Classics 9 flavors of prewar hot rod at Mecum’s 2021 Indy sale
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If you’re in the market for a prewar hot rod,has something from just about every era you could desire. While the cars themselves were built before WWII, the different eras of customization really kicked off after the war. If you prefer your ’32 Fords and Model A coupes, roadsters, cabriolets, and sedans more in the factory flavor, Mecum has those as well. For now, let’s take a look at a 9 varieties of custom builds that trace a timeline of hot rod design.
Perhaps you’re looking for something simple with a unique pedigree. In that case, thismight suit you. This racing roadster was built in the vein of the ’40s and ’50s racers that plied dirt tracks all over Southern California and comes from the collection of road-racing phenom Parnelli Jones. It’s powered by a 304-cubic-inch Ford flathead V-8 wearing a set of aluminum heads. It tuns on alcohol and turns the tires by way of a three-speed manual trans.
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For those who would like a leg up on their hot-rod build but still want some say in the final product, this handsome, blackhas much of the hardest work already done. The subtle modifications and vintage speed parts give it a traditional 1950s hot-rod look. The Ford flathead has a 4 inch-stroke crank, likely compliments of a Mercury. It’s topped by a set of Smith heads and uses an Isky cam to breathe through a twin-carb Eddie Meyer intake and gorgeous Eddie Meyer air cleaner. Inside, the dash is filled with a full complement of Stewart Warner gauges. It doesn’t get much more iconic in the world of hot rods than a ’32 Roadster, and this one is built with a fantastic collection of vintage components.
The Tommy Boy 1967 GTX Badged Plymouth Satellite
The 1995 film Tommy Boy became a cult classic for Chris Farley and David Spade fans but this hilarious road trip wouldn’t have happened exactly how we all remember it if it hadn't been for this old beaten up Plymouth Satellite Convertible. Most people would probably agree that the most memorable moment in the movie is when the Deer that they had just hit and for some reason put in their backseat suddenly came out of its stupor from being hit by a Plymouth. After ripping the car apart, the gigantic Mule Deer postures on the deck lid of the car and bounds off into the night. Well that wasn’t this car.
In case your hot-rodding tendencies favor a ’50s-style build that flaunts an even more race-inspired look and performance, how about this? Chopped, fenderless, perfectly pinstriped, and sitting on wire wheels, this coupe looks like it’s ready to prowl the streets—or even the dragstrip. It’s powered by a 322-cu-in Buick nailhead V-8 that was available from 1953–56 and was one of the first widely available OHV V-8s hot-rodders could obtain. This fine specimen was on the cover of Rod & Custom magazine and .
is a great example of the customs turned out in the late ’50s and early ’60s that took factory bodywork to the next level and wowed show-goers who were expecting ever-wilder creations. While this coupe started as a 1940 Ford, legendary car-customizer Bill Kusheberry incorporated parts from at least two Chevy models and the windshield from a 1950 Rambler to bring designer Don Vamer’s dream to reality. An OHV Oldsmobile V-8 replaced the Ford’s flathead. Inside, a twin-cockpit dash layout features a center-mounted speedometer and a steering yoke. In that configuration, El Matador was the November 1961 cover car for Rod & Custom magazine.
The Last Of The Original CSX3000 Cobras To Sell From Dealer Stock Is Heading To Mecum Auction
In 1965 Carroll Shelby began production of the 100 planned 427-cid powered Cobras carrying the iconic CSX3000 serial numbers and by October 1966 CSX3042 was delivered to Grappone Ford in Concord, New Hampshire. After hearing about the troubles plaguing production of the new Cobras that lead to its discontinuation, John Grappone made the decision to keep the car instead of selling it. Ultimately this decision paid off as it did not take long for the car, as one of just 27 S/C Cobras produced, to gain in value.
Shortly after, the car was sold and toured the nation’s car shows, eventually losing the Olds in favor of a Ford small-block. A fire in 1993 seriously damaged the car and, during its restoration, the small-block was updated to a 5.0-liter from a Saleen Mustang and the interior received a newer column and steering wheel. Since then, the interior has been mostly returned to its original, Bill Kushenberry state.
If a wild custom is too flashy, how about a low-key, full-fenderedon Torque Thrust wheels? At first, this subtle street rod looks as though it could be from almost any era, as its swooping fenders cover the more modern independent front suspension. Inside, a wood dash and steering wheel suggest an ’80s-style street-rod build, but the whole thing looks like it’s in fantastic shape, from the maroon paint to the nicely detailed small-block Chevy powerplant.
Step a bit further along in the street-rod modification timeline and you’ll find examples like this. Dropping a small Model A body on top of a ’32 Ford frame is a time-honored racing tradition and a quick way to get V-8 power in a lighter package. This car’s twin snorkel and billet engine and interior dress-up pieces, however, suggest a much more contemporary build that hints at 1990s style.
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Like the 1930 coupe we just highlighted, thishides its independent front suspension by retaining its fenders. However, the billet-aluminum wheels bolted to the Mustang II-style suspension are a giveaway that this classic sedan is a much more modern build. Inside, an aluminum tilt column and Lokar billet accessories also point to a ’90s-style build. This one’s powered by a 410-hp Chevy 350 and features all the creature comforts afforded by a coilover TCI chassis (plus air conditioning!).
You couldn’t go to a car show in the late ’80s or early ’90s without seeing a Chevrolet TPI small-block in some sort of custom car. The alien-looking intake manifolds with their long runners were originally installed in Corvettes, Camaros, and Firebirds, and are great for low-speed torque. They certainly made for an interesting sight when they wound up under the hoods of street rods like this. The major modifications on this Mercury, aside from the engine and four-speed automatic transmission are a tilt steering column, Mustang-II-style IFS, and air conditioning, Seemingly original from the exterior, but with a modern drivetrain and a more comfortable interior, this coupe is a great representative of an early ’90s restomod.
2021 Chevy Corvette C8 Convertible Indy 500 Pace Car to Lead the Field Topless
In just a couple weeks, on May 30, the 105th Indianapolis 500 will run at the legendary Brickyard. And another legend will be there to pace the field: the Chevrolet Corvette. The 2021 race will be America’s sports car’s 18th outing as the pace car, and the second for the C8. This year, the honor falls to a 2021 C8 Convertible finished in Arctic White with black and yellow accents—the first convertible 'Vette to pace the Indy 500 since 2008. There's a lot that's unique to this car. For one, the stripe package. Ditto the specially-adapted stingray decals.
Owned by Gene Hetland and built by Cass Nawrocki, theis a homage to the iconic and the Nickel Coupe that itself is a homage to the aforementioned roadster. While it captures the spirit of that legendary car quite nicely, it also features several small modifications that are easy to miss and other, like its stainless-steel removable top, that are hard to ignore. Under the hood is a wild engine: a Ford small-block featuring experimental four-valve pushrod heads that Ford contemplated before adopting the Modular OHC engine family. It’s tough to meld traditional customization techniques and magnesium wheels with a freakishly rare engine and Hilborn fuel-injection, yet the results speak for themselves. This kind of all-out build is a great representative of the kinds of cars that compete for elite car-show honors in the 21st century.
These 9 are merely a sampling of the wide variety of hot rods and customs available at Mecum’s Indianapolis sale. Whether you want a pickup, a Vicky, or a cabriolet, there is something available for just about every early Ford lover. If you’re more of a Chevy, Buick, Olds, or Willys fan, there are also hot rods to suit your tastes as well, but know that you’ll have to wade through a lot of beautiful Blue Ovals like these.
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