1951 Beatty Belly Tank Lakester

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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.

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


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

Wheels and tires

Wheelbase: 110 inches

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