1951 Beatty Belly Tank Lakester Land Speed Race Car

Date:
1951
Creator:
Beatty, Tom, d. 1985

After World War II, hot rodders started using external fuel tanks from fighter planes as car bodies. The teardrop shape was ideal for speed record runs on dry lake beds and Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats. Californian Tom Beatty crafted this tank that was once the world's fastest.

Location:
20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124-5029
Identifier:
2009.140.1
Institution:
The Henry Ford
credits:
From the Collections of The Henry Ford.