When you take this 1932 Ford hi boy roadster home, be prepared to be the center of attention at stoplights, gas stations, and even at car shows filled with spectacular rods, because it is even more brilliant in person than it appears in photos.
Built in 1993 and a multiple magazine car and trophy-winner, this screaming yellow steel '32 Ford roadster has been turning heads for more than 20 years. The base is from Sikkens, which was renowned for depth and shine, and the color is stunning enough all by itself. But then this rod took a turn and added custom pinstripes that extend down the sides of the body, with some custom work above the rear wheels. Those hot lines are a traditional look that contrasts with the bright paint to create a juxtaposition of old and new that totally works. Finish quality is, as you might guess, off-the-charts nice and show-quality throughout, although it does show a few signs of use and age, as you'd expect. However, it does show the kind of detail that is required to win trophies at very high levels, and we have to admit we love the look. Other cool details include the King-Bee headlights, Pontiac taillights, and a chrome spreader bar to protect the gas tank, making this rod look like it just rolled out of the early 1960s.
You can forget traditional austerity inside, however, as this roadster is stuffed with a sumptuous gray leather interior that would make a Mercedes feel humble. A custom bench seat fits neatly in the cozy roadster cockpit, and the design adds a few inches of precious leg room, something you'll really appreciate if you're a taller guy. Beautifully sculpted door panels demonstrate the finest leatherworkers' craft, while remaining somewhat subtle to contrast with the bright yellow paint job. An aluminum tilt column with shifter and a full array of gauges were added to the mix, and the wood-rimmed steering wheel ties it all together quite neatly. A black canvasfolding convertible top is a great addition to a roadster, meaning you can drive it without worrying about the weather, and the trunk is nicely trimmed with custom panels and more black carpet.
There's a ZZ350 crate motor from GM under the three-piece hood, and it, too, has a show-quality look. It's been updated with the usual speed gear, including a Holley carburetor and HEI ignition system. Dig the billet air cleaner, the chrome valve covers, and a matching alternator perched up top where it won't get wet. The block was painted to match the body and most of the plumbing and wiring was neatly routed out of sight and anything that you can see is race-grade braided stainless. Custom block-hugger headers feed a great-sounding dual exhaust system with trumpets out back, and it was all made from stainless to last virtually forever. The transmission is a TH350 3-speed automatic feeding a 9-inch Ford rear with 3.31 gears on a Detroit locker and 31-spline axles. Everything on this car has either been polished or painted bright yellow, right down to the springs on the coil-over shocks. Further blending old and new traditions, the polished Halibrand wheels are big-n-little, with 15x6s up front and 15x10s out back, wrapped in 26x7.5-15 front and 29x12.50-15 rear Hoosier rubber.
Hand-crafted works of art aren't cheap, but this one is available for a fraction of its build cost. Call today!