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1932 Ford Highboy Roadster

  • Less than 400 miles since total custom build
  • Custom burgundy exterior with custom saddle tan leather interior
  • Equipped with a GM 350 V-8 crate motor and Brawler carburetor, mated to an automatic transmission
  • Colorado Custom wheels, both front and rear
  • An American Graffiti era icon

VIN: DRMVB0000163121MO

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Post-WWII California dry lakes pioneers established the definitive hot rod look. With its immortal styling, robust chassis, easily modified Ford flathead V-8, and ready affordability, the timeless '32 Ford roadster, a one-year-only model, and short-lived in production at that, became the platform for all manner of 'go-fast' modifications. By the late 1940s, the classic '32 Highboy, as evidenced by the famed roadsters of John Ryan, Bob McGee, Hank Negley, Walker Morrison, Ray Brown, Ed Stewart, and others, had become a model for the ages. Devoid of fenders, the spare wheel, running boards, bumpers, cowl lights and door handles, the result resembled the stripped-for-action racing roadsters that ran at Elgin, Illinois, and Mines Field in California - now LAX. Many '32 Highboys were built, but not to a pattern. Some cars had 'the look'. Some did not. Hot Rod Magazine and 'the little books', like Rod & Custom, Car Craft, and Hop Up covered the better-built rods. Highboy roadsters were dual-purpose cars. Owners used them to cruise and drive to work. Stripped of non-essentials, they became weekend dry lakes racers.

The highboy has an iconic style that defines what most people think a '32 Ford hot rod should look like. This spectacular Highboy was built from scratch by Show Me Rod & Custom, who have been building some of the finest quality reproduction bodies since 1989. The completely hand-laid body includes two-inch stretched doors, Cab Custom aluminum deck lid hinges, Lokar deck lid release cable, hidden door hinges, Bear Claw door latches, a steel sub-structure, two-inch recessed firewall and self-popping deck lid latch. The Highboy also features a three-piece Rootlieb with hinge and latch components from Tri-Mark and Rocky. Additionally, there is a Speedway Motors grille shell and insert. A laid-back windshield and lift-off top help give this hot rod just the right look. The body is finished exquisitely in a deep, mirror-gloss PPG Phoenix Red and highlighted with amazing multi-color flames.

The custom-trimmed, high-quality saddle tan leather interior was designed by Jack's Upholstery. The dash houses a full set of premium Dolphin gauges and there is a polished steering column fitted with a beautiful, polished Bous Performance custom steering wheel. A Lokar shifter, brake and throttle pedals are installed as well.

The beauty of this '32 Highboy is more than just skin deep. The chassis is an HHR-32 from HotShoe Hot Rods. Power is supplied by a healthy GM 350-cubic-inch crate motor mated to a GM transmission from Family Transmission. A PowerTrain Industries drive shaft connects to the John's Industries 9-inch Ford rear end with triangulated four-bar coil over shocks components by Pete & Jakes. Up front, there is a Pete & Jake's 4-inch drop front axle and suspension components. Cooling is provided by a Speedway Motors radiator and electric fan. A-1 Custom Muffler built the rumbling exhaust system. The finishing touches are 18-inch front and 22-inch rear Colorado Custom wheels that give this Highboy an aggressive stance.

Countless hours of labor and funds were spent to create this fabulous Highboy. The fit and finish, the quality of the paint and trim, as well as the premium quality parts selected for the build all add up to a truly great hot rod. With less than 400 miles since its completion, this highly detailed, meticulously and thoughtfully created '32 Ford Highboy is ready to enjoy.

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