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1948 Austin Gasser

1948 Austin Gasser 1948 Austin Gasser 1948 Austin Gasser In 1965 after tasting defeat at the 1965 U.S. Nationals by an AA/GS race car, Jimy Oddy decided to switch classes and go AA/GS racing himself. He sourced a 1948 Austin A40 Dorset from nearby Buffalo, New York.

After gathering parts and pieces included a 392 Hemi from GOR-DEN Automotive, fiberglass from Anderson Automotive, a 6-71 Blower, an Art Carr transmission and custom chassis work, the Austin was debuted in 1967. It immediately became a winner by beating such stalwarts as Stone Woods & Cook and Big John Mazmanian.

By 1971 the Austins, Anglia's & Willys were on the wane, soon to be replaced by Opels, Mustangs and Cuda's. After changing hands over the past 40 years, the current owner purchased this Austin in 2019 and is honored to carry on the winning tradition of the Jim Oddy Austin.

1948 Austin Gasser 1948 Austin Gasser 1948 Austin Gasser Built in 1967 at Ron Scrima's Exibition Engineering shop, this Austin had many modifications to the body style. The top was chopped by Gil Ayala at Anderson Industries. Sporting a Dave Zeuschel 1957 Hemi, the Austin was quickly disallowed in legal AA/GS competition due to numerous changes for the class. Once 'Big John' Mazmanian opted to go Nitro Funny Car racing, the Austin was sold to K.S. Pittman in 1968. Pittman campaigned it successfully and it was ultimately sold. The 'Football' was then sold to Mike Guffy who began the restoration in 2009. During the restoration it was sold to Tom Wolford where it remained until his passing. Mike Guffey then re-purchased it at auction. The 'Football' Austin stands as a testament to a time when AA/G Supercharged race cars were considered the 'Monsters of the Midway!'

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