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The Coffin

Again in the early-2000s, I initial listened to rumors of “The Coffin.” At first campaigned in the 1950s, it was created around a steel Product T roadster entire body and a 1932 Ford frame. Though the pieces were being easy, the configuration created them memorable. How so? Well, the engine was in the bucket and the driver was enveloped within a total hood.

It’s a person of all those cars and trucks that you hardly ever fail to remember. Previously this 7 days, a photo of it popped up on Instagram. I have witnessed a handful of images of it by way of the many years, but I realized I’ve in no way seriously analyzed it. Soon after having a nearer seem, I pulled a major supply off the shelf, Rodder’s Journal #16, the place my pal Bob Rothenberg tells the tale.

“It had a blown Chrysler, and the driver would sit beneath the hood and look out by means of a ’32 grille shell,” he informed Thom Taylor for the posting. “The builder of that car was Jack Card. It was termed ‘Michelin Card,’ and we took it to the ’58 Nationals in Tulsa and it received leading eliminator there. It was in all probability a person of the very first rear-engine drag autos ever completed, really neat. The automobile was gorgeous—it had small panels in the aspect of the hood you could seem out of, but you could not see the driver. That is why they termed it the Coffin.”

There is no denying that Card’s Coffin was on the slicing edge in the late-’50s. The entire set up is downright menacing, and it should have taken some severe engineering to kind out the steering and brakes. If I recall properly, it was highlighted in Warm Rod Journal in 1958 or 1959. Does everyone have a duplicate of the posting useful? I’m certain I’m not the only 1 who would like to study additional.

Joey Ukrop

Check out the Coffin at the 5:48 mark. Up right up until the time of writing, I had constantly thought it was black. Appears to be like wonderful in coloration, does not it?

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