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History The Hassad Roadster

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Ryan, Jun 10, 2020.

  1. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
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    Ryan submitted a new blog post:

    The Hassad Roadster

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    Continue reading the Original Blog Post
     
  2. Wow.....what a looker !
     
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  3. Rolleiflex
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    Damn that's sweet!

    @Ryan is that some sort of centrifugal supercharger in the opening b&w picture?
     
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  4. Ryan
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    I'm not real sure to be honest... Certainly appears to be some sort of crank driven forced induction, but you would expect to see something running up to the intake.
     
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  5. The37Kid
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    I've seen that car somewhere on the internet, remember reading about running the reversed Halibrand wheels. Nice car, think it was road raced back in the day. Bob
     
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  6. Gearhead Graphics
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    Eh, I mean I guess if you wanna show more pictures of the car I might look at them.

    His old man was pretty ahead of the times!
     
  7. Not your cookie cutter T!
     
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  8. Automotive Stud
    Joined: Sep 26, 2004
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    I like the earlier version without the lower cladding better, but I guess that's why we are all here.
     
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  9. bowie
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    Very innovative, kinda has a Highland Plating vibe to it. Thanks for sharing it.
     
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  10. Jeff Norwell
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    This was a post by Jim on a Hemi thread.. I love this car... well.. any Hemi powered car.... but i love it. Screen Shot 2020-06-10 at 11.40.14 AM.png
     
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  11. GordonC
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    Love old cars like this...
     
  12. wow, I knew had seen that car on the net once.. love it..
     
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  13. TCTND
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    I remember discussing this car with him at Laguna some years ago. I knew a little bit about his father Ira, who built the car, as he was famous for his involvement in miniature (tether/track) racing. He built many high performance engines for model cars and aircraft, some of which went into production. All of them are highly sought after by collectors now.
     
  14. hotrodzmartin
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    Pretty cool, pretty cool.....
     
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  15. From the November 1955 issue of HOT ROD magazine:

    HRM - November 1955 - pg 33.jpg
    HRM - November 1955 - pg 34.jpg
    HRM - November 1955 - pg 35.jpg
    HRM - November 1955 - pg 36.jpg
     
  16. Jalopy Joker
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    Thanks for sharing - look forward to more pics and info like above ^^^ -- sure ain't no "belly button" build
     
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  17. Here's some vintage photos of "The Hassad Roadster" from @Jim Hassad's archives:

    1953 - 241 cu in hemi in crate.jpg
    1953: Halibrand mags, 23T "real steel" body, chromoly tube frame, 241 cu in "crate motor"


    1954 - Red Ram HEMI in Ira Hassad Roadster at Bonneville.jpg
    1954: Red Ram HEMI at Bonneville


    1954 - Paradise Mesa Drags.jpg
    1954 - Paradise Mesa Drags (1).png
    1954 - Paradise Mesa Drags (2).png
    1954: Test running at Paradise Mesa drags


    1954 - Entire family does -fit!.jpg
    1954: Family outing


    1958 - In Line for start at B'ville.jpg
    1956: Start line at Bonneville


    1958 - at El Mirage - 151 on gas.png
    1958 - at El Mirage - 151 on gas.JPG
    1958 - El Mirage Timing Tag.jpg
    1958: at El Mirage​
     
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  18. Gearhead Graphics
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    I oddly prefer the early wrap around windshield to the other versions. Usually not something I'd like. So ugly its cool?
     
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  19. corncobcoupe
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    Bitchin'
     
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  20. SRM did a story on the car in the 90s, thats the era I like the best. Car ran at Bonneville as well.
     
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  21. Hollywood-East
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    This car is Epic Kool.... On Sooo many levels... Just Wow! $
     
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  22. tjm73
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    I sent a message just the other day to the owner asking if he had any larger pictures. What a cool car! That front suspension is thinking way out of the box.

    Bummer that his family had no interest, damn I'm glad someone has it that will take care of it.

    I would love to see more pictures of every version over the years.
     
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  23. I'm guessing Gary & Diane Cerveny ... who lost 30 of their cars (including the Norman Timbs Special) to the 2018 "Woolsey Fire" in Malibu. :(
     
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  24. RJP
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    Better hope Moriarity doesn't catch site of that IFS, he might delete this thread....
     
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  25. corncobcoupe
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    He wont.
    Big difference in this ahead of its time built IFS.
    Versus the dial 1-800 - Mustang II ordered ones that gets deleted.
     
  26. Tim
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  27. I caught the road race vibe off the first B&W shown here. That front suspension looks kinda like a Delahaye 135. All these photos are ace. I gotta get my nephew onto this site. Maybe he'll pay Alliance membership. He has to see that blower. 22 y.o. obsolete blower collector/enthusiast.
     
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  28. OneRustedDodge
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    I saw this car often at local shows growing up. It's so weird that it's cool.
     
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  29. 392
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    Impressive
     
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  30. Stogy
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    Genious meets Hotrod Material back in the day and I liked the Wrap Around windshield b&w Version best but this man obviously wanted and engineered Road Race built into Primitive Beauty...Thanks for Sharing that Wild Thing and 150mph Wild at that...;)
     

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