 tires in the back.
The engine is a modified 1950 Buick Roadmaster 320 cubic inch, eight-cylinder beast. Brock also installed Arias 11:1 pistons for low compression and a medium grind, a mild-running, solid lifter cam, an Oldsmobile race harmonic balancer to cut down on engine vibration and parasitic power loss, and an early 60s Borg Warner T-10, manual four-speed transmission.
She won her first competition in 2009 at Bonneville’s Nationals Speed Week by hitting 130.838 mph. On her last trip to the Bonneville Salt Flats in 2013, Bombshell Betty set a new record, topping out at 165.735 mph before being retired and turned over to world-renowned landscape photographer and car enthusiast, Peter Lik.
And here's a video of her doing her damn thing.
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