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• Well-known So-Cal period hot rod • Featured in Hop Up (1953) and Street Rodder (2003) • Purchased new and modified by Harry Warner • Accompanied by a Wayne 12-port 6-cylinder engine {analysis}This car, Lot 134, sold for $242,000, including buyer’s premium, at Gooding & Company’s “The Scottsdale Auctions” on January 17, 2015. Gooding’s pre-sale estimate range on the car was $125,000 to $175,000, and it was offered without reserve. Great history Crack machinist Harry Warner bought this Deluxe Ford Roadster brand new in 1933, just in time to use it on his honeymoon. In 1940, while working at Lockheed…
• Built by Regal Roadsters, Madison, WI • 6-liter, 600-hp Aston Martin/Cosworth V12 • 4-speed overdrive GM Hydramatic transmission • Original steel body, custom-built chassis • Independent front suspension, 4-wheel power disc brakes {analysis}This car, Lot 172, sold for $258,000, including buyer’s premium, at RM’s Sam Pack Collection sale in Dallas, TX, on November 14–15, 2014. The late ’30s Lincoln-Zephyr coupe is arguably one of the loveliest pre-war American closed cars. A timeless ’38 model starred in the movie “Speed To Spare” in 1948. New York’s Museum of Modern Art honored the Lincoln-Zephyr in the catalog for its seminal 1951…
• Boydster III body by Deuce Customs • LS6 Corvette V8 • Winner 2010 Milwaukee Best Rod in Show • Winner 2010 Pittsburgh Most Outstanding Rod in Show • 502 miles since completion {analysis}This car, Lot F217, sold for $70,200, including buyer’s premium, at Mecum’s Dallas, TX, sale on September 3–6, 2014. Known as “Cinnamon Twist,” this Boydster III has a fiberglass body, an LS6 Corvette V8 with a 4L60 automatic, along with instruments, independent suspension, steering wheel and billet wheels by Boyd, stainless-steel show brake rotors, and a full leather interior by Kasper Auto Trim. It was assembled at…
• ’31 Ford roadster body channeled over a ’32 Ford frame • An authentic “barn find,” intact since the early ’60s • Fresh 286-ci Vern Tardel-built three-carb flathead V8 • Featured in Pat Ganahl’s book Lost Hot Rods II {analysis}This car, Lot 3115, sold for $78,100, including buyer’s premium, at Auction America’s California sale on July 31–August 2, 2014. Dusty and rusty Most car enthusiasts fantasize about barn finds. Hot-rodders are no different. This car’s auction seller, Greg Hopkins, from Dothan, AL, had just finished building a chopped Model A coupe when he saw this bitchin’ old roadster advertised on…
• Original steel body sectioned 2½ inches, top chopped two inches • 427-ci Dart Ford V8 with Kinsler Fuel Injection • Heidts’ IFS with Corvette C5 disc brakes • C5 Corvette IRS and disc brakes with Winters quick-change • Goodguys finalist for “America’s Most Beautiful Street Rod” {analysis}This car, Lot S136, sold for $124,200, including buyer’s premium, at Mecum’s Seattle, WA, sale on June 13–14, 2014 Four doors with air Hot-rodders euphemistically call 4-door phaetons “tubs” for obvious reasons — they resemble bathtubs on wheels. Although most hot-rodders with decent budgets shun 4-door sedans, the Grand National Roadster Show welcomes…
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…
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