This is the 1952 Buick Super Riviera with a raw steel body known as “Bombshell Betty” that has held 6 land speed world records. A truly remarkable piece of machinery that certainly made a mark in history. It started out as a standard 1952 Buick Super Riviera produce by General Motors but it became an entirely new car when Jeff Brock, a racer from Santa Fe, New Mexico, was done with it several years later. Its last run at the Bonneville Salt Flats in 2013, it maxed at the speed of 165.735 mph which earned Bombshell Betty another title. DuPont Registry is selling old Bombshell Betty for $195,000, a crazy price for a 1952 Buick Super Riviera but we all know this one isn’t and will certainly be a great addition to every collector.
Bombshell Betty’s life started when Jeff Brock found the 1952 Buick Super Riviera in an abandoned sawmill just outside of Pheonix, Arizona back in 2008. Brock decided to build a powerful race car that featured a bare metal body. The chopped top Buick with its classic 50s design was the dream car Brock wanted for his plans.
The name Bombshell Betty is probably better than calling it a Buick Super Riviera because of all the different parts donated by other cars that went into it. Such as the race harmonic balance donated by an Oldsmobile, the rear end of a 1973 Ford Thunderbird, the front end of a 1968 Chevy Van, and the 340 horsepower 5.2 L engine from a 1950 Buick Roadmaster. The 5.2 L engine is matched with a 1960s Borg Warner T-10 manual 4-speed transmission. The brake hydraulics and clutch was supplied by Wilwood and the Competition/Plus shifter was built by Hurst.
The build took about a year to finish and Brock immediately entered Bombshell Betty in its first race during the 2009 Bonneville Nationals Speed Week, it won the special XO/GCC class with its incredible 130.838 mph record.
If you look at Bombshell Betty, you could say it came out of the Mad Max movie and would never guess that it was built to be a speed machine. The raw-steel body design was probably built to withstand all that power coming from the 320 cubic inch 5.2 L straight 8 cylinder engine. The straight-8 engine is the older cousin of the popular V8 engine and slowly disappeared around the 50s. As expected, Bombshell Betty isn’t really street legal and you’re local mechanic would probably not be able to handle all of its customized parts.
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