Tips for purchasing front engine dragsters include evaluating the condition of the vehicle in person to identify the proper body configuration and comparing the price of the vehicle against other models through auction sites and enthusiast forums. Buyers also need to test the dragster before purchasing it to understand its safety requirements.
Buyers should focus on examining the state and quality of the engine within the vehicle first, which rests in the center of the vehicle's frame in front of the cockpit. Front engine dragsters have no suspension and no gearshift, making the engine the primary mechanical component in the vehicle. Restored vintage models may feature a higher sale price due to the presence of original parts, which may not be as reliable as new models. The buyer should discuss any modifications on the dragster to ensure the quality of the work and that it is safe to drive.
Another aspect to consider is the state of the front and rear axles, as these experience high amounts of wear during use. The axles should be free of rust and any obvious signs of damage, though they may still be unsafe at high speeds. Buyers should also compare the prices of dragsters through auction sites or by locating an appraiser through a forum to understand the actual value of the vehicle according to its condition.