Classicly on Fire – 1941 Willy’s Coupe

By Jennifer Shaffer

Harliquin flames on the 1941 Willy's Coupe

Showing off for the camera.

This Willy’s was originally built by Clayton’s Custom Cars for Gary Smith as a yellow show stopper. After its purchase by John Rosatti, the coup was disassembled for repainting using PPG Automotive Finishes black and dressed out with Harliquin flames. The custom interior is done up in spice and black leather, with air brushed details by Augi’s Artworks. It rolls on Budnik Gasser series polished aluminum wheels; 17×7 on the fronts and 17×15 on the rears. Stopping is done through polished Baer 2-piston brakes and controlled through a polished front and rear coil over suspension system.

A blower hat protruding through the hood is just a tease of what’s underneath; a Keith Black, polished aluminum, 667ci Hemi V8, sporting a Sonny Bryant crankshaft, custom ground cam from CompCams, Childs & Albert rods connected to Ross 7.5 compression pistons. Sitting atop the block are polished Indy 16 spark plug, 16 injector cylinder heads…. I did mention that blower hat right? It’s bolted to the top of a polished BDS 10/71 system. The entire assembly is feed pump gas through a BDS fuel system and helped along by nitrous when it needs just that little extra kick. Behind the massive power house is a PTC TH400 transmission and 3500 stall.

Interior, 1941 Black Willy's with Flames

1941, Black Willy's Coupe - Interior

The drive train is finished off with a CCC fabricated Ford 9” rear, 3.55 gears, and true track differential.

The car was chosen by Budnik Wheels as September 2008’s “Cool Ride of the Month.”

Just in case you missed it in the notes, this is a converted top fuel motor tucked inside a nearly sinister looking 1941 Willy’s coup. I feel only slightly bad for the poor guy with the mini van two pumps over at the gas station.

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