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1933 Ford Roadster – Double Dozen Prototype

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Profile ID: 46572
Year: 1933
Make: Ford
Model: Roadster
Markets: Rod & Custom
Vehicle Type: American
Contact: Steve’s Auto Restorations

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This one-of-a-kind roadster was designed by Chris Ito and hand crafted by Steve’s Auto Restorations.  Initially this roadster started out as the prototype for a project dubbed the Double Dozen.  Original plans called for 12 aluminum fendered and 12 aluminum fenderless examples to be available for commission.  Plans changed however, and only one steel body, the prototype, was produced.  Additionally only one aluminum body was produced.  The aluminum bodied version was completed as a fendered car and went on to win the 2017 Ridler award as the Renaissance Roadster.  Every inch of this one-off Roadster has been completely hand formed and fabricated.  The sleek and refined body is formed by hand over wooden bucks that were fabricated with the aid of a full scale drawing.  The hand built chassis with tubular cross-members appears to consist of a simple dropped solid axle front suspension, but is actually much more complicated.  The dropped axle is not a solid tube, but rather a split unit that allows the front wheels to articulate independently of each other.  Each half of the axle is mated to a cantilevered push/pull rod that runs inside the frame rails to horizontally mounted coil-over shocks located beneath the A-pillar under the passenger compartment.  A Mustang Cobra IRS transfers the power, but does so through handmade upper and lower control arms with a cantilevered coil-over shock arrangement.   Shoehorned behind the one-off chrome plated grille resides a supercharged 4.6L Mustang Cobra V8 which features a custom fabricated intercooler and air box.  The car currently resides at the Petersen Museum as part of their collection.