Maroon
Maroon
383 V8
6 Speed Manual

In our constant search for the unusual and the unique here at RK Motors Charlotte, we occasionally come across things that are truly remarkable. Often times they are one-of-a-kind cars with interesting histories, or they have been created for one person's specific tastes, and that only adds value. And sometimes, as with this 1934 Ford stretched show car, they are simply bigger than life. One of only three built (one was a prototype, and we have the other two), it is a unique opportunity to own something that nobody's ever seen before, and likely will never see again. Show up at your local cruise night, and people will beg for rides, and even the typically disinterested girlfriends will perk up and suddenly become very interested in cars—if I were in the livery business I'd buy them both because these things are solid gold for the wedding trade.

The body was fabricated from scratch by Downs, and if you're familiar with the hot rodding scene, you know that the only thing better than a Downs body is one made of Henry Ford steel. Downs is also very familiar with '34 Fords, and have been producing a number of variations of that style for many years. At some point, they were inspired to build a stretched body, and the prototype that resulted in this stretched Ford was created. Molds were pulled, and soon two matching 1934 Ford stretched show cars were under construction.

Fiberglass is wonderful stuff, easy to work with and amazingly versatile. It turns out that it also makes a great material for a car body thanks to its rigid panels and ease of finishing. If you can imagine it, it can probably be made from fiberglass. The proportions on this '34 Ford stretched show car are pretty darned good, and it's not difficult to see the original Ford DNA in its shape. Of course, being Downs and being a hot rod, a chopped top was mandatory, along with smoothed details and a minimum of ornamentation. Given this car's high-profile nature, it was professionally finished to hot rod standards (which means, better than any OEM) before the two-tone paint scheme was applied. There are no cracks, no ripples, no mold parting lines, just that traditional Ford shape in an XXL size. The front door is proportioned like a standard 1934 Ford, but the rear door was enlarged to allow easy access to the commodious passenger compartment (perfect for, say, a bride in a large, ornate gown—are you getting the message here prospective buyers?). The proportions are excellent, and the car has a traditional hot rod look that remains fully functional and practical.

The paint is two-stage urethane with crisp masking between the colors and a subtle gold pinstripe that adds just the right amount of contrast and emphasizing the car's length. Rubbed and buffed to an incredible shine, there's no white Lincoln stretch job (or even a bright yellow Hummer) that can compete with this car's eye appeal. As I said, no matter where you go in this one, you'll be the center of attention, no question about it.

That's a lot of car to move, and the engine selected for the task is no lightweight. It's a John Lingenfelter built 383 cubic inch Chevy, which, if you're familiar with performance in the '90s, was THE engine to put in your rod or hot muscle car. Making mountains of torque down low, but able to rev like the 302 in a Z/28, it was perhaps the ultimate evolution of the original small block V8. It uses a specially designed intake plenum designed to improve torque and high-RPM performance. Inside, you'll find a custom stroker crank, high-performance rods, and forged aluminum pistons, as well as John's own proprietary camshaft profile. The sum total of all of these modifications is a 450 horsepower engine that idles perfectly and easily moves this big Ford, both around town and on the highway, and I'd wager that there aren't many cars this size that are faster. Even with more than 20 feet of car to move, this one is quick! Of course, they didn't forget that this was built for luxury, so A/C and power steering are standard equipment, and the steel hood opens to reveal a nicely detailed engine bay that is both easy to service and brightly detailed with lots of polished aluminum. A massive radiator with an electric fan keeps the car and its occupants cool no matter what the conditions. The transmission is a Richmond 6-speed manual, which not only makes the most of the engine's power band, but gives the car an exciting hot rod feel that an automatic would ruin.

The chassis was completely custom-fabricated for this project, and with beefy boxed frame rails and tubular cross members, it looks like it could double as a railroad bridge. An independent front suspension was used, complete with coil springs, tubular A-arms, and gas charged shock absorbers, along with the requisite rack-and-pinion steering system. Out back, a sturdy Ford 9-inch rear full of 4.11 gears hangs on a set of leaf springs that are tuned for the expected load of 8 passengers inside. A two-piece driveshaft transmits the power and features a center carrier bearing to reduce vibrations. Brakes are discs at all four corners, and a new stainless steel gas tank hangs out back. Weld Racing aluminum wheels are rated for the load and still look hot rod appropriate wearing 205/60/15 front and 235/70/15 rear BFGoodrich T/A radials for just enough rake to let you know it is for real.

The custom leather and suede interior is all about luxury transportation, even up front in the driver's compartment. Nicely finished with comfortable bucket seats and a billet dash, it's easy to forget you're in a stretched car and not a trick 3-window coupe or tudor. The shifter for the 6-speed is a custom piece that snakes around the seats and nestles against a small center console that contains a cup holder. In back, you'll find spacious accommodations for up to six passengers on two full-width bench seats that have been upholstered in matching red leather and suede. There's full heat and A/C back there as well as entertainment from the Kenwood CD stereo system. Matching carpets and headliner have been custom stitched to make this a luxurious environment that delivers on the performance promise of the exterior. There's even a small finished trunk built into the back of the body, which houses the battery.

So if you're a hot rodder, or a liverycompany, this is a unique opportunity to acquire a vehicle that can be both the star of a show or a source of income. Stretch Lincolns are so boring, and everyone has done Hummers to death, so these might be high-sought accessories to the ultimate hot rod wedding. Or imagine traveling cross-country in style with your whole family in this one, with plenty of stretch-out room, it's better than a minivan any day. The possibilities are endless with a car like this, and its construction quality and thoughtful details make it reliable, powerful, and durable for commercial work. If you're the kind of person who recognizes a unique opportunity like we do, call now!

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