This amazing and record breaking 1952 Buick Super Riviera Coupe is up for sale. It’s been highly modified to take six land speed world records by Jeff Brock of Rocket Heads Studio, and as then owned by photographer Peter Lik. And it’s now up for sale on the duPont Registry for $195,000.
Named Bombshell Betty, the Buick is powered by a Buick Roadmaster 320 cubic inch, 5.2 litre, straight eight cylinder engine, bored out, with low compression pistons and with a lifter cam, Oldsmobile race harmonic balancer, race carb, and a four-speed Borg Warner manual four speed.
The front end was donated by a 1968 Chevy Van, the rear is from a 1973 Ford Thunderbird, the top has been chopped 8 inches, and the wheels are custom made by Rally America of California.
The end result is a post-apocalyptic 1950’s vision which started winning in 2009 at the Bonneville Nationals Speed Week. By the sixth win in 2013, Bombshell Betty had reached a speed of 165.735 mph. Not bad for a 1952 Buick Super Riviera Coupe at the age of 61.
A vision in raw steel, Bombshell Betty has a brutal beauty. Even if it’s a pure competition car, you could easily enjoy admiring it between runs.
For reference, the original 1952 Buick Super range came with 4.1 and 4.3 litre eight cylinder engines, and the larger of the two was capable of more than 90 miles per hour, and a 0-60mph time of around 14.5 seconds from 124hp. The larger 320 engine put out 168hp as standard, but given the size and weight of the Buick Roadmaster it still wasn’t exactly sprightly.
So taking a 1952 Buick Super Riviera Coupe and almost doubling the top speed is a pretty impressive achievement. And certainly worth the asking price…