There will be hundreds of collector cars going up for auction at Barrett-Jackson this month, but few will be as interesting as this custom creation nicknamed the "Lockheed Lakester". The car, registered for road use as a 1917 Crow Lakester Custom, was hand-built from the wing tip tank of a Lockheed Super Constellation and uses a mix of automotive and aircraft parts. Wedged inside the tank is a 1.8-liter turbocharged Hemi four-cylinder mated to a five-speed manual transmission, and the two-person cockpit features gunner seats and an air-speed indicator in lieu of a speedometer.

We'll be bringing you live coverage of Barrett-Jackson later this month, so be sure to check back for more photos of the "Lockheed Lakester" and more in just a few weeks.


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      Brian
      • 2 Years Ago
      I could stare at, polish and wax that car all day. That is one beautiful car.
      Steve
      • 2 Years Ago
      1917? WTF? That plane is from the 1940s or 50s for starters... Or is that not meant to be the year of the car?
        tnsubie
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Steve
        The Barret-Jackson site leads on that this is a recent custom creation from old aviation parts. I don't know where the 1917 reference comes from. http://www.barrett-jackson.com/application/onlinesubmission/lotdetails.aspx?ln=1236&aid=443&pop=0
        tylermars.design
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Steve
        yea super constellation made in 43......
      dukeisduke
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sweet, it even has the old Lockheed logo painted on the side. My question is, where do they get the "1917" from? The Connie didn't appear until the 1940s. Is the engine from a 1917 "Crow"? I do like the big self-locking nuts on the dash. I found a link that lists the owner as Eddie Pettus, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The car won first in the hand-built custom roadster class at the 2011 Long Beach Motorama.
      brenden
      • 2 Years Ago
      dang. that's awesome.
      dward
      • 2 Years Ago
      Lol, that's a neat registration trick. I was once at a car show and a guy had his "1903 Ford model O" and it was a sort of a nudge nudge wink wink affair to get it registered for road use at the local DMV. Apparently...and get this... They actually have no clue about these old cars and when they were actually made and when they weren't... can you believe that!? Apparently their attitude is, if it looks like duck(ford), runs like a duck(ford), and makes duck(ford)like noises. It must be an original heretofore unknown early model barnfind duck(er, Ford). In reality, the guy just wanted to build and drive a car he created using techniques from the brass era and that was how he got to do it. Sometimes the ignorance of buracracy can play to your advantage.
      mmapying
      • 2 Years Ago
      i thought it was the size of an ariel atom until the pic with two people
      kustomimaging
      • 2 Years Ago
      who gave you rights to use these photos . I do not see a photo credit ! thanks the photographer!!!!!!!!!! maybe i should steal something from you .
      Mpettus0787
      • 2 Years Ago
      The lockheed Lakester is just titled as a 1917 Crow, you guys are correct the tank is off of a 1950's Super Connie, You can imagine how hard it is to get something like this Titled for the street... Check out www.eddiesrodandcustom.com or type lockheed lakester into Google make sure to search pictures and videos.. Also find eddies rod and custom on facebook to see more pictures and information..