Is this the baddest and the most astonishing Buick of all time? It was built in 1952, it set a land speed record in 2012 and now it is for sale. The video shows the car driven by the Jeff Brock at the Bonneville Salt Flats where the awesome Buick hit the speed of 165.559 mph. Not extreme in today’s money, but take into account that this car was racing here more than 60 years ago.
Dubbed the “Bombshell Betty”, the car is known for its straight-eight engine taken from a Roadmaster. Bored out 320 Ci straight eight received a multitude of upgrades including the “Arias 11:1 pistons, a solid lifter cam, an Oldsmobile race-grade harmonic balancer, Jegs Quick-Fuel 750 cfm racing carburetor, as well as Wilwood hydraulics for the clutch and brake system,” as Autoevolution reports.
The power from the rig to the rear wheels is channeled through a custom built Borg Warner transmission.
Now, although this car is still called Buick, as it has, more or less the same chassis, the car is actually something of a Frankenstein-car. The front end is taken out of a 1968 Chevy van, the rear end comes from a ’73 Ford Thunderbird and axles (front and back) were taken from these vehicles.
“Betty is mainly comprised of a 1952 Buick Super Riviera – totally Frankensteined to resemble something out of a Mad Max film. With a raw, steel exterior and single racing seat interior, Betty’s futuristic aesthetics hint at its sophisticated inner workings – painstakingly designed by Brock himself.”
After Jeff Brock, a world renowned photographer, Peter Lik acquired the car which reached 165.559 mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats in 2012. Now, the thing is for sale and that for mega money of $195,000.Tags: Bombshell Betty, Buick, Roadmaster