This lovely 1933 Ford Victoria owes its life to Edsel Ford, who
took his father's practicality and made it beautiful. Not quite a
two-door sedan, but more than a 2-seat coupe, the "Vicky" is one of
the great styling achievements of the early '30s, and makes one
heck of a foundation for a rod.
Of course it's fiberglass, but where else are you going to find smooth flanks and undamaged floors, seeing how original steel bodies are as rare as honest politicians. Finish quality is pretty darned good, with super straight seams, excellent alignment of those massive suicide-style doors, and a lot of time invested in sanding the surface to make it smooth. Pastel colors were never Henry Ford's favorites, but he was definitely mistaken, because the purple paint with lighter lavender and teal flames licking across the fenders looks pretty darned good. A little dated, maybe, but someone spent a lot of money for a great result. The grille shell was painted to match, and the rounded fenders give it a finished look that contrast neatly with the open hood sides. I also like the king-bee style headlights that look like they belong on the car, the smooth billet grille insert, and the inclusion of chrome bumpers fore and aft.
Inside it's 100% modern, with black bucket seats and all the creature comforts you'd expect from a top-notch piece. The Vicky body style allows expansive room front and rear, so four can travel comfortably. The dash has been smoothed and modified to hold a full set of handsome Dolphin gauges that look a lot like the original dials Ford was issuing in the 1930s. A tilt column wears a good-looking wood-rimmed wheel and a B&M shifter on the floor manages a TH350 3-speed automatic transmission. Other notable features include power windows, an AM/FM/CD stereo system, and a set of matching black floor mats that fit neatly in the foot wells.
The open hood sides show off a great-running 350 cubic inch Chevrolet V8, and as much as we like Ford engines in Fords, you can't argue with the results this powerplant delivers. As you can imagine, the car is a blast on the street, and drives beautifully without any high-strung nonsense that you get from other rods with big horsepower. The engine bay has a few dress-up parts, including finned valve covers that are on prominent display, as well as a flamed air cleaner up top. The hardware consists of a Holley carburetor, HIE ignition, and a biggish camshaft inside, so it has a nice lopey idle. For easy cruising, there's a TH350 3-speed automatic transmission spinning a Ford Mustang 8.8-inch rear end with highway-friendly gears inside. The completely fabricated frame and suspension features a Mustang II front suspension, power rack-and-pinion steering, and power front disc brakes for some serious stopping power. Handsome aluminum wheels emulate the classic mags of the '60s, and are staggered for the perfect rake, with 195/60/14s up front and 255/60/15s out back.
This is a nicely built rod that was finished a few years ago but still has a lot to offer. Fully sorted and ready to rock, you couldn't build it yourself for this price. Call today!