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Street Legal Dragsters |

Street Legal Dragsters

Recently I have been wondering what would make a really cool and really unique Hot Rod? What did my wondering come up with? I thought of a Street Legal Dragster! My next thought was “Someone had to have built a street legal dragster before right?” I figured there has to be a dragster that has been built, is driven on street and still makes weekend passes at the drag strip! So I set out to find one and here is the story about my finds.

One thing I did find out is that street legal dragsters are rare and REALLY REALLY HARD TO FIND! I did guess that they were going to be rare and hard to find but not this hard! There are really only about  5 street legal dragsters in  existence, along with one street legal funny car and one street legal sprint car! That is it, just a small handful!

Anyway enough of my ranting of how hard they were to find. Here is what you came for the Street Legal Dragsters!

The Stragster

A 34 Ford Street Dragster known as the Stragster, powered by a 354 Hemi, with Fuel Injection, and tremic 5 Speed Tranny

 

The Stragster is a street legal dragster owned by Vince Spretnjak of Calumet Collision Hot Rod Shop. The idea behind the Stragster is meant to be a Hot Rod that is part Pro Street 34 Ford and part 60′s Slingshot Dragster. The Stragster is powered by a Blown Mopar 354 Hemi, with old school style Hillborn Fuel Injection, Aluminum heads, and Vertex Magneto ignition. All of this is hooked up to a Tremec 5 speed transmission.

The Stragsters Blown 354 Hemi

 

You can see more of the prostreet influence in the rear with the DOT tires and the 34 Ford body

The engine and 5 speed are hooked up to a 9″ Ford rear with a coil over suspension. 4 disc brakes are used to stop this monster in a hurry (you know for when you racing, driving fast in the street). Unlike a lot of Pro Street Cars and one of a kind projects like this, the Stragster is actually driven on the street! It is anything but a garage queen!

The Interior of the Stragster, check out the race gagues, 60s style shifter and the steering wheel is a 60's Slingshot steering with a 32 Ford wheel.

 The Super Mustang

Drag Racer Tom McEwen is best known for being Don “The Snake” Prudhomme’s drag racing rival in their famous Snake vs Mongoose Funny Car match races in the early 70s. Before he became the Mongoose  however, Tom McEwen was a Ford guy and with Fords help, he built a street legal dragster in 1967 named the Super Mustang.

The Ford Super Mustang

The Super Mustang may not look anything like the typical Ford Mustangs but, I guess you can say this is what the Mustang would look like if the it was a slingshot dragster. At the time it was first built the Media called the Super Mustang a publicity stunt! They thought the car was just publicity stunt between Ford and McEwen to attract more attention to Ford’s drag racing and Ford’s cars since Ford was being overshadowed by Chevy and Mopar and it was Ford’s way of getting on the radar.

I am not much of a Ford guy but Publicity Stunt or not the Super Mustang is nice!

The Super Mustang is powered by the famous Ford 427 SOHC “Cammer” engine, the body is a Fiberglass/Plexiglass body designed to look like a Slingshot Dragster (technically it is a Slingshot Dragster).

The Super Mustangs 427 SOHC Cammer Engine

The Super Mustang has only ever made a few race appearances. The most famous of these appearances is at the 1967 NHRA Winternationals where Tom McEwen got the dragster to run 8.60 @ 180 MPH which was an amazing time for a car to run, especially a street legal car for the era. The car was also featured on the cover of a 1967 Issue of Car Craft. The Super Mustang disappeared (expect as a Hot Wheels car) largely because it remained in the late great Mickey Thompson’s Private Collection till his death in 1988. The Super Mustang wouldn’t be seen again till the late 2000s when it was spotted at a few car shows and later sold for $154,000 at Gooding & Company Monterey Auction in 2009.

The Super Mustang at the 1967 NHRA Winternationals

Here are the other Street Legal Dragsters that I have found. Sadly these don’t have as large of a  story or any specs  like the Stragster and the Super Mustang but they are still a cool sight to see.

I Found this little digger on the HAMB, its done in a late 50s, early 60s style T-Bucket Slingshot, back in the late 50′s most dragsters where modified T-buckets.

A Street Legal Slingshot, sadly no info on it.

 

Who evers slingshot this is I like to give you credit

 

This Picture looks like its from the 70s, no info on this one either

I believe this is the Street Legal Slingshot that was featured in the 1968 Issue of Car Craft

Street Legal Dragster from 1968

 The Moody Blues

The Moody Blues isn’t a Street Legal Dragster but a Street Legal Funny Car. The Moody Blues is a 1970 Opel Street Legal Funny Car.

The Moody Blues Street Legal Funny Car

I am not sure the current status of the Moody Blues but back in 2010 the car kept showing up for sale on ebay, as a Street Legal Funny Car. The Moody Blues is powered by a blown 392 Hemi hooked up to a 2 speed transmission. The Moody Blues was also featured several years ago in Hot Rod Magazine.

It may still be for sale, so if you want a Street Legal Funny Car try to find it

Even though they were  hard to find, there are Street Legal Dragsters out there cruising on the roads. These cars have to be one of the coolest hot rods a man could own, they are unique, look cool and make great head turners. How would you like to show up for work every morning in a dragster?

6 comments on “Street Legal Dragsters

  1. Graham Monk on said:

    Hi Josh. Very interesting article. I’m currently researching a street rail that was built here in New Zealand in 1970. Only too happy to send you some pics and a little info if you can give me an email address.

    Regards,
    Graham.

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  4. Robby N Jones on said:

    i can remember in the 60′s hot rod mag had a piece on street legal dragsters. They had a vw muffler in each pipe. 4 Wheel brakes,thats it,street legal dragsters…

  5. Hi Josh, very interesting article. Been looking into a few things and your info helps.

    Cheers mate :)
    Tarique

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