In the custom car world, a 1932 Ford 3-window coupe is about as
good as it gets. This beautifully built little 3-window is a clean,
almost subtle rod that gets all the major stuff exactly right,
creating a car that's not only very attractive, but also fun to
drive, comfortable, and reliable, all critical aspects of the
modern hot rod. This is truly a no-compromises hot rod.
This is a car that was built to win trophies, and even though it's fiberglass, the sucker has a ton of presence. You can see the quality of the bodywork just in looking at the reflections in the paint's surface and panel gaps are extremely good. The top is slightly chopped to give it just the right profile and all the exterior door handles and hinges have been shaved in proper street rod fashion. A multi-piece steel hood adds a smooth custom look that most folks will prefer and service access is still good. The dark plum paint is beautifully applied and very elegant looking, making this a car that will stand out simply because it doesn't need to beat you over the head with loud colors. Some ghost flames dance across the front end and there's some intricate pinstripe work on the deck lid for a traditional touch. Full fenders, commercial-style headlights, chrome spreader bars, and a polished grille insert add some visual contrast as well as practical protection. It's hard not to like the way this car looks.
The stunning tan leather interior is luxurious and comfortable, not Spartan and basic like a lot of rods. If you want to go cross-country, there are worse ways to do it than behind the wheel of this Ford. The contoured bench seat is designed to be all-day comfortable and there's plenty of leg room in the 3-window body. Features like a tilt steering column, air conditioning, power windows and locks, and a custom center console mean that this car is as comfortable as your daily driver and finish quality is so nice that you'll want to spend a lot of time in here. Handsome gauges from Auto Meter have a retro look and the leather-wrapped steering wheel is an upscale touch that definitely doesn't look out of place in this car. The good-sized trunk will carry all your gear and offers more custom work, including an electric opener and a battery cover disguised as a vintage cooler.
No surprises under the hood, as it uses a 350 cubic inch Chevrolet V8, but that's because reliability and performance were important to the builder. An Edelbrock 4-barrel carburetor makes it reliable and plenty of chrome makes it worthwhile to open the hood at shows. The standard horsepower upgrades are here, including an open-element air cleaner, long-tube headers, and a custom dual exhaust system with trick side pipes that dump under the running boards. The big radiator makes sure it doesn't get cranky in traffic and with a TH350 3-speed automatic transmission, it's a fantastic highway cruiser. Polished A-arms and coil-over shocks hold up the front end, which also includes disc brakes, while out back there's a Ford 9-inch rear with a custom polished center section that hangs on a 4-link with coil-over shocks. Staggered American Racing wheels give it that nose-down attitude and carry right-sized 185/70/14 front and 255/60/17 rear Michelin radials.
Expertly built, fully sorted, ready to enjoy, this is a car that works better than most hot rods and looks great doing it. If you want show quality without the cost of building it yourself, this is the car you've been waiting for. Call today!
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