Maroon
Beige
383 V8
6 Speed Manual

Think you've seen it all? Guess again. In the world of hot rodding, there's always the desire to one-up the other guy, to do something nobody else has done, to create something that's both jaw-dropping and functional. RK Motors Charlotte's latest submission in the “dare to be different” category is this 1934 Ford stretched show car, which is one of only three built, and we have the only two in private hands. The body is by Downs, power is by Lingenfelter, and it's as nicely finished as any car you've seen at the street rod nationals. Drive it, show it, or put it to work in a private limousine service, the choice is yours.

The craftsmen at Downs Fiberglass are no strangers to innovation, and several years ago they built a prototype '34 Ford stretched show car and pulled molds to look at the potential of putting it into series production. Ultimately, however, only two were built (and RK Motors Charlotte has them both), making them a unique footnote in the company's history.

This car is very nicely finished, as are all of Downs' bodies, and fits together better than many of those cut-and-stretch jobs that you see on the road because it was designed and built to be a stretched car from the beginning. Suicide doors up front are the same size and shape as the original Ford pieces from Downs' other bodies, while the back doors are elongated to make ingress and egress easy and to give the body a better sense of proportion. Of course, the top has been tastefully chopped, giving it a sleek, lowered appearance, but not so low that it compromises headroom and comfort. The paint is two-stage urethane in a deep burgundy that glitters in the sun thanks to a lot of metallic in the paint. The monochromatic paint lets the body shape speak for itself, and is decorated only with a single yellow pinstripe that wraps around the car. The hood is a steel piece with vented sides to keep the hot small block well-ventilated.

Tinted glass is used throughout the car in true movie star fashion, and little details stand out, like the billet grille and painted headlight shells. LEDs have been frenched into the rear panel as tail lights, and a simple set of bumpers accent the '30s look of the car. You'll also note a few modern features have been grafted onto this rod, from the side mirrors to the door handles, which are mounted down low and out of your field of vision, keeping the body sides clean without having to resort to remote door poppers.

Moving this incredible creation is not a problem, thanks to a 383 cubic inch small block Chevy under the hood. Built by the legendary John Lingenfelter and featuring his unique large-plenum intake, it makes 450 horsepower and is a torquey, tractable, smooth engine that easily moves the big body. And in true hot rod style, it rumbles through a throaty dual exhaust system and is surprisingly quick when prodded. The engine bay has been dressed up with a lot of polished aluminum and stainless, from the aforementioned intake to the chrome plated alternator. Up front there's a massive aluminum radiator keeping it cool so it can idle for hours with the A/C cranking, and power accessories like A/C, power steering, and power brakes are all part of the package.

The engine's power is transmitted through a Richmond 6-speed manual gearbox, then through a 2-piece driveshaft with a carrier bearing for smoothness, to a 9-inch Ford with 4.11 gears. With the 6-speed, the tall gears are a good idea, because they allow the big car to move off the line effortlessly and smoothly, while the overdrive allows relaxed high-speed cruising on the highway. The custom-built frame is fully boxed with tubular crossmembers and easily supports the body and a full compliment of passengers. Up front, there's a Mustang II type suspension with tubular upper and lower control arms, and a cockpit-adjustable Firestone Ride Rite airbag system smoothes out the bumps. The dual exhaust system stretches from one end to the other, with a pair of aggressive-sounding mufflers that quiet down at speed just like they should. Four wheel discs provide confident, strong stopping power no matter the load. Wheels are traditional big-n-little aluminum hoops from Billet Specialties, with 15s up front and 17s in back wearing Goodyear Eagle HP radials.

You'll appreciate the mix of traditional hot rod styling cues and luxury inside as well, where tan ultra leather covers almost every square inch of the interior. The driver and front seat passenger get their own fitted leather bucket seats and an elegantly simple dashboard. The six speed's shifter is at your fingertips between the seats, and a simple row of Dakota Digital gauges behind a smoked piece of plexiglass gives it a high-tech look. A matching wheel wrapped in more ultra leather tops a billet steering column, which also features a billet drop bracket. Sculpted door panels house speakers for the powerful AM/FM/CD stereo system. In back, adjustable bench seats perhaps borrowed from a Suburban have been upholstered to match the fronts, along with door panels that continue the theme started up front. Courtesy lights at the base of the seat are a nice touch. Downs has also thoughtfully added a small trunk area built into the back of the body.

The task of building and finishing a car of this size to this level of detail must be a truly staggering undertaking. The engine alone was probably an $8000 piece, and the fabrication that went into the chassis has to be seen to be believed. Finished and freshly tuned by the experts here at RK Motors Charlotte, it is ready to be driven and enjoyed, or put to work in a commercial livery service. If you're one of those guys who likes to be different and enjoys making a big entrance, you'll probably need a fire engine to top this one. And for those of you who see a business opportunity, I suspect you're not alone—vintage-looking cars at weddings are in demand. Whatever your intentions, this '34 Ford stretched show car is a rare opportunity. Call today!

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