1933 Willys Drag Racer

Summary

When machinist George Montgomery started racing in 1953, all drag racers were amateurs with "real jobs" supporting their hobby. This car helped change all that. Montgomery bought an old Willys in 1958 and built a dragster so successful that promoters started paying him to run at drag strips nationwide. In 1966, Montgomery became one of drag racing's first full-time professional drivers.

When machinist George Montgomery started racing in 1953, all drag racers were amateurs with "real jobs" supporting their hobby. This car helped change all that. Montgomery bought an old Willys in 1958 and built a dragster so successful that promoters started paying him to run at drag strips nationwide. In 1966, Montgomery became one of drag racing's first full-time professional drivers.

Artifact

Racing car

Date Made

1958

Subject Date

1933

Creators

Willys-Overland Motor Company 

Montgomery, George 

Place of Creation

United States, Ohio, Toledo 

United States, Ohio, Dayton 

Creator Notes

Original car manufactured by Willys-Overland, Toledo, Ohio, in 1933. Rebuilt as a drag racer from 1958-1967 by owner/driver George Montgomery of Dayton, Ohio.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

2003.20.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Fiberglass
Metal
Rubber (Material)
Glass (Material)

Technique

Customizing

Color

Light blue

Dimensions

Height: 65 in

Width: 72 in

Length: 161 in

Weight: 2245 lbs

Inscriptions

Painted on doors: OHIO GEORGE / MALCO / AUTOMOTIVE CHEMICALS Painted on hood: DAYCO RACING BELTS Window decal: AA/G 360 Label on parachute: SIMPSON

Specifications

Make & Model: 1933 Willys (drag racing)

Maker: George Montgomery, Dayton, Ohio

Engine: Ford V-8, single overhead cam, supercharged, 427 cubic inches

Transmission: 3-speed automatic

Height: 65 inches

Width: 72 inches

Wheelbase: 100 inches

Overall length: 161 inches

Weight: 2245 pounds

Horsepower: 1200

Pounds per horsepower: 1.9

Competition History: Winner of National Hot Rod Association U.S. Nationals class championships in 1959, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1964, and 1966 and Winternational class championship in 1967. Winner of Little Eliminator at 1959 and 1960 U.S. Nationals and Middle Eliminator at 1963 U.S. Nationals.

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