|12/20/11 10:13AM||Dragsters, hot rods, Prostreet, Racing|
Street Legal Dragsters
Street Legal Dragsters
About a week ago I was wondering what would make a really cool and very unique Hot Rod. What did my wondering come up with? A Street Legal Dragster! I realized this was a cool idea but I also thought someone had to have built one before right?There has to be one that has been built, is driven and makes weekend passes at the drag strip. So I set out looking for a street legal dragster and here is the story and what I have found.
One thing I did find out is that street legal dragsters are rare and REALLY REALLY HARD TO FIND! I figured they were going to be rare but their really may only be 5 or 6 rear dragsters in existence and one street legal funny car and one street legal sprint car and that’s it!
So here are some of the street legal dragsters (they may be the only street legal dragsters) that I have found.
The Stragster is owned by Vince Spretnjak of Calumet Collision Hot Rod Shop. The idea behind the Stragster was meant to be a Hot Rod that was part Pro Street and part Slingshot Dragster (if you ask me, I say they got both parts down really well). The Stragster is powered by a Blown Mopar 354 Hemi, with old school style Hillborn Fuel Injection, aluminum heads, and Vertex Magneto for ignition. All of this is hooked up to a Tremec 5 speed transmission.
The engine and 5 speed are hooked up to a 9″ Ford rear with a coil
over suspension. 4 disc brakes are used to stop this monster in a hurry
(you know for when your
The Super Mustang
Drag Racer Tom McEwen is more known for being Don “The Snake” Prudhomme’s drag racing rival in there famous Snake vs Moongoose races in the early 70s racing in there Mopar Funny Cars. Before this however Tom McEwen was a Ford guy and with Fords help, he built a street legal dragster in 1967 named the Super Mustang.
The Super Mustang may not look like the other Mustangs but I guess you can say its what the Mustang would look like if the Mustang was a slingshot. The car is said to have been a publicity stunt between Ford and McEwen to attract more attention to Fords drag racing and Fords cars.
The Super Mustang is powered by the famous Ford 427 SOHC “Cammer” engine, the body is a Fiberglass/Plexiglass body designed to look like a Slingshot Dragster (technically it is a Slingshot Dragster).
The Super Mustang has only ever made a few Appearances, the most famous one at the 1967 NHRA Winternationals where Tom McEwen got it to run 8.60 @ 180 MPH which was an amazing time and speed for the era. The car was also featured on the cover of a 1967 Issue of Car Craft. The Super Mustang disappeared (expect as a Hot Wheels car) largely because it remained in Mickey Thompsons Private Collection till his death in 1988. It wouldn’t be seen again till the late 2000s when it was spotted at a few car shows and later sold for $154,000 at Gooding & Company Monterey Auction in 2009.
Here are some of the other Street Legal Dragsters I have found. Sadly these don’t have as large of a Back Ground story like the Stragster and the Super Mustang but they are cool.
I Found this one on the HAMB, its done in a late 50s, early 60s style T-Bucket Slingshot
I believe this is the Street Legal Slingshot that was featured in the 1968 Issue of Car Craft
The Moody Blues
The Moody Blues isn’t a Street Legal Dragster but a Street Legal Funny Car. The Moody Blues is a 1970 Opel Street Legal Funny Car.
I am not sure the current status of the Moody Blues but back in 2010 the car kept showing up for sale on ebay, as a Street Legal Funny Car. The Moody Blues is powered by a blown 392 Hemi hooked up to a 2 speed transmission. The Moody Blues was also featured several years ago in Hot Rod Magazine.
Even though they were a Hard Find, there are Street Legal Dragsters out there. Street Legal Dragster has to be one of the coolest hot rods a man could own, they are unique, look cool and make great head turners for when you are driving on the road.