A gift to the Museum of American Speed from Eric Zausner's EZ Spindizzies Foundation.
Based on the Blue Train Bentley, this 1933/34 Ford Victoria was concepted and created by Eric Zausner, designer, Alberto Hernandez, and builder, Steve Moal. The infamous, Bentley Blue Train was based on a ’28–’30 Speed Six chassis of the French endurance racing eras. The Bentley Blue was originally created for the Blue Train Race: an early competition that pits automobiles against a locomotive on a 700-mile, overnight run.
With era specific modifications, using inspiration from 1930’s Grand Prix cars mixed with steampunk elements, the features and details throughout are incredible. The Falconer V12 aircraft engine, built by Ryan Falconer has over 800hp. The body was reverse chopped and the cabin features a hydraulic actuated folding top for ventilation. Zausner and Moal added mechanical hand-actuated exhaust cutouts and the interior features aircraft instrument gauges throughout, bomber themed seats and hand retractable headlights.
Much consideration was taken creating the chassis and foundation. The dry-sump tanks were hand built with carefully routed return lines and airboxes. Steve Moal and his team built the frame entirely from scratch with a 5-inch extended wheelbase to accommodate the V12 engine.
The driveline features a Tremec five-speed and a 9-inch Ford rearend using coil over suspension. The front uses an I-beam axle on torsion bars. The dual rear wheels nod to the ’30s Grand Prix racers who doubled up their rear tires for more traction. The tires wrap knock off style one-off wheels rolling on a 116-inch wheelbase, an increase of 4 inches from a stock ’33 Ford.
Undoubtably, with Eric Zausner’s passion for hot rods, coupled with the engineering feats of Steve Moal and his team, this creation breaks the mold with extraordinary detail and craftsmanship.