Barris’ SnakePit consigned to online auction

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There are six Ford Cobra engines hidden within the low and long bodywork of George Barris' SnakePit | H&H Classics photos

‘SnakePit,” a radical six-engine dragster designed by George Barris, is being offered at no reserve during H&H Classics’ first online-only auction scheduled for February 2, 2019, the British collector car specialist company has announced.

“The chance to own a Barris Kustom doesn’t pop up every day,” the company said in its announcement, noting the sale of Barris’ own 1962 Batmobile for $4.62 million at auction in 2013 and listing many other cars created by the late customizer.

H&H said Barris finished SnakePit in 1975 after a four-year build. The low-slung vehicle resembles a road-going hydroplane, or as AutoWeek put it when writing about the car in 2017, “two coffins connected together.” AutoWeek noted that the car was designed for land speed-record racing.

When AutoWeek wrote about SnakePit, it was being advertised for sale for $750,000.

Power is provided by six Cobra-Ford 351cid V8 engines which feed a pair of automatic transmissions. H&H says the vehicle was designed to produce 2,000 horsepower and achieve a top speed of 300 mph.

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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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  1. Sadly one of the least interesting Barris Customs (down there with the Sonny and Cher Mustangs…), but I still must ask…can you actually DRIVE it?

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