1965 Chevrolet Nova SS “Dobbertin”

Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson

When the Dobbertin Nova was unveiled in 1982, it turned the custom car world on its ear. It has appeared on the cover of 14 magazines and has been featured in over 100 publications around the world. It is, without question, one of the most significant and important custom cars ever built, and to this day remains a benchmark for innovation and excellence among hot rod enthusiasts.

Rick Dobbertin devoted more than 3,000 hours over the course of three years Read More

1955 Ford Custom “Beatnik Bubbletop”

  • Fresno Autorama Sweepstakes Award, 2005
  • “Top 5 Customs” at Paso Robles, 2005
  • “Outstanding Custom,” Grand National Roadster Show, 2006
  • George Barris Kustom d’Elegance Award, 2006
  • $20,000 prize, Darryl Starbird’s National Rod and Custom Show, 2006
  • First Place, “Hand-built Custom,” Detroit Autorama, 2006

For this extensive, four-year project, Gary “Chopit” Fioto started by removing the roof from a ’55 Ford and modifying a 1988 Lincoln Town Car chassis. Cadillac, Chrysler and Lincoln components are mixed, including canted quad headlights. Read More

1939 Ford Model 91A DeLuxe Coupe

Courtesy of Bonhams

This nicely restored and very mildly uprated DeLuxe coupe is a perfect example of how it was done back in the period. The subject of a complete, frame-off restoration, the original steel body was refurbished, while the original flathead V8 was rebuilt to have a bit more juice. The engine was bored 0.125 over, fitted with Egge custom four-ring pistons, and a four-inch Mercury crank. Offenhauser finned 9:1 high compression cylinder heads, an Edelbrock dual manifold, a Mallory electronic distributor Read More

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 Read More