This original restored Funny Car was made famous during the popular “Snake vs. Mongoose” match racing promotion, which occurred from 1970 through 1972.
Owned and driven by International Motorsports Hall of Famer and legendary drag racer Don “The Snake” Prudhomme, the “Snake II” ’Cuda was built by “Lil’” John Buttera and was the second generation of Prudhomme’s first Funny Car — the 1970 yellow Hot Wheels Plymouth ’Cuda.
In addition to competing against Tom “Mongoose” McEwen during their exciting barnstorming match races, the “Snake II” also completed on the American Hot Rod Association (AHRA) tour, winning several events and setting several performance records.
During the National Hot Rod Association’s (NHRA) historic 1973 U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, Prudhomme’s Snake II set the national elapsed-time record in the quarter-mile at 6.35 seconds. Prudhomme also drove the Snake II to its top speed of 226 mph. This is the original Snake II — restored, period-correct and in running condition (SFI-certified chassis #C30255). This historic Funny Car was also featured in the 2013 feature film “Snake & Mongoose.”