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Highly detailed and very accurate reproduction
of the actual car. Features removable engine
cover to show the fully wired and plumbed motor.
Some history about the car:
Alex Xydias and his So-Cal Speed Shop built the
fastest unblown flathead-powered car in the history of
Bonneville in 1951. It may be a slight exaggeration
to call this land bullet a car; in fact it is as
much airplane as car.
Its body is a World War II 315 gallon belly tank from a
surplus P-38. Lockheed had spent lots of time in the
wind tunnel with these tanks making them aerodynamically
"slippery" and they were available as war surplus for
It was August of 1948 when Alex installed a
"souped-up" Vic Edelbrock Sr. built Ford 156 cu. in.
V8-60. Alex took this special car to El Mirage dry
lake in California and set a class record of 130.155.
Initially the car was run as a streamliner, but the
Southern California Timing Association (SCTA)
created a special class for these fuel tank cars
calling them "lakesters".
At the Bonneville Salt Flats
the So-Cal Speed Shop team used the V8-60 to set a class
record at 145.395. They swapped out the V8-60 for a larger
259 inch Mercury flathead and set another class record
at 181.085. They then put in a 296 inch Mercury flathead
and set yet another class record at 195.77 setting a
one-way speed of 198.34 mph.
This last class record was
broken again the next day by Mal Hoopster running 197.88
in a Chrysler Hemi powered lakester in the same
class, but the one-way speed still stands as the
fastest speed ever achieved by a normally-aspirated
At the 1952 Bonneville Speedweek,
this car was voted the "Most Honored Car in the History