Beautiful professional build. 327/700R4 overdrive transmission, A/C (yes, A/C in a roadster!), folding top, beautiful leather interior. Runs and drives superbly, no issues, ready to enjoy and show!
This neat little roadster is definitely going to wow the crowd. body itself is fiberglass, of course, but it’s a Westcott body that duplicates the original shape exactly. Most folks won’t know the difference anyway. We like the exposed hinges, which helps with the illusion, and we’ve found that in most cases, the fiberglass bodies fit better and feel more substantial than the original steel ones, and that’s certainly the situation here. This car feels robust and durable going down the road, not flimsy and rickety like so many others. The color is simply called “Medium Red” and it’s by PPG, so it has an awesome gloss and a hint of metallic in it so it just glows in the sunlight. It was difficult to capture the exact hue in our photo studio, but in person the car is just beautiful and it’s exactly the right shade of burgundy to make it look inviting but not too bright. You may also note a few areas where it looks like it’s been scratched or bumped, but those are hand-painted “sparkles” on the finish, which were added when the car was pinstriped to give it an old-school vibe. A familiar ’32 grille shell up front, a chrome windshield, and a few details like the chrome spreader bars and ’39 Ford taillights with LEDs inside make this one look familiar and unique at the same time.
The interior is as nicely finished as the bodywork, with a handsome gray leather bench seat that’s more comfortable than most compact roadsters. Even for drivers of standard stature, it’s comfortable enough to spend the day behind the wheel and the workmanship is quite good. The dash is painted to match the body, as it was in 1932, and there’s a sparkling engine-turned panel full of simple round gauges from Classic Instruments. The steering wheel is a cut-down 1940 unit that’s been painted to match the body and you’ll see more pinstripe work on the dash itself. And this really is a car that you can use any time, because it’s one of the rare roadsters with a folding top that’ll be great to have if there’s rain. It folds neatly and stows under a color-matched burgundy canvas boot so it looks trim, top up or top down—not many rods get that part right. There’s also a power-actuated trunk lid and a fully upholstered cargo bay, which also holds the battery for easy access.
That’s a vintage 327 that’s been fully rebuilt and outfitted with such niceties as a 4-barrel carburetor, HEI ignition, and some block-hugging shorty headers. Turn the key and it starts as quickly and easily as your fuel-injected daily driver, which is no small feat by itself, and it’s ready to run instantly. It makes 50 pounds of oil pressure at idle and there’s a fantastic V8 burble from the twin tailpipes out back, but it never gets annoying. The A/C unit dominates the passenger’s side of the exposed engine, but everything is tucked in neatly so you could add a hood if that’s your thing (there is no hood with the car). Note the smoothed firewall, the clean frame rails, and real stainless braided hose, not just slip-on covers, all details that make this little Ford stand out among its peers. And have I mentioned how superbly it runs? It’s extremely impressive!
It’s also comfortable under almost any conditions thanks to a TCI 700R4 4-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, so it’s effortless on the highway. There are punchy 3.73 gears in the Ford 9-inch rear end, so it’s also plenty quick around town—you’d better bet that 327 has the oats to pull the 1900-pound car around with authority. The frame is a custom-made piece, complete with the unique 1932 fender line in the outer rails, and it’s fully boxed for strength. All the hardware was painted to match the body or chrome plated to really sparkle. It’s been driven about7000 miles since it was completed, so there are a few signs of use, but most of them could be erased with a bit of detailing on a Saturday afternoon. Disc brakes on a dropped front axle with a leaf spring are a familiar sight, while the rear is held up with a 4-link suspension and coil-over shocks. Polished Weld aluminum wheels recall the vintage “kidney bean” mags of the ‘50s and it carries a traditional big-n-little tire combination.
Fast, fun, a joy to handle, comfortable, and to find a roadster with A/C and overdrive shows you the builder’s commitment to making it easy to live with. It’s been driven, so it’s not perfect, but it’s extremely nice and the mechanicals are fully sorted and bulletproof, so you should not hesitate to take this car just about anywhere. We love the look, we love the simplicity, and we love the price. Give us a call if it hits all your hot buttons as well.
NOTE: This car is titled as a 1932 Ford.
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