Airplane Belly Tank Car

Colleen Townsend, selected "Miss Safety First" by the Southern California Timing Assn., poses in a streamlined car made from an airplane belly tank mounted on a Ford frame in <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO100100102380000" title="Los Angeles" href="/topic/us/california/los-angeles-county/los-angeles-PLGEO100100102380000.topic"></a>Los Angeles on Jan. 21, 1948.  The car, built by Bill Burke, is powered by an inverted Mercury motor mounted in the tail and has been clocked at more than 139 mph.

( Associated Press )

Colleen Townsend, selected "Miss Safety First" by the Southern California Timing Assn., poses in a streamlined car made from an airplane belly tank mounted on a Ford frame in Los Angeles on Jan. 21, 1948. The car, built by Bill Burke, is powered by an inverted Mercury motor mounted in the tail and has been clocked at more than 139 mph.

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