Showdown: Dig These Groovy Gassers!

In our last showdown, the Volvo C30 shunted its two competitors into the weeds for a commanding 56% of the vote. Today, we’re reducing the number of choices so as not to confound addled pre-vacation brains. Two groovy gassers will go neck-and-neck in the Hooniverse drag strip of public opinion – who will prevail?

I tend to have a habit of creating landslide Showdowns, and I sense this might be another one despite my ardent passion for this ’48 Chevrolet Fleetmaster. Can it stand up to a more traditional ’50s gasser with a lift the size of a monster truck? I think it can – I’ve never seen a Fleetmaster turned into a gasser, and such a classy one as that. Dig the nose flank art – “Strip Teaser” – and the purposeful stance. It doesn’t hurt that this Chevy packs a (as far as I can tell) fully built LT1 350 feeding into a 9″ rear with Detroit Lockers. The dash has nicely integrated, original-looking gauges and a broad swath of chrome, and the interior is as clean as you could want from a used but well-maintained racer. Plus it’s likely to be a good deal cheaper than what the Bel-Air will likely sell for.

Of course, when it comes to stance, this ’53 Bel Air 210 is in its own motley league. Not knowing a ton on gassers, even I can tell that this is an extreme lift. Weight transfer be damned, it looks righteous. The color is probably not for everyone and I’d bet a whole silver dollar that its next owner paints it flat black, but the detail I’m most fond of is the “406 CU. IN.” decal on the side of the intake – that’s pitch-perfect. You could eat off of just about any surface on it, and a pair of Holleys making a claimed 650 HP running through a 10-bolt rear end will mean it’ll run like a politician from a scandal.
For this Hoon, this is a neck-and-neck battle. Let’s see how the underdog does.
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  1. Tim Odell Avatar
    Tim Odell

    Despite the LT1, Fleetmaster it is.
    If the HP claims are to be believed, the 10bolt in the Bel Air is maybe good for 1 pass before spewing its 90wt soaked guts all over.

    1. Han_Solex Avatar

      That sounds inefficient. Disposable diapers are good, disposable rear ends are not.

  2. Alff Avatar

    I sure like the Fleetmaster but suspect the Bel Air is fleeter.
    BTW, tri-5 years are '55-'57.

  3. SSurfer321 Avatar

    $20 in singles?
    Every self respecting gentlemen's club patron knows that you bring $2 bills. In the dark they look like twenty's and the entertainment rewards your gracious tipping more.
    Or so I've heard….

  4. Han_Solex Avatar

    I knew that, dammit! Good catch – I'll edit the post. Lesson learned – coffee BEFORE posting.

  5. engineerd Avatar

    I'm voting Fleetmaster. I like Fleetmasters. Probably because everyone knows a Bel Air when they see one. Drive the Fleety around town and you'll get more looks.

  6. Jeff Glucker Avatar
    Jeff Glucker

    The Fleetmaster looks likes it wants to party, but the Bel-Air EATS SOULS…
    Bel-Air SoulMaster please

  7. Smells_Homeless Avatar

    If I have to pick, it's going to be the green one, if only because white is the color choice of imagination-free people. However, I abhor this fake gasser offshoot of the rat rod scene, which I also abhor. So much more "lifestyle accessory" than "fast car."
    Sorry to be all negative, but I have to call 'em as I see 'em.

  8. muthalovin Avatar

    “406 CU. IN.”
    'Nuff said.
    I am glad the showdown is "priceless" now. Makes things more interesting.

  9. soo΄pәr-bādd75 Avatar

    Not a fan of either, but I'll go Fleetmaster on this one. I can deal with the nose up stance much better than the monster truck look of the 210. Besided, the pinup on the side just has a cool retro look.

  10. Slow Joe Crow Avatar
    Slow Joe Crow

    Is it just me or does the rear three quarter view of the '53 look like a Volvo Amazon?

  11. Han_Solex Avatar

    You guys done me proud here – so far it's the Fleetmaster by a long ways. Not at all what I thought.

    1. longrooffan Avatar

      Hey Han…..It is Hooniverse afterall..we can get the "run of the mill" Gassers all over these tubes. The Fleetmaster offered is definitely the Most Desirable….Thanks for sharing it with us…

  12. sam Avatar

    come on. An lt1? That is about as imaginative as a rigid harley or yenko clone. Nice try but ffffffail.

  13. Buickboy92 Avatar

    I LOVE That Bel Air!

  14. groovy Avatar

    nice groovy, i think its good article. good luck

  15. Edelina Avatar

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