• Jun 12, 2009

1946 Aero Packard Flyer "Dream Rod" - Click above for a high-res gallery

We thought a vehicle like Jay Leno's Tank Car would be a one-off. After all, how many hot rods out there are thirty feet long and have a 1792 cubic-inch turbocharged V12 underneath the hood putting out 1600 horsepower? Well, this bad boy that we spotted at the Los Angeles Concours this past weekend doesn't exactly have that powertrain, but as you can see from that massive engine poking out of its fuselage, it does have some rather impressive hardware. What is it, you ask? A 2500 cubic-inch Packard supercharged V12 originally used in a PT boat from WWII.

The 41-liter motor produces an astounding 2000 horsepower and 3000 lb-ft of torque. That's right, this thing is actually even more bad ass than Leno's tank car. Known as the "Dream Rod", it was constructed by Rodney Rucker, one of the three Blastolene Brothers also responsible for building the tank car and the insane Hemi Trike we spotted at the Grand National Roadster Show earlier this year. Check out our high-res photos in the gallery below.

Update - we've added a video of the Dream Rod starting up after the jump.



Photos copyright ©2009 Drew Phillips / Weblogs, Inc.



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      • 5 Years Ago
      Here's waiting for the first "that's not very green" comment.

      This is 100% win in badassery. I think I would have gone for a better looking gearshift, as well as some good Auto Meter gauges, as opposed to those cheap Sunpros.
      • 5 Years Ago
      nice , but now its time to put it in the hands of a tame racing driver some say ~~~~ all we know is that they call him The Stig

      .. prolly run out of gas before u could really put ur foot into it
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's like a WW2 fighter on wheels. In other words, awesome.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I was lucky enough to see this car in person, and they started the engine!! Pure awesomeness, sounded much like a dragster.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Retired and surpassed in horsepower, Poor Jay!
      • 5 Years Ago
      those air filters are as big as my head, i bet it would suck in small babies if you took those off.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Its even more impressive to see this IRL.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So can you take this to the drag strip?
        • 5 Years Ago
        NOPE Needs rollbar and drag chute
      • 5 Years Ago
      They fired this thing up... OMG everyone came running to about 50 feet and was then repulsed by the wall of sound from this thing.

      And yes it is street legeal... Well at least it is registered and they have driven it on the street. They somehow have it titled as a 40 something.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Lifetime Badass certification: Approved
      • 5 Years Ago
      Im well hung.
        • 5 Years Ago
        and girlie at the same time
      • 5 Years Ago
      At first, I asked myself, "Is this really necessary?"

      Then I thought about it, and it is. For the sheer merit of its being, it's necessary and required for this world.
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