The Toronto Fall Classic Car Auction

Lot : SP137
1931 Ford Roadster

Auctioned on Saturday, November 2, 2013

Not Sold at a High Bid of $57,000

  • Engine Displacement: 348
  • Transmission: GM T5

This 31 Ford Model A “Speedster Special” is constant Show Winner! It is also the car chosen by Sanderson Headers to be featured in their ads in rod magazines, featured in their catalog and had a 2 page feature on it in Street Rodder magazine. Some of the titles won by this car are * First In Class Detroit Autorama 2010 * Top 10 Street Rodder Sycacuse 2010 * Grand Champion 2009, Performance World Toronto * Best Canadian ISCA Quebec 2008 * Grand Champion Place Bonaventure Montreal 2008.
Looking as if it is ready to drive off at 100 mph this Model A roadster is all gow job. A perfect stance accented by a wicked combination of big ’n’ littles, cowl steering, a Hallockstyled windshield, and Deuce grille makes it a standout in any crowd.
With a nod to post-war styling remaining virtually unchanged with the exception of a ’60 348ci Chevy
nestled between the ’rails. Built on an original ’31 Ford spine it was stretched 3 inches, Z’ing the rear 2-1/2 inches, boxing it, and adding a Dagel’s Street Rods X-member to tie it all together. Out back a 40 Ford rear was treated to a vintage Culver City Halibrand Model 201 V-8 quick-change filled with 4.22:1 cogs suspended in place by ’40 Ford split ’bones. A modified Posies Model A rear spring combined with Pete & Jakes tube shocks help soften the bumps. Up front, a Chassis Engineering dropped-and-drilled axle deftly.
A squadron of Holley 94s perched atop a vintage Offenhauser six-deuce intake suck plenty of air, while spark comes from a ’59 GM distributor hopped-up by PerTronix. A set of modified Sanderson Limefire
headers and gear changes work through a Borg-Warner T5.
A lustrous coating of custom blended PPG Black vibe brings life to the Brookville all steel speedster. Custom details like the stainless Deuce grille insert painted in French Gray, ’50 Pontiac taillights, and gennie Guide 682-C headlights perched atop Offenhauser stanchions are a perfect nod to days gone by. The dash was topped with engine-turned aluminum and filled with black Stewart-Warner Wings gauges, and a LimeWorks Speed Shop ’40 Ford column capped with a gennie ’40 Ford DeLuxe steering wheel navigates the course. Sitting in the roadster looking through the Hallockstyled windshield as the vintage Chevy V-8 spews thunder through its pipes it’s hard not to imagine the car roaring across El Mirage.
The “Speedster Special” nails the look with a vintage 201-series Halibrand V-8 quick-change peeking out accented by ’50 Pontiac taillights, gas filler on the rear deck, One thing for sure is that just the right historical elements were infused into this creation making it timeless in its own right.