1933 Willys Drag Racer

Summary

Gasoline-burning coupes and sedans nicknamed "gassers" were enormously popular with drag racing fans in the 1950s and 1960s. Between 1959 and 1966 this Willys and its owner/builder/driver "Ohio George" Montgomery won its class at the National Hot Rod Association national championships six times. Willys were small economy cars in the 1930s but their light weight made them favorites with drag racers. Montgomery was a talented mechanic and machinist who frequently modified his "World's Wildest Willys" to keep it competitive over the years. This is its final version, with the top chopped four inches, fiberglass hood, fenders and doors, and a supercharged single-overhead-cam Ford V-8 engine.

Gasoline-burning coupes and sedans nicknamed "gassers" were enormously popular with drag racing fans in the 1950s and 1960s. Between 1959 and 1966 this Willys and its owner/builder/driver "Ohio George" Montgomery won its class at the National Hot Rod Association national championships six times. Willys were small economy cars in the 1930s but their light weight made them favorites with drag racers. Montgomery was a talented mechanic and machinist who frequently modified his "World's Wildest Willys" to keep it competitive over the years. This is its final version, with the top chopped four inches, fiberglass hood, fenders and doors, and a supercharged single-overhead-cam Ford V-8 engine.

Artifact

Racing car

Date Made

1958

Subject Date

1933

Creators

Willys-Overland Motor Company 

Montgomery, George, 1916-2000 

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.

Driving America
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Driving America

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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