- *Multiple award-winner
- *American Rodder feature car
- *Steel-reinforced fiberglass body
- *Boyd Coddington frame
- *Ram Jet 502 cid V8
- *6-spd manual transmission
In the world of modern hot rodding, a top notch build is all about components and pedigree. That's why Boyd Coddington was dubbed 'The Hot Rod King'. He had an uncanny ability to take a vintage car and radically transform it using custom fabricated components and a keen eye for outrageous design. During the 90s Coddington hired a talented young designer by the name of Chip Foose and together they would create some of the most timeless and unique hot rods ever put on four wheels. Based on the Boydster show car originally penned by Chip Foose, this spectacular 1932 Boydster roadster features the absolute best of everything from its custom pearl flames to its fully chromed 502 Ram jet engine; and in addition to being a feature car in American Rodder magazine, has taken home trophies from some of the most exclusive hot rod shows in the country.
Painted and assembled by Chris Tietge's Hot Rod Garage in Lebanon Ohio this sweet looking Ford is the kind of car that we all dream of owning as kids and pledge to build as adults. It absolutely nails the often attempted, but rarely achieved formula of OEM quality good looks and panel fit in a highly detailed, completely custom package. The straight and smooth body is covered in a thick coat of vivid GM Torch Red and topped by an amazing custom pearl flame job courtesy of Wade Hughes from Ohio Flames. It's an unbeatable combination on a car that is so well done you'll find yourself walking back to it again and again just to stare and smile.
With think resin throughout and no waves or imperfections, the cars steel reinforced fiberglass body takes the classic design of a '32 Ford roadster and adds numerous details which take it to a whole new level. At the front of the car, a pristine D.F. Metalworks stainless steel grille presents flatter and wider than a traditional '32 Ford grille and sits between two chrome trimmed headlights with body matched housings and integrated turn signals. Behind the grille, the traditional looking '32 Ford hood has been extended to better accommodate massive powerplants and gives the car that cool 'long and low' look that emphasizes power. Behind the hood, a modern wrap around windshield trades in the distracting hard edged look of traditional chopped and stainless framed windshields for a smooth custom look that emphasizes the cars clean design. Below that windshield, shaved suicide doors carry modern body matched sport mirrors and fit perfectly, opening with ease and closing with a confident 'thunk'. Below the doors, custom fiberglass fenders flow from the car's front frame horns to the bottom of the rear valence giving the traditional roadster body some nice modern curves. Out back, a custom tan top that was fabricated by Tietge's Hot Rod Shop sits above a thin LED tail light that spans the entire width of the cars smooth rear valence. Below the trunk, a completely retractable license plate hangs just above the ground in front of a finned rear end cover and chrome inboard mounted brakes.
Pry open the long hood and you'll find a fully chromed GM Performance Parts Ram Jet 502 that takes up the car's entire Torch Red engine bay. Straight from GM, this killer package includes high efficiency aluminum heads, an aluminum intake, forged aluminum pistons, forged steel connecting rods, a forged steel crank, a hydraulic roller cam, a fully calibrated ECM, electronic fuel injection and a stout 9.6 to 1 compression ratio that creates 510 horsepower and 565 lb./ft. of unmatched throttle response. Lighting fires for that massive engine is a new American Autowire harness that sends power through a GM coil and distributor to red high performance Taylor plug wires. At the front of the motor a reusable air filter hangs above a Vintage Air Front Runner serpentine system that clears the cars radiator mounted electric fan by about an inch, perfectly displaying the laser precision executed throughout this build. Aesthetically, the car has been completely finished for show with all of its ancillary components like the chrome alternator, chrome AC compressor, polished valve covers, coated long-tube headers and braided hoses still looking brilliant and the simple and uncluttered engine bay appearing more like industrial sculpture than a functioning automobile.
The cars custom-built frame was supplied by Boyd Coddington and consists of a heavily tapered chassis that is reinforced by tubular cross members. A polished Heidt's style front suspension features stainless steel upper and lower control arms, chrome QA1 coil-over shocks, a Flaming River manual steering rack and Wilwood performance brakes with drilled rotors and chrome calipers. The cars polished Corvette inspired independent rear suspension features inboard Wilwood disc brakes with polished calipers, two more polished QA1 coil overs and a cool finned differential cover. Exhaust is handled by a custom fabricated and completely polished oval exhaust system that includes stainless Hushpower mufflers, and a 6-speed manual transmission that was transplanted from an LT4 Corvette provides motivation via a body matched driveshaft and pavement shredding 3.73 gears. Everything under this car has been painted in brilliant Torch Red and, as with the engine bay, all componentry has been upfitted to show standards with polished brake and fuel lines, new braided hoses and a custom fuel tank rounding out the details. At the corners of the car, 16 inch front and 18 inch rear Boyd Coddington wheels wear 205/50 and 255/45 Z-rated Goodyear radials.
You can credit Steve Holcomb at Pro Auto Custom Interiors for this roadster's stunning, show-stopping interior. Covered in high quality cream leather, the bucket seats were custom fabricated just for this car and the overall design is simple and effective. At the floor, a custom cream console flows from the dash to the middle of the seats and houses a GM 6-speed shifter, controls for the cars Vintage Air HVAC system and buttons for the power windows. At the sides of the seats, custom cream door panels flow around great looking billet door handles, and at the bottom of the seats high-end tan wool carpeting sits below chrome pedals and thick tan mats. In front of the driver, a painted tilt steering column is topped by a custom Boyd Coddington steering wheel, and the painted dash is equipped with a Billet Specialties aluminum panel that holds reliable Classic Instruments gauges. Behind the cockpit you'll find a fully finished trunk that perfectly matches the cream interior and hides a Secret Audio AM/FM radio.
This car's show history is extensive, and the list of awards it has won is impressive:
It was named Boyd Coddington's Pros Pick at the 2005 Goodguys Nationals in Columbus, Ohio.
It received Best of Show - Street Rod at the 2005 Ohio's Open Run in Lebanon, Ohio.
It placed sixth in the '32 Altered Street Roadster class at the 2006 Detroit Autorama in Detroit, Michigan
It was Boyd Coddington's Pros Pick - Best Bitchin' at the 2007 Goodguys Nationals in Columbus, Ohio
It received Best of Show at the 2011 New Lebanon Car Show in New Lebanon, Ohio
Included with the car is a few extra parts, two copies of the American Rodder issue it was featured in, extensive receipts and manuals about the details of its construction and photos of the entire process.
You can't really ask for a better hot rod than this '32 Roadster. Designed by Chip Foose, sourced by Boyd Coddington, powered by factory developed GM technology, assembled to exceptionally high standards with top notch components and coated in custom paint, this Ford literally HAS IT ALL! It's a proven trophy winner with lust worthy appeal that simply cannot be duplicated for the asking price. If you're still not convinced, just keep staring at the pictures; it's only a matter of time before it reels you in just like everyone else that walks through our RK Motors Charlotte showroom. Call today!
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