Ever Heard of the Glass Slipper Classic Hot Rods?

Ever Heard of the Glass Slipper Classic Hot Rods? | Auto Restoration
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Since those early desert runs under the hot California sun millions of hot rods have come and gone. Models you would expect and models you wouldn’t have gone through the magic of hot rod restoration and come out fire breathing, rubber burning beasts. Over the years a select group of hot rods have been elevated to “all-timer” status. The Cortopassi brothers Glass Slipper is an all-timer.

If you ask us it looks more this classic hot rods looks like a ski boot, but ‘The Glass Ski Boot’ doesn’t have quite the same ring. We will spare you the cheesy Cinderella word play and skip straight to the facts.

The Glass Slipper introduced a lot of firsts. It was champion for speed and a champion for beauty. It was the first hot rod with an aluminum frame and an enclosed cockpit. After a few design upgrades it was named Most Beautiful Competition Car at the Grand National Roadster Show in 1957. It ran 181 at Bonneville. It got even faster when it was fitted with a nitrous powered unblown 302 sbc. Legend.

Muscle Car Rebuild of the Week: 1968 HEMI Dart

Muscle Car Rebuild of the Week: 1968 HEMI Dart
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In 1968 the production model Dodge Dart was okay; classic design, decent power. Of all the ’68 greats it is probably not at the top of your muscle car rebuild wish list. But, as we all know some of best muscle cars of the era were not designed for public consumption. The mad scientists gave them the Frankenstein treatment to create track and drag strip monsters.

That is exactly what happened when Hurst Performance gutted a Dodge Dart and fitted it with a 426 HEMI, fiberglass hood and light weight steel fenders and bumpers. Less than 80 units were sent to Hurst to be Frankensteined for the track. And Hurst didn’t worry one bit about making them pretty. The cars were delivered with no rear seats, reinforced cargo van seats in the front, primer grey; mean and ugly basically. And damn effective. The 1968 HEMI Dart hit 10 seconds in the quarter mile with ease. And how about that HEMI. The street version of the 426 dyno tested out at over 430 bhp. Just imagine what those modified drag racers cranked out. Man, we would love to hook one up for testing in our garage!