Every once in a while we feel an unholy tug to plonk down wads of our hard-earned cash on stupid, insane cars that will with a high degree of certainty cause us grave bodily harm. DEATH WISH is a new, semi-regular series where we’ll explore cars that you really shouldn’t get anywhere near. Today, it’s a crazy salt-pan runner with a plexiglass nose and more than a whiff of danger about it … read on!
Today’s Implement of Destruction: Lynde Kawasaki Lakester
Towards the end of WWII, the Imperial Japanese Air Force was getting a bit desperate and set about designing some human-guided missiles to wreak havoc on “Bull” Halsey’s Third Fleet. You might know them as the kamikaze. Ralph Lynde, a storied drag racer and belly-tanker, must be a student of history, because his missile-shaped device would look right at home nosediving into the deck of an aircraft carrier.
This lakebed racer is built from a F-100 Super Sabre droptank, with a healthy dose of plexiglass in the nose so you can see your fate rushing to meet you, and what seems to be a late-model Kawasaki ZX-9R engine to propel you to terminal velocity. The motor is apparently set up to ingest a deadly cocktail of alcohol and nitrous (don’t try that at home!), and while it made 128 HP stock, we assume it’s making a fair bit more here.
But don’t worry! When the bearings check out and the high-strung Kawasaki motor ventilates its crankcase the hard way, we’re sure you’ll be able to avoid the shrapnel in that roomy drop tank body. At 20″ wide and 25″ tall, the frontal area is minimal, meaning that wind resistance will be the least of your concerns. With the reserve north of $30,000, this isn’t the cheapest way to horribly mangle yourself, but it does lend a degree of style and sophistication to any harm that may result.
[Source: Ebay Motors]