213 Thornton Rd
Lithia Springs, GA
Lithia Springs, Georgia
Like rods the way they used to be? This 1932 Ford roadster is textbook tradition in every way. Great colors, impressive build quality, and plenty of performance mean this rod delivers an old school look with no compromises.
A stripped-down roadster is the essence of speed, and this white '32 delivers that classic look from nose to tail. The body itself is real-deal Henry Ford steel, which makes a big difference in the way the car looks, acts, and feels. It was built back in the 1990s, but tradition never goes out of style and it has a long string of impressive awards behind it to back up its old-school cool. The lines are exact and the ultra-smooth bodywork is worthy of the unusual white paint, which really makes this rod stand out. Things like the hinges, door handles, and top snaps are still in place, evidence of a factory steel body, but the windshield was raked back a bit, all in the quest for style and speed. The smooth hood gives it a sleek look and there's a single red pinstripe to highlight the belt molding, a little detail that a lot of traditional hot-rodders embraced. The traditional '32 Ford grille is flanked by vintage bucket-style headlights and a nicely pinstriped spreader bar, while the rear end is decorated with familiar teardrop-shaped '39 Ford taillights and more ornate pinstripe work. It's a look that's worked for decades and it'll never go out of fashion.
It's pretty likely that few roadsters in the early days of hot rodding had interiors this beautifully finished. A contoured bench seat is wrapped in black tuck-and-roll naugahyde, a classic look that dates to the earliest days of hot rodding. Simple door panels with map pockets and leather check straps are pure roadster cool and seat belts were added for safety. Full carpets are a luxurious feature in any roadster and the instrument panel is a neat wooden piece full of traditional Stewart Warner gauges. The 3-spoke banjo-style steering wheel has a vintage vibe but a smaller diameter and fatter rim to feel a bit more contemporary to today's drivers and it feels natural to rest your hand on the Lokar shifter. Even the radio is cool: a vintage Becker Mexico head unit borrowed from a Mercedes-Benz. The trunk has still got a lot of space for road trips, despite being home to the battery, and it's neatly upholstered to match the interior. And for weather protection, there's a black canvas top and side curtains, making this a rod you can take on long hauls.
Traditional horsepower comes in the form of a 327 cubic inch Chevrolet V8 crate motor with a bunch of smart upgrades. Built like it might have been in the 1960s, it offers a Rochester 4-barrel carburetor on a factory intake and ram's horn exhaust manifolds, as if it was just yanked from a Corvette. The block is painted red and carries vintage finned Edelbrock valve covers and a Corvette-style louvered air cleaner. The '32 frame itself is as well-finished as the bodywork, with white paint and lots of prep work on the welds so it all looks like it's forged from one piece. The transmission is a quick-shifting TH350 3-speed automatic and it powers a beautifully finished Ford 9-inch rear. The suspension is traditional, with a dropped I-beam up front with a transverse spring, while out back it has a 4-link setup. Even the brakes are old school, with 1940 Ford drums up front to really nail the retro look. Red steelies wear trim rings and plain hubcaps and a set of 6.0-15 Firestone wide whitewalls.
A multiple magazine feature car and voted as one of the top 100 roadsters ever built by "Hot Rodder" magazine, this is a fantastic old-school rod that gets everything right. Call today!
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