Hurst Hemi Under Glass

May, 2013 -- Hurst Hemi Under Glass is the name given to a series of exhibition drag racing cars campaigned by Hurst Performance between 1965 and 1975.   Featuring the legendary Chrysler Hemi engine mounted over the rear axle, the light front end lifted, enabling the cars to run “wheelies” the full length of the drag strip.   To allow the driver to steer the car with the front wheels off the ground, an individual rear wheel braking system was incorporated into the custom design of later models.   The cars were named Hemi Under Glass, because the Hemi was placed under the Barracuda's exceptionally large rear window.

During the 2013 Mecum Chicago collector car auction, a group of four reconstructed Hemi Under Glass cars, 1966, 1967, 1968, and 1969 models, were offered for sale.   Although bidding reached $750,000 for the group, it was not enough to meet the owner’s reserve price, leaving this group of cars still available for sale.

Here are photos of each of the cars offered for sale.

1966 Plymouth Barracuda 1967 Plymouth Barracuda 1968 Plymouth Barracuda 1969 Plymouth Barracuda

Check out this video for a wheelstanding run.


1969 Hemi Under Glass

Updated July, 2018 -- Fast forward to 2018, and the 1969 Barracuda Hemi Under Glass made an appearance at the Hurst Nationals in Carlisle, PA.  Now restored to its glory days, Bill Sefton, the previous owner, and Bob Riggle, driver, filled us in on this iconic race car.  Bob Riggle also tells us about taking Jay Leno for the ride of his lifetime, one that ended with a rollover crash.