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

A “gasser” is a type of hot rod originating on the drag strips of the United States in the late 1950s.

Most gassers are based on production models from the ‘30s through the ‘60s that have been stripped of extra weight, modified with a solid front axle and “jacked up” with suspension modifications. These changes provide better weight transfer and improved traction on acceleration. Cars with shorter wheelbases are preferable due to lower overall weights. Other weight-reduction techniques include fiberglass body panels, stripped interiors, bumper removal, plexiglass windows and more. Built for racing, gassers are often subject to an engine swap and it’s common to include a supercharger, fuel injection and headers. These changes translate to faster speeds and lower elapsed times at the drags.

The “gasser” name arose because these cars were drag raced in a “gasoline driven” class, as opposed to using racing fuels such as nitromethane or alcohol. Cars entered in this class were designated in various divisions (A/G, B/G, A/GS, etc.) based on a weight-to-engine cubic inch displacement ratio.

Certain brands of cars are well-suited to being modified into gassers. This includes names such as Willys, Anglia, Henry J, Austin, Studebaker, Thames and of course, Chevrolet and Ford. Over the years, many of these cars have been turned into formidable racing machines on the strip and street.

The “Gasser Wars” Era occurred during the mid to late 1960’s. Back then, gassers were hugely popular and teams of drag racers competed across the U.S. Many teams were sponsored by engine component manufacturers to promote their speed-related equipment. Race results (some true, some inflated) were used in advertisements for upcoming drag races. In the early ‘70’s, other drag racing classes gained popularity and gassers were seen less frequently. However, with nostalgia drag racing now gaining in popularity, we are pleased to see more and more gassers on highways and drag strips. Gassers are also popular in foreign countries such as England, Australia, Sweden and others though drag racing remains predominantly a U.S. activity.