"The Gentleman's Coupe"
This car is a true, old school hot rod. Many of the parts on this car and in the motor are made of “unobtainium”. In other words, you can't find them anymore. Each phase of its construction was handled by the best in the business and that has led to winning numerous awards as well as being featured in the summer 2015 issue of Rodder's Journal and also on the cover of the June '16 issue of Goodguys Magazine. Check it out.
The basic build on this car was handled by the pros at Hilton Hot Rod. They started with an original Model A coupe, chopped it 4 ¼ inches while still retaining the ability to tilt out the windshield, and reversed the original firewall for engine clearance. With the basics in place and the panels worked so that they were arrow straight, the car was sent to North Jersey Kustoms for that beautiful coat of Silverstone Gray. Up front, those headlights flanking that gorgeous grill are the factory original units from this very car. The engine is obviously integral to the look of the car, but we will get to the details on that in a minute. A 5” drop to the front axle gives the chassis the perfect amount of rake and the cowl steering linkage poking out the driver's side is a rare treat to see. 1941 Ford wheels painted black with Deluxe Ford center caps and bias ply tires mounted keep things authentic and look awesome.
Open the door and you will find a beautiful leather interior created by Mikey's Kustom Upholstery. Absolutely no expense was spared in sourcing the top-quality Manchester Oak distressed leather and German square-weave carpeting that Mikey worked his magic with it to create what you see. A big black steering wheel has a full chrome circle horn ring with a Ford crest in the center. The dash is spotless with re-chromed '36 Ford gauges and a rare '36 cabriolet dash waterfall. The roof features a snap in panel to allow for roof-less driving around town, and almost all the wood of the framework is new except for a couple of original pieces left to show the blend of old and new. The gear shifter is unique with the handle sourced from a '38 topped by an original 19th century Victorian English coin with the Gentleman's Coupe skull engraved into it by an expert engraver who works for the Mint.
Now let's check out that awesome engine. It is a 1955 Buick Nailhead V8 displacing 322 cubic inches that has been completely worked over by the vintage engine experts at Tony Ross Racing Engines. Many of the internal parts are custom and include a nitrided crank, 4340 H-beam rods, forged pistons, custom cam, and competition head work. But what you see are those 6 Stromberg 97s topped with ultra-rare and polished SP tops from the '50s. A dual point, dual coil, Spalding Flamethrower ignition system qualifies as some of that Unobtainium. It's a hard to find system from the '60s to begin with, and then uses an original Nailhead distributor creating extreme exclusivity. Chrome dresses out the valve covers and side covers while the engine iron is painted to match the car. The headers are old school “driveshaft style” from back in the day when dry lake bed racers would use '35 or '36 tapered driveshafts to build them. A Walker brass radiator keeps things running cool and the power flows back through a 5-speed manual transmission to a Ford 9' rear end with 3.70 gears.
This an awesome hot rod built by the best in the business. Words don't do it justice. You should really come down and check this one out for yourself. We know you will be impressed.