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Marvin the Martian 1923 Ford Drag Car Cranks Out 1,700 HP from a 392 HEMI

Amateurs drag race production cars, either stock or modified, on the strip or on the road. But real professionals get behind the wheel of something like the 1923 Ford we have in the gallery below, and keeping this thing’s immense power in check is where the real talent comes into play.
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The no-nonsense four-wheeled monster has been purpose-built for drag racing down to the last bolt. The special chassis holds a fiberglass body from where Marvin the Martian gives you his signature look, the proper fat wheels at the rear to get the thing off to a flying start, and a supercharged HEMI up front that eats methanol for breakfast at an alarming rate.

As with any drag car, there are two very important aspects to take into consideration: the engine and the cockpit.

In the case of the former, we’re talking about a 392ci (6.4-liter) HEMI so heavily modified it is hardly recognizable. It comes with Venolia flat-top pistons and forged aluminum rods, Clevite mains, Titan high-pressure oil pump, Mondello ported and polished heads, and many more. All are topped off by a Littlefield 671 competition blower.

The cockpit, large enough to hold just one individual, comes with a full roll cage, AutoMeter Pro-Comp gauges, a race seat, and of course clearly labeled toggle switches.

The drag car is NHRS certified (until 2022, that is) and has already seen its fair share of races in the past. Testimony to that are the many signatures featured on the rear, including that of racer and engineer Don "Big Daddy" Garlits, known to many as the father of American drag racing.

The Ford drag car is presently for sale on a specialized website. It goes for much less than some other custom builds out there, including ones that are roadworthy: the asking price is a little under $35,000.

Editor's note: This article was not sponsored or supported by a third-party.

 
 
 
 
 

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