1931 Ford Model A Coupe
The timeline for hot rods and custom cars starts before World War II. Teens itching to tinker with cars and go fast were racing cheap Ford Model T's on Southern California's dry lakes and street racing in Los Angeles even in the 1920s. The Harper, Muroc, and El Mirage dry lakes -- all 50 or so miles north of Los Angeles -- saw racing activity from the '20s up to World War II. Racing at El Mirage continues today.
Some hot rods were meant to be raced and have more missing panels and parts than it actually has on the car…all in the interest of weight reduction. Then there is the other genre of Hot Rodding that sets out to create an interesting piece of automotive art, that can be driven to shows, or just enjoyed in comfort on a Sunday back road drive. This car is definitely the latter example, with custom paint, custom interior, lots of goodies, and neat colored square motif that shows up in each section as we go over this beautiful consignment.
A 1932 Ford Grille shell is now upfront, and a custom-made reverse hood scoop is right behind it on the way to the glue in front windshield. Flanking these mods are custom made headlight brackets, from which hang '31 style headlights. Hidden hinge suicide doors with electronic door latches pop the doors upon your command in the form of pressing the button! The trunk lid is electronic and also noted in back is an extended rear valance. Consigner states that the roof has been filled courtesy of a Plymouth station wagon…Hey! metal is metal! As for paint, all this extra candy is bathed in Cadillac white Diamond Pearl which is immaculate, smooth and shiny. The rear and fenders of the car are adorned with Corvette Black Rose which is a deep purple. And when they call it deep, its DEEP! The multicolored square graphics were airbrushed on prior to the clear coat. These checkers start at the purple bottom of each side rocker and swoop upward all the while getting thinner and smaller. Once they reach the trunk, they make their way past the roofline, creating a border between the white pearl, and Black Rose panels. Polished chrome 5-spoke cast wheels sport faux knockoff style hub caps, and are seen on all 4's.
Pop one of the electronic locking doors, and you'll be met with gray tweed cloth door panels which have been embossed a bit with some striping…very subtle. Billet style stainless steel handles, locks and hardware are nicely placed on each door. Power window switches move the glass up and down flawlessly. Moving into the car, we note Pontiac Fiero seats in gray leather, and continuing the artistic flare to the interior, a panel inset of colored stitched leather squares. The dash has been kept amazingly simple with an upper and lower undulating curved dash top and bottom in dark gray, then a center metal panel is lighter gray. In the very center is an oval shaped aluminum panel, which houses Autometer black faced gauges all lined up nice and tight. Moving to the floor there is a Hurst shifter (T handle) and nice dark gray cut pile carpeting. Escaping from the simple dash on the driver's side is a GM tilt style steering wheel and column. Noted are A/C and heat have been added. Looking up top, a small headliner console has been added which houses a Sony AM/FM/CD player, and various toggles and buttons. A shout out to the trunk which has been finished to perfection as well, and covered in a gray tweed two tier setup, and the necessary strip of various colored squares within the riser.
A 383ci Stroker based on a 350ci Chevrolet small block with a 4-barrel carburetor on top, and a T5 5-speed manual transmission attached. All squeezed into the restored to perfection engine bay. A Ford 9” with 4.44 gears is on the rear.
On the bottom the color play continues with the use of purple, black and shiny coated bare metal. It more like fantasy land under here than an undercarriage! Front suspension is a TCI 4-bar suspension, front disc brakes, and the rear is coil overs and drum brakes. A Flowmaster exhaust allows for better breathing. New brackets for the body and no problems underneath.
Beautifully done, with the use of nice color, and accented with some serious use of color, the paint on this car is excellent. Several custom items within, and a powerful Stroker, and you are headed for the checkers...in the checkers…also on the radiator cowl, and in the trunk, and on the seats…great carry through.