Words & photos - Daniel Bevis
Well now, how's this for a slice of fried gold?
This was one of my clear favourites at last year's Retro Show - a flawlessly finished and beautifully presented car that can run the quarter-mile in 8.79 seconds @ 153mph; 0-60mph takes comfortably under two seconds. Quite a long way removed from the standard road car, then...
The base car is a 1968 Vauxhall Victor FD, which has had a two-door conversion as well as being swapped to left-hand drive for weight-distribution purposes. Stuffed into that engine bay is a 545ci (8.9-litre) big block Ford V8 - just to annoy the Vauxhall purists - which runs on methanol and enjoys such trinkets as forged Mahle pistons, steel Eagle crank and conrods, three-stage dry-sump system and plenty of other tricks. It all adds up to 800bhp, travelling via a ProLine 5000 Powerglide transmission to a Mark Williams spool diff. It's topped off by a gorgeous paint job, beautifully uncluttered and dripping in retro charm.
Keep an eye out for it in the 2015 season too - they're planning to run a 10.8-litre engine!
Click here for more info on the car.
Spotted at the 2014 Retro Show - more photos here.