1952 Buick Riviera Bombshell Betty
Are you scared? I know I am, ’cause this 1952 Buick Riviera, affectionately dubbed “Bombshell Betty”, is looking more menacing than I could have ever imagined. This thing is a six-time land speed world record holder, and it’s price tag is quite similar to the one of a 2016 Porsche 911 Turbo S.
Still, nothing can compare to the unique design and overall vibe of this incredible vehicle. The once 1952 Buick is worth more than a sum of money; it has a certain value collectors and petrol-heads definitely appreciate. Bombshell Betty shows off various custom components that keep it far away from its classic days as a Buick.
It comes packed with a race harmonic balancer from an Oldsmobile, the dynamic front end from a 1968 Chevy Van, and the rear was sourced from a 1973 Ford Thunderbird. Underneath, you’ll find a a 340-hp 5.2-liter engine that used to power up a 1950 Buick Roadmaster.
This may as well be Frankenstein’s car, with Betty packing an early 60’s Borg Warner T-10 manual four-speed transmission, while the clutch and brake hydraulics come courtesy of Wilwood and the Competition/Plus shifter made by Hurst. That unrefined Gotham City-style look was achieved by taking the roof off and lowering it by 8″ – I have to say I love how that looks. Bombshell Betty has topped out at 165.735 mph (266.7 km/h), at Bonneville in 2013. How awesome is that?