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Lot 356: Ford Model 40 Deluxe Cabriolet Hotrod

Motorcycle and Motorcars, Bonhams & Butterfields (14 November 2009)

Acquired by the present owner in its present form, this 1933 Ford was built up in 2007 from an original steel Ford cabriolet. It is reported to be trouble free, in contrast to many street rods, and as fresh as the day it was completed. Built on a TCI Stage III frame, it is powered by a 1996 Corvette 350 cubic inch aluminum head LT-4 engine, balanced and blueprinted and equipped with LT-1 fuel injection and 4L60 Hydra-Matic transmission. It has independent front suspension and a nine-inch Ford rear axle riding on four-bar triangular stainless steel suspension and Alden coil-over shock absorbers. It has disc brakes all around and runs on Budnik forged billet wheels. The exhaust system is polished stainless steel.

It is painted Bentley Blue with Colonial White sides, fenders and doors. It has a stainless steel Valley gas tank and Griffin radiator. Grille and hood are by Dan Fink. The metal work is by Allen Swedbery, and paint and assembly by Denny's of Enumclaw, Washington. Top and glass are by Paul Reichlin of Mount Vernon, Washington. The windshield and top have been chopped three inches. The top is done in Mercedes-Benz blue canvas with chrome bows.

The all-leather taupe interior is by Jim Griffin of Bend, Oregon, whose work is found in winners of rodding's prestigious Ridler Award. The car has a Budnik steering wheel, Ididit steering column, Lokar pedals, shifter and parking brake, and a Glide split bench seat. Equipped with heater and Vintage air conditioning, it has an Alpine sound system with custom concealed speakers and Sony remote CD unit.

All work was done to the highest standards, and the car is stunning in every way. All visible metal is highly polished, and the interior is of show quality. This is a turn-key rod that is ready for the street or show. It is bound to please a new owner.

Lot Details
Auction Motorcycle and Motorcars
Bonhams & Butterfields, Los Angeles
TypeCar
Lot Number356
Estimate$70000-$90000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price$70000
Hammer Price (inc premium)$81900
Year1933
Condition rating0
Registration number
Mileage-
Chassis number417498
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2