The legendary Bonneville speed vehicle has gone up for sale on eBay and it may very well be a collector’s snatch because it has a very low bid – a shame for this 1952 Buick Super Riviera-Land Speed Race Car, owner of a Bonneville Record.
Calling it unique is a bit of an understatement, the front end uses an inverted truck front bumper, the rocker and fender skirts were hand built by sculptor and photographer Jeff Brock, the roof has been chopped eight inches and raised slightly to meet the rear deck. The headlight assemblies, meanwhile, were direct rip-offs from a 1930s Chevrolet and the 1968 front axle assembly off a Chevy van was tucked in between the fender skirts. And under the apocalyptic-looking aluminum bodywork can be found an eight-cylinder engine off a 1950 Buick Roadmaster.
It was doing 340 horsepower (253 kilowatts) back in the day and has upgrades like a custom intake manifold from Hart’s Collision-Racing Shop with a Jegs-Quick-Fuel 750 centimeter racing carburetor, as well as a nine-inch Ford rear end lifted off a 1973 Thunderbird. It’s paired to a Borg-Warner T-10 four-speed manual transmission – and Betty has its records to prove the assembly was done right. Back in 2013 it owned the land speed record in the XO/GCC class at Bonneville, with a run of 165.735 miles per hour (266.725 kilometers per hour), so it’s the quickest 1952 Buick Super Riviera in the world.