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This one-off hand-laid-fiberglass-bodied special was located in 2003 in partially restored condition. Built in California on a 1933 Ford chassis (and titled as a 1933 Ford, despite the “1955” catalog designation), it’s powered by a 1942 59L Ford flathead V8, with a ’39 Ford 3-speed manual floor-shift transmission. The engine block has been bored to 3 3/8 inches, ported, and relieved — and equipped with a Winfield camshaft, a Harman & Collins dual-coil distributor, a four-inch Mercury crankshaft, dual Stromberg 97 carburetors on an Evans manifold, and reproduction Harrell finned aluminum high-compression heads. The engine and transmission have been rebuilt…

1940 Mercury Custom

Written by May 2014
 • One of the very first California customs • Built in 1940 by Charles Marr and Gerry Huth • Owned for four decades by Carl Morton • Equipped with the best speed equipment and trim of the period This Mercury is a work of art and one of the earliest, most important “lead sleds.” It is a must-have for any custom collection. {analysis}This car, Lot 33, sold for $107,250, including buyer’s premium, at RM’s Arizona auction on January 16, 2014. Authentically restored, original pre-World War II custom cars are very rare. This is arguably the prettiest example ever built. Charlie…
• 1952 Hot Rod magazine cover car • Clocked at 143.54 mph at El Mirage dry lake • Class winner at the Grand National Roadster Show • First in Class and Dean Batchelor Award at the 1999 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Dick Flint and a friend stop at a crosswalk, watching a voluptuous coed pass in front of them. Dick’s friend leaps out of the car as she haughtily turns away from the boys’ arresting red roadster. This was the iconic scene captured on the cover of the May 1952 issue of Hot Rod magazine. The magazine’s founder, the late…
 • Period style chopped ’33 Ford highboy • SCoT-supercharged Ford flathead • Vintage speed equipment and instruments • Dash panel signed by Billy F. Gibbons {analysis}This car, Lot 3156, sold for $70,400, including buyer’s premium, at Auctions America’s Auburn, IN, sale on August 30, 2013. Thirty-three’s a charmer Ford Motor Company broke the Model A mold with the stylish 1932 model, equipped with a then-remarkable 221-ci V8 engine. But the 1932 Model 18, which hot-rodders called the “Deuce,” proved to be a one-year wonder. Starting in 1933, more substantial restyling became a way of life at Ford. E.T. “Bob” Gregorie…

1936 Ford Model 48 roadster

Written by November 2013
• A period all-steel Ford hot rod • Well-known car from the Pacific Northwest hot-rod scene • Striking color combination of Cadillac Ivory over dark green • Beautifully presented throughout • A usable hot rod for cruise nights or local shows {analysis}This car, Lot 145, sold for $68,200, including buyer’s premium, at Bonhams’ Quail Lodge Auction in Carmel, CA, on August 26, 2013. Better the second time Ford Motor Company cleaned up and mildly modernized its 1935 designs for the 1936 model year. The bodies stayed basically the same, but the front end for the’36 was redesigned, the hood louvers…
Six figures worth of fun? Starting with a Squeeg’s Kustoms concept and a Jimmy Smith rendering, this woodie was built from the ground up with a ’33 Ford roadster cowl from Steve’s Auto Restorations, custom SAC frame rails (patterned from the Vern Luce 3-window coupe by the late Boyd Coddington), round-tube cross members, a hand-made steel body with a steel-cage inner structure and wheel tubs, a rolled rear pan, a four-piece hood, and vee’d windshield posts. Power is a Roush 401IR Ford V8 with an AOD transmission. Specs include a five-inch dropped front axle, Wilwood disc brakes and a Winters…
"Mucha Muchacha” is a fantastic cruiser that runs and drives well. The first known ’55 Lincoln chopped radical custom, it looks as perfect as when it was finished in 2009. It was built by some of the best contemporary custom practitioners, including John Aiello, Bob Divine, Ferby Miguel and Alex Gambino. Its many awards include “World’s Most Beautiful Custom Achievement Award” at the Sacramento Autorama, 2009; First in Class at the 2009 Grand National Roadster Show; First Place Radical Custom, John D’Agostino Kustom Award and the “Lucky 7 Outstanding Custom Award” at the 2009 San Francisco Rod, Custom and Motorcycle…
This little roadster was built in 1953 by Jack Lentz after he returned from service in Korea. “I built a new auto body shop in Bedford, New Jersey,” Lentz recalled. “I liked the ‘Deuce’ Fords. There was a guy in the next town with one. I made a deal with him for $75. I went to a hot rod show and got all enthused. I thought about colors, and since gold was my trade color, the idea of ‘Golden Rod’ just hit me.” “I wanted a typical East Coast hot rod,” Lentz recalled, “but smooth. That’s why the door hinges…

1966 Batmobile

Written by March 2013
  The 1966 Batmobile by George Barris is the most recognized car in entertainment history. This vehicle marks a time in television history where the car became the star. Still as beautiful as when it first came out of the paint shop, this former 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car has been a part of George Barris’ personal collection since he bought it from the Ford Motor Company for $1. After a meeting with the producer of the “Batman” TV Show, William Dozier, George was left with the challenge of 15 days to build the Batmobile, and a $15,000 budget. The…
Owned by comedian and actor Christopher Titus, one of Hollywood’s true diehard hot rodders, this ’56 was created by Foose design. Chip and his dad, Sam, massaged virtually every panel to match Chip’s concept sketch. The TV Show “Rides” covered the build at Foose Design, and again covered the car as it went on the Hot Rod Power Tour in 2004. This is a rare opportunity to own a hand-built car by Chip Foose. Sold on a Bill of Sale. Comes with a title in Christopher Titus’ name. Buyer takes full responsibility to comply with registration requirements in their state,…
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