Back again in the early-2000s, I first read rumors of “The Coffin.” At first campaigned in the 1950s, it was built close to a metal Model T roadster entire body and a 1932 Ford frame. Though the pieces were uncomplicated, the configuration produced them unforgettable. How so? Properly, the engine was in the bucket and the driver was enveloped within a whole hood.
It’s a single of all those automobiles that you by no means forget. Earlier this 7 days, a picture of it popped up on Instagram. I have viewed a handful of shots of it as a result of the a long time, but I understood I’ve by no means definitely researched it. Just after having a closer glance, I pulled a major source off the shelf, Rodder’s Journal #16, where my buddy Bob Rothenberg tells the tale.
“It experienced a blown Chrysler, and the driver would sit underneath the hood and glimpse out by way of a ’32 grille shell,” he advised Thom Taylor for the report. “The builder of that car or truck was Jack Card. It was identified as ‘Michelin Card,’ and we took it to the ’58 Nationals in Tulsa and it gained top rated eliminator there. It was probably just one of the 1st rear-motor drag vehicles ever finished, genuinely neat. The auto was gorgeous—it had minimal panels in the facet of the hood you could look out of, but you couldn’t see the driver. Which is why they termed it the Coffin.”
There’s no denying that Card’s Coffin was on the cutting edge in the late-’50s. The full set up is downright menacing, and it have to have taken some significant engineering to form out the steering and brakes. If I remember appropriately, it was featured in Incredibly hot Rod Magazine in 1958 or 1959. Does any one have a copy of the post useful? I’m certain I’m not the only just one who would love to discover more.
Check out the Coffin at the 5:48 mark. Up until eventually the time of creating, I experienced generally imagined it was black. Appears to be terrific in shade, doesn’t it?
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