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 and antenna are all frenched (molded in). The windshield is a rear window from a car, cut and (mounted) upside down.”
Jack Lentz kept and displayed the “Golden Rod” for 15 years before selling it for $2,500. This car has never been restored. Its Mercury flathead V8 engine is modified with authentic period speed equipment. The roadster remains totally original, just as it was built in the 1950s.
It was displayed at the 1999 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in the historic hot-rod class, and is offered from the collection of racing legend Skip Barber.