1951 Beatty Belly Tank Lakester Land Speed Race Car

Summary

After World War II, hot rodders started using external fuel tanks from fighter planes as car bodies. The teardrop shape was ideal for speed record runs on dry lake beds and Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats. Californian Tom Beatty crafted this tank that was once the world's fastest.

After World War II, hot rodders started using external fuel tanks from fighter planes as car bodies. The teardrop shape was ideal for speed record runs on dry lake beds and Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats. Californian Tom Beatty crafted this tank that was once the world's fastest.

Material

Aluminum
chromium
Plexiglas (TM)
Steel

Color

Blue
Light Blue
White (Color)

Dimensions

Weight: 2165 lbs

Wheelbase: 110 in

Length: 177 in

Height: 45 in

Width: 69 in

Inscriptions

painted on side: 100-B painted on top fairing: Tom Beatty AUTOMOTIVE ENG.

Specifications

Make & Model: 1951 Beatty Belly Tank Lakester land speed racing

Maker: Tom Beatty, Sun Valley, California

Engine: Oldsmobile V-8, overhead valves, supercharged, 260 cubic inches

Transmission: 4-speed automatic

Height: 45 inches

Width: 69 inches

Wheelbase: 110 inches

Overall length: 177 inches

Weight: 2165 pounds

Horsepower: 400

Pounds per horsepower: 5.4

Competition History: Fastest car in its class at Bonneville National Speed Trials in 1951, 1952, 1955, 1959, and 1962.

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