Limited Edition Models of Awesome Gassers from the
“Good Old Days” of Drag Racing!

1941 Willys Gasser: Willys-Overland produced these cars from ’37-’42. Willys Americar was the official name for the ’41 and ’42 models. The company later regrouped to form the immortal Jeep brand. Today it is amazing that $634 could buy a new Willys back in the day. Willys coupes were and are often modified into gassers. We have seen some that are beyond awesome. Many enthusiasts today vote the ’41 Willys the most popular gasser ever.

1940 Willys Gasser: Perhaps the second most popular gasser ever, the ’40 Willys has a distinctive two-piece grill assembly and a slightly different trim arrangement. Other than these two points, our understanding is other differences are quite subtle (i.e. wipers mount at the top of the windshield on a ’40 vs. the bottom on a ’41) and ’40 Willys are very similar to ’41 Willys in most other areas.

1933 Willys Gasser: In 1933, Willys-Overland priced their new Willys Model 77 coupe at a mere $395! Lightweight and with a 100” wheelbase, this car turned out to be ideal for use as a gasser - though not with its original four cylinder engine. During the “Gasser Wars” era, gasser legends such as “Ohio George” Montgomery, Chuck Finders, K.S. Pittman, Bones Balogh, Doug Cook and Jack Coonrod had great success with various ’33 Willys gassers.

1957 Corvette Gasser: Of the “first generation” Corvettes (’53-’62), the ‘57 already had great styling and performance, able to do the 1/4 mile in 14.3 seconds straight from the factory. A total of 6,339 Corvettes were produced in 1957. We often wonder how many have been turned into formidable gassers.

1948 Anglia Gasser: Manufactured by Ford in the U.K., Anglias were at one point touted as the “cheapest cars in the world”. Due to their spartan features, Anglias were not hugely popular in the ‘50s but a wheelbase rule change by NHRA in 1963 paved the way for short wheelbase (90”) Anglias - and their Thames and Prefect “cousins” - to gain fame and fortune as gassers.

1955 T-Bird Gasser: 1955 was the first production year for the Ford Thunderbird, developed to compete directly with Chevy’s Corvette. And in 1955, the T-Bird outsold the Corvette by a margin of 26 to 1. Porthole windows were added in ’56, though some shops customized ’55 models with these windows. Starting with a 102” wheelbase, once other mods were included, these cars could be turned into mind-blowing gassers.

1955 Nomad Gasser: Everyone’s favorite Nomads are those built during the “tri-five” years (’55, ’56, ’57). Nomads have unique styling and are perhaps most well-known for being 2-door stations wagons as opposed to the more traditional 4-door wagons. Nomads still have a huge number of present-day enthusiasts. Turning a Nomad into a gasser creates a hot rod that is truly “something else”.

1951 Henry J Gasser: Produced from ’50 to ‘54 by Kaiser-Frazer Corp., the Henry J was built as an inexpensive car for the masses. Rear windows were fixed and early Henry J’s did not even have trunk lids. Being 18” shorter than a typical Chevy of that era, Henry J’s eventually caught on as great cars to turn into gassers. With that distinctive front end, Henry J gassers can really be imposing!

1949 Chevy Gasser: We admit ‘49 Chevys are not as popular to turn into gassers as ’55 Chevys but a well-built ’49 Chevy gasser can still be a monster. Distinctive features include a two-piece windshield, bulging rear fenders and massive grill. In 1949, the postwar economy was booming and Chevy offered 14 different models (Fleetline and Styleline series), though the “gasser” version was left up to good old American hot rod ingenuity!

1955 Chevy Gasser: Arguably the coolest gasser of them all (we are biased). Built correctly, with a solid front axle, fiberglass components, fenderwell headers, radiused wheel wells, slicks and of course, a monster motor, your classic ’55 Chevy gasser becomes an incredible machine. Adding to this car’s fame are starring roles in two classic movies – American Graffiti and Two Lane Blacktop.