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Blastolene Indy Special - Click above for high-res image gallery

We said earlier that the Bonneville Boss Transporter with its Proud American land speed rocket was the most unique vehicle at the auction. Well...we might just have to take that back. Behold this "1952 Watson Roadster" (that's what it's registered as, at least) built by the Blastolene Brothers, better known as the Indy Special. You might remember some of the other Blastolene creations including Leno's tank car, the Hemi Trike, and Piss'd Off Pete.

The Indy Special is everything you'd expect from a Blastolene-built car. Like Leno's, it has a 1792ci M47 Patton tank engine, although naturally aspirated, producing 910 horsepower and 1500 lb-ft torque. At 270 inches long and a weight of 8400 lbs the sheer size is enough to impress just about anyone. Just about everything on the car being hand-built including the aluminum body, and we've heard it cost over $400,000 to make. That makes the final price of $280,500 actually seem reasonable.

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When Street Rod builders Randy Grubb and Michael Leeds came across two M47 Patton Tank engines, they immediately bought them and began sketching ideas for cars to build around the massive engines. The 1792cid SOHC aluminum V-12 engine is air-cooled and fed by dual 2-barrel carburetors. Power output is estimated at 910hp and 1500lb-ft of torque. The massive powerplant is mated to an Allison 4-speed automatic transmission that was originally designed to handle the workload of a Greyhound bus. The first Blastolene Special was finished in 2002 and then quickly sold to Jay Leno. This is the second and only other tank powered car built by the artists at Blastolene. The hand-built aluminum body was formed in the spirit of the shark-nosed Watson Roadsters that were very successful at Indy in the '50s and '60s, but nearly twice the size. With a 160" wheelbase and an overall length of 270", it's no wonder that this creation weighs in at 8,400lbs. This wonderful piece of automotive art is very capable on the open road and is a thrill to drive. **TITLED AS A 1952 UUU WATSON ROADSTER**

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Yes, but will it blend?
      • 5 Years Ago
      " the most unique vehicle at the auction"

      Unique = one of a kind.
      Does that mean that this car is "oner of a kinder" ?

      There are no degrees of uniqueness.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Steampunk? Yes
      Cool ? Certainly
      Practical? Not
        • 5 Years Ago
        awesome? hell yeah :D
      • 5 Years Ago
      All that exquisite craftsmanship, and the switch labels are plastic stick-ons? The Pre Oil sticker is even peeling.
      Patrick Dennis O'Con
      • 3 Years Ago
      Do want.
      • 5 Years Ago
      where would you even drive this ??
      • 5 Years Ago
      It appears to be missing the "turret" option which apparently acts as a theft deterrent.

      Pretty sweet looking automobile, very well done. I prefer the looks of this to Leno's.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "So, what you got under the hood?"

      - "M47 Tank Engine"
      • 5 Years Ago
      It sounds like Blastolene is losing money with each vehicle they make, they lost money on last year's Barret-Jackson auctioned car too. Reminds me of dozens of other boutique car firms, mostly ones that are now bankrupt. You can't afford to make eye candy with a $400,000 overhead forever when you can't even sell it for $300k.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah I was kind of shocked when I saw they had another vehicle in the auction this year after last years poor result. Their kind of customer just doesn't seem to attend Barrett Jackson, maybe they should try Gooding or Russo &.Steele.