1955 Ford “Glass Wonder” show car

Courtesy of Auctions America

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 — as have the radiator, water pumps, clutch, distributor, brakes and exhaust system — with original parts. A tag on the engine states it was built by Coach Maintenance in Hollywood, CA.

Recognizable styling components include a cut-down 1955 Buick panoramic windshield, Buick “sidespear,” chrome trim, and Kelsey-Hayes wire wheels from a 1933 Ford.

The car has been displayed at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, and it appeared on “My Classic Car,” “Hemmings’ Lost and Found,” “Vintage TV,” and in an article in Rod & Kulture magazine. It received local awards at events that included Wheels of Time, the Hot Rod Hoe Down, and Lead East.