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Lot 259: 1930 Ford Model A Hotrod

Spirit of Motoring, Coys (29 September 2005)

The term hot rod became popular in the 1940's but the first examplescalled gow jobs or soup-upswere built during the Depression by young enthusiasts, usually with little or no money, who were eager to tinker with what then was still a novel piece of machinery.Many of those early hot rodders also wanted to show-up their wealthier cohorts; to prove to them that money was not the only way to gain automotive status. So, despite its emphasis on power and performance, a hot rod has also always been a social statement, having to do with self-reliance, ingenuity and ultimately independence. It is this added emotional resonance that separates hot rods from mere home built racers, and gives them a deeper definition not addressed by dictionaries.Originally Hot Rodded in the 1960's in Arizona, this Ford Model A was imported into England about twenty years ago and was totally rebuilt during 2004 with a bare metal respray and reconditioning of all components including the body. Both body and chassis numbers match so was built from a complete original car. The engine is a classic American V8: a 5.7 litre Chevy which has been totally rebuilt. Induction is by Edlebrock Dual Quad setup which uses two Edlebrock 500 cfm carbs on a progressive linkage. Gearbox is a GMTH 350 three speed automatic with a high stall torque converter. Front suspension is beam axle with transverse leaf springs and 1940's Ford brakes, all chromed, while the rear axle is mounted on a chromed four bar setup with coil over shocks. Paint work is described as excellent and is finished in Yellow Pearl while the interior is white tuck'n'roll with two leather bucket seats surrounded by a chrome roll cage. All window mountings, dash rail, gauges, etc have been chromed. Wheels are Vintage Chrome Smoothies with chrome bullet centre caps with Coker Commander wide white wall tyres. Described as being in "as new" condition, the car has a V5, MoT valid until May 2006 and road tax until April 2006.

Lot Details
Auction Spirit of Motoring
Coys, Westminster, London SW1
TypeCar
Lot Number259
Estimate£18000-£20000
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1930
Condition rating
Registration numberSV 6395
Mileage-
Chassis number344 1607
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