In my opinion, the ’60s and ’70s were the golden era for drag racing. There were all kinds of amazing drag cars built during the time period, with everyone trying to find new was of getting down the quarter mile faster than ever! It really was an amazing time for the sport. This ’55 Chevy isn’t one of the most famous dragsters built during the era, but it definitely is a cool piece of history and represents the times well. It was built around 1960, but saw use all the way into the ’80s. At one point it was part of Wes Johnson’s team “Locomotion” and it still wears the teams colors! It went into a barn in ’85 and was there until 2007. It can now be found here on eBay in East Haddam, Connecticut with a BIN of $18,500.
As was the case with most drag cars, this Chevy has seen it’s fair share of different power plants. Most recently it’s been running a 454, but it’s had everything from a fuel injected 331 to a big block. It comes with the last 331 that it was raced with, but it’s seized up. The seller has removed the 454, but will include it for extra. Hopefully the 331 can be rebuilt, as it was a serious power plant prior to being parked. It was supposedly running in the high 10’s, which must have been a trip!
While I’d love to see the Locomotion on the street, it really belongs at the drag strip. While there were lots of cars built for racing back in the day, many were driven till they were no longer competitive. They were then stripped of anything useful or valuable, with the rest just being scrapped. Having a fairly complete and intact racer from the golden age of drag racing is incredible and really should be preserved. So do any of you remember seeing this car run in Virginia?