1939 Chevrolet powered by WW2 aircraft engine

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With the SEMA Show on the calendar next week, this Pick of the Day was selected because it would fit right in among the highly customized and modified hardware that will be on display at the Las Vegas Convention Center and the parking lots that surround the three-building complex.

The Pick of the Day is a 1939 Chevrolet sedan being sold by the builder’s widow.

“My husband’s dream car, it took several years for him to build,” she notes in the car’s advertisement on ClassicCars.com. “He showed it just one year, winning many awards, before he died suddenly of a heart attack.”

The car and its builder at the Detroit Autorama

The car was stretched 4 feet in length and 2 feet in width so a supercharged World War II Allison aircraft engine could be fit ahead of the passenger compartment.

The ad notes that the engine — which displaces 1,710 cubic inches — is street legal and runs on regular gas-station fuel.

The transmission came from a Chrysler, the 9-inch rear end from Ford, and the car has power steering and computer-controlled ignition. There’s also an auxiliary motor in the car’s rear that powers electrical and cooling systems, the ad notes.

The asking price is $250,000 for the unique car, located in Vermontville, Michigan.

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To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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