• Dec 7, 2010
1915 van Blerck Special Speedster – Click above for high-res image gallery

Make room on your holiday list, boys and girls; here's something we definitely want to see under ye olde yuletide pine tree this year. On second thought, you'd better make it a redwood.Tucked away in the Other Makes section of eBay Motors is a custom racer with a fire engine chassis and a 17-liter engine borrowed from one of the most famous racing boat manufacturers of the early 20th century. Called the 1915 van Blerck Special Speedster, this awesome ground-pounder is over six feet tall and nearly 18 feet long. All 17-liters of displacement from the vehicle's engine is soaked up by just six cylinders, each of which has three spark plugs all to itself.

The engine was created by none other than Joseph van Blerck – an engineer who crafted record-setting engines for speed boats in the early part of the last century. According to the seller, the engine produces well over 200 horsepower and is more than capable of scooting the big machine to speeds of over 100 mph. That is, if you're brave enough to lean on the vehicle's chain-drive system. You can buy it now for the low price of $199,000, though the seller says that trading is always an option, too. Us? We think it'd make a bitchin' new sleigh for Santa.



[Source: eBay Motors]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      gotta like a 2 gpm car :D
      • 4 Years Ago
      Beast. Pure beast. Like it. Love those wheels and tires.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Holy Mother of all that is Mary. Santa better NOT be parking that thing on my roof. I think I'd rather be strapped to a cruise missile than find out the top speed of that tank. Call Leno, he's got the balls, or at least pays enough for someone else to do it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      lol 17Litres for 200hp. Its amazing how far cars have come in just 100years.
      • 4 Years Ago
      top bidder : bigchin@nbc.com
      • 4 Years Ago
      200 hp in 1915?

      There goes my daily mind-blowing
        • 4 Years Ago
        Pah. Puny internal combustion engines. If you want *real* 1915 power, head over to the rails...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Model T made 20 hp from a 2.9 L i4 motor, which roughly equates to 7hp per liter. This thing makes almost 12 hp per liter (rounding up) from it's V6. Pretty significant improvement!

        Then again, makes it even more amazing the kind of horsepower cars are developing now. I wonder what would happen if you showed Henry Ford a Honda s2000, which as you probably know, makes 120hp/liter naturally aspirated. He'd probably lose his mind haha. Or hell, a Veyron with it's 1000+ horsepower. Blerck would have needed an 85 liter v-30 engine to make 1000hp in his day...
      • 4 Years Ago
      How does Leno not own this already?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I sure hope leno has made plans for when he finally goes to the final network show up in the sky to make a museum of his car collection. Imagine a warehouse full of cool stuff like this.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's not authentic 1915, it was built about 5 years ago, has been flipped at sales and auctions at least 3 times since and it's up on the auction block again. Any reason no one keeps it? Any reason the seller "forgets" to mention it is recently built to look like a 1915?

      Hell, it's cool as is, can't put down the builder's work and resulting vehicle, but the fact of it being new ought to be known and mentioned in any auction listing and news articles. http://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2010/12/looks-very-authentic-but-isnt-its.html
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd LOVE to see what kind of torque numbers this puts down!
      • 4 Years Ago
      >200 HP and >2000 lbs ft?? Some Serious Twist.
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