In the late 1950’s drag racing became very popular in the States, especially among America’s youth. Many of these young drag fans didn’t have a lot of money to buy and build a drag car, so they would find whatever car they could that would accept a big engine. Ford’s Model B fit the bill perfectly, as Ford’s V8 from the nearly identical Model 18 would fit perfectly in the place of the Model B’s 4 cylinder. This ’32 Victoria, the Vicky was one of the rarer of Model B body styles, became a Gasser in the mid ’60s and was raced until it was parked in 1971. You can find it at HiSpeedCustoms.com with an asking price of $65,000.
This Gasser is a blast from the past. The car was missing the engine and transmission, but the seller built a period correct 327 performance engine for it and mounted it to a Muncie 4 speed transmission. Gassers weren’t meant to be pretty, but to go fast and we bet this one goes real fast.
Here you can see the 327 with its 6 Stromberg carbs, McGurk intake, fuelie heads and faux paint job to match the exterior of the car. We would love to have seen this car with the original race engine, but this setup probably performs better and details like the faux paint job make it hard to tell that it isn’t the original.
The interior was redone in the ’60s when the car was built for racing. It appears to have survived the hot Tucson sun pretty well. This Vicky definitely needs to be left as is and driven. We would treat some of the surface rust and have the body sealed, so you can keep the beautiful patina as is. This car has to be a blast to drive.