1970 Tony Nancy 722 AA / Top Fuel Dragster 'The Sizzler'SOLD
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Estimate: $200,000-$250,000 US

Specifications: Est. 2500bhp, fuel-injected, supercharged 426-cid Hemi V-8, solid front axle with torsion bars, solid rear axle, two-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 199"

After 15 years in NHRA drag racing competition, running a series of innovative, beautifully-finished and often record-setting, front and rear-engine cars in several gas classes, Tony Nancy decided to go for all the marbles, competing in the fastest, most dangerous class of all: AA/Fuel. Like every Tony Nancy racer before it, this AA/Fueler would be a rolling work of art. Steve Swaja designed it around Tony ’ s wishes: “ I wanted to sit high and straight in the car, so that I could see around the blower, ” Tony told his biographer, Tom Madigan. “ Body design was important; the car had to be beautiful. The shape had to attract attention (and) be a crowd-pleaser. ” Tony began with a Woody Gilmore chassis, made of 4130 chrome-moly tubing, with selected additions from SPE and aerodynamic aids from Don Long. With Reseda Dodge (and 21 others!) as sponsors, the heart of the matter was a stout, Keith Black-built de-stroked 396-cid Hemi V-8 (Tony says 389-cid in his book) with a cast-iron block and modified, meticulously ported heads, Forged-true pistons and Mickey Thompson rods. Balance Engineering Co. balanced all the reciprocating parts. Racer Brown supplied one of his hot 73R cams, with lightweight pushrods and rocker arms. Iskenderian dual valve springs, a Tom Larkin-built 8-71 blower, Enderle injectors, a Cirello magneto and Cyclone “ zoomie ” headers rounded out the engine modifications.

A Schiefer clutch and flywheel hooked up the power to a Schiefer-geared 4.10 rear end with Goodyear 17.00:16 drag slicks. Stopping chores were handled by Hurst-Airheart discs and a P&G Drag chute. The elegant body, replete with front, side and rear spoilers, was fabricated by Tom Hanna, and painted by Bill Carter in brilliant, three-tone, orange-on-orange lacquer. Tony himself did the trimming, including the prancing seahorse motif he only used on race vehicles.

“ There doesn ’ t seem to be room for experimenting with odd-ball engines in the top digger classes any more, ” Tony told Popular Hot Rodding ’ s Tom Madigan, with typical understatement. “ In order to make it, ”‘ The Loner ’ continued, “ you have to run what everyone else runs, so I decided to build a fueler and run just for the bucks. ” Typically, Tony did a lot more. Completed in just seven months, Tony broke Don Prudhomme ’ s strip record at San Fernando on his third-ever fuel-propelled run in this car, a 7.11-second “ getting-to-know-you ” thriller. Soon afterward, he cracked off a ‘ sizzling ’ 6.72/224-mph sprint at Orange County Raceway, and then was runner-up, to Larry Dixon, in Top Fuel at the NHRA Winternationals. Dialing everything in, Tony convincingly won Top Fuel in this car at the 1970 Bakersfield Fuel and Gas Championships. Argus Publications ’ Lee Kelley commented, “ Tony Nancy smokes it into the fuel digger ranks in a big way: runner-up at Pomona, and Top Eliminator at Bakersfield! ” Tony had beaten 32 other diggers, had a best-of-meet top speed of 228-mph, demonstrably proving he was a great driver with nerves of steel. His winning run was a blazing 6.75 seconds at 221.36 mph. “ Good preparation is the key to winning races, ” Tony liked to say. A generous helping of sheer courage was essential, too. Tony was no stranger to either one. During the rest of 1970, Tony set a strip record at Oklahoma City, low E.T. in Fremont, a new West Coast low E.T. at Lions along with a top speed of 232-mph. Later the wheelbase was stretched to 200-in, and a full Keith Black 426 Hemi helped it run even faster in 1971. Tony Nancy retired from drag racing in 1976, and was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 1997 California Hot Rod Reunion. Always a tough, courageous competitor, Tony could visualize a new car, build it beautifully, tune it to perfection, then drive it to a major championship win – a feat he repeated time after time. Despite his nickname, “ The Loner, ” he made friends everywhere. Whenever hot rod heroes are mentioned, you ’ ll hear the name Tony Nancy. “ The Sizzler ” became the subject of a large-format Revell model. After the car was retired, Tony restored it to the perfect condition you see here. Three major trophies will be included with the car. Ready to fire up for a ‘ cacklefest, ’ on display as rolling sculpture in a private collection, or in a museum, Tony Nancy ’ s historic top fueler remains a stunning example of 1970 ’ s-era hot rod art.

Please note that this vehicle is a race car and therefore offered on a Bill of Sale

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as of 7/25/2007

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