A friend of ours is building a custom speedster on a 1932 Buick straight 8 chassis, for use in this year’s Great Race This engine is a 4-port head, 230 cubic inches. Using a single updraft Marvel carb, it made all of 85 horsepower at about 3200 rpm.

Our friend isn’t looking for more power or torque, especially, but that old updraft carburetor is just not pretty enough for his project. That’s where SU Carbs comes in.

According to the Great Race rules, he can use any carburetor that was substantially designed before 1949 without losing the age handicap for the ’32 car. So our friend wants to use a set of four (yes, 4) little HS-type SU’s (of the type used in Spitfires and Midgets). He figures the 8-cylinder engine is very nearly equal to two such smaller engines, and he needs the sidedrafts for low hood.

So he’s asking us: If he provides two pair of such HS-1 carbs, would we rebuild them and make them as good-looking as they need to be for this car? We didn’t have to think about the answer too long.

The body of this beauty is still under construction, but above is a rendering of the finished car, as opposed to the the way it looks now.

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