As enthusiasts, we all know the true appeal of owning classic cars
is expressing our own individuality through purpose-built machines
that are rolling extensions of everything which defines us. And
whether that means constructing a canvas from the ground up or
taking a solid foundation and adding just enough detail for
perfection, the hobby certainly has no shortage of ideas,
inspiration or talent. Built to turn heads and drop jaws, this
striking Ford roadster wraps freshly restored steel around a custom
suspension, a custom leather interior and a smooth drivetrain
that's lead by an exotic LT5 V8. Ready to be the center of
attention wherever you go? Your classic awaits!
HENRY FORD STEEL
The beneficiary of an extensive, body-off restoration that was completed in late 2017, this Ford's smooth steel was super solid before its intricate freshening even began. Over the course of the car's detailed, nut-and-bolt build, that metal was subjected to a deep massage that culminated in a glossy coat of silky black 2-stage. All the right polished stuff is where it ought to be, from the car's sculpted grille and Ford Twolite headlights to its guarded bumpers and blue-dot taillights. A quality cloth top folds a glass backlite behind trick suicide doors and a stainless-trimmed windscreen. Colorful additions include dual horns, snazzy cowl lamps and a stainless-trimmed, continental-style spare. And it all adds up to one classy drop-top that celebrates the fusion of some of Ford's greatest design work and some of the best modern technology money can buy.
POWER BY LOTUS
At this point, vintage Fords and small block Chevrolets go together like peas and carrots. But sometimes peas and carrots, well, they just get a tad boring. That's why you add a little honey to the glaze. And this Ford's exclusive LT5 V8 certainly sweetens the pot! Originally intended as a simple set of 16-valve cylinder heads atop a basic Chevrolet small block, this all-aluminum, Lotus-engineered beast shares its basic dimensions with Chevrolet's storied small block, but exactly zero interchangeable components. The result is a 32-valve, 4-cam powerhouse that utilizes a trick dual-path induction system to create 405 horsepower and 385 lb./ft. of all-American torque. The much-lauded aluminum specialists at Mercury Marine of Stillwater, Oklahoma assembled the aesthetically pleasing mill. And when fitted under the Corvette's clamshell hood, it became an ultra-performance world record holder. Sourced from a 1993 ZR-1, this particular LT5 benefitted from a $16K overhaul that complemented fresh machine work with ported heads, a ported intake, custom cams and new JE pistons. And as you can see from our high resolution photos, the car's clean engine bay wraps body-matched 2-stage around a custom cold air intake and an aluminum radiator that's complete with an electric puller fan.
TIMELESS STYLE, MODERN MANNERS
Every good custom has a solid foundation. This classic's crisp dynamics begin with a sturdy factory frame that's been boxed, reinforced, smoothed and painted. At the center of those bones, a cooled 700R4 4-speed spins a smoothed Ford 9-inch. That axle pushes a triangulated 4-link rear-clip, which is constructed from polished control arms and adjustable coil-over-shocks. Opposite that clip, a Heidts independent front-half hangs power rack-and-pinion steering behind polished control arms and Aldan American coil-overs. That suspension stops when a polished, floor-mounted booster charges braided steel lines to clamp four polished calipers on four vented rotors. At the center of the floor, polished long-tube headers pipe charred fossils through polished pipes, a polished crossover and polished turbo mufflers. At the corners of the chassis, red spokes spin 195/60R15 BF Goodrich Radial T/As in front of 255/70R15 BF Goodrich Radial T/As. And detailing is on-point, with a polished flywheel cover and a finned B&M transmission pan complementing Wilwood brake proportioning and a chromed fuel tank.
CLASSY AND TIMELESS
One of this classic's coolest assets is a thoroughly upgraded interior that, just like the rest of the car, features just the right amount of customization. Pop the doors and you're immediately greeted by a wide bench seat that's dressed in Swiss hide leather. At the front of that seat, a body-matched dash frames sedate Auto Meter telemetry. Below that dash, luxurious carpet floods polished foot pedals and a long Lokar shifter. In front of the driver, a banjo-style steering wheel spins a leather-wrapped hoop around a polished, tilting column. And behind the passengers, a rear-hinged deck blooms into a plush rumble Seat.
From its polished grille to its polished exhaust tips, this Ford is a completely sorted show stopper that's ready to hit the road today! Is there anything better than a 2-person crowd-gatherer that barks through a big V8 and stares through svelte aesthetics? We think not. Call your friends at RK Motors Charlotte and claim your ticket to classic car fame!
The beneficiary of an extensive, body-off restoration
All-steel cabriolet body / Cloth top
5.7 liter LT5 Corvette V8 / 405 horsepower
700R4 4-speed automatic transmission
Ford 9-inch rear axle
Power rack-and-pinion steering
4-wheel power disc brakes
Boxed and reinforced chassis / Custom suspension
Custom leather interior
15-inch wire wheels
All RK Motors vehicles receive a comprehensive, multi-point inspection
We can arrange shipment of your purchase anywhere in the world
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