First debuted in the spring of 1948, the So-Cal belly tank bodywork was a mishmash of colour and primer as money and effort by speed shop founder, Alex Xydias was directed at mechanical priorities in the pursuit of speed. Repainted in white and ‘Pontiac Gold’ with the now infamous scallop, it was the class of the field and by the end of the 1948 season, the V8-60 powered tank set a fastest speed of 132.93 mph in September and attained the Class A Streamliner record at 130.155 mph. In January 1949, the ‘new’ So-Cal belly tank graced the front cover of Hot Rod magazine and the rest as they say, is history.
ACME Diecast have immortalised Xydias’s efforts with this tribute to the So-Cal belly tanker in its little known form. The lift off metal body panel reveals a four carb flathead V8, detailed with pulleys and belts and fuel lines feeding from a Moon-style fuel tank, all beautifully reproduced in 1:18 scale. The body sits low over finely crafted hair pins and I-beam suspension, while the removable wind deflector reveals accurate gauges, seat belts and cockpit detailing.
Limited to just 456 units, the #555A So-Cal Belly Tanker is just $265, plus postage within Australia.
- Diecast metal body
- Removable top body panel
- Plumbed and wired engine
- Detailed suspension’Detailed interior
- Serialised plate