Lot #24: 1932 Ford Custom Roadster (Not Available)
An historic period custom build by legendary customizer Gene Winfield
- Customized in period and recently refreshed by legend Gene Winfield
- Very well-known California history; multiple 1964 and 1972 magazine features
- 310-hp Flathead, S.Co.T. blower, Ardun heads, and Halibrand quick-change
- Engine built 2009/10 by noted specialist Don Ferguson, II of Wilmington, California
- Featured in "The Legendary Custom Cars and Hot Rods of Gene Winfield"
- Extensive documentation includes engine-dyno sheet, photos, articles, and more
- Mechanicals rebuilt and dialled in under the Consignor during the late 2000s
|Serial Number:||CALKA 1251|
|Engine Number:||Original to car|
A real California hot rod since the 1940s with well-known history ever since. Customized in period by Gene Winfield for Peter Hischier and refreshed by Mr. Winfield for the Consignor during the 2000s. Powered by a Flathead Ford V-8 with 310 dyno-proven horsepower, built by engine guru Don Ferguson, II of Wilmington, California. Outstanding period speed equipment including Ardun OHV cylinder heads, an early S.C.o.T. blower, and Halibrand quick-change rear end. Brakes and suspension rebuilt 2010. A multiple magazine feature car in 1964 and 1972, this wonderful Deuce was also featured in the 2008 David Grant book, "The Legendary Custom Cars and Hot Rods of Gene Winfield." Accompanied by outstanding documentation, it is a true piece of living California Hot Rod history.
Specifications: Flathead Ford V-8 engine, Ardun OHV cylinder heads, S.C.o.T. supercharger, 310 horsepower, Ford three-speed manual transmission, solid front axle and live rear axle with front and rear transverse leaf springs, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 106"
For true enthusiasts, nothing comes close to a real 1932 Ford hot rod, especially an "Henry Ford" all-steel car with long-term, well-known history and the magic touch - both in period and recently - of Gene Winfield, one of California's finest and longest-running customizers. Famous to legions of hot-rod fans and West Coast hot rodders, Mr. Winfield's career began at an early age and after moving to California, he gained notoriety for hitting 135 mph at Bonneville with his Model T dubbed "The Thing." A succession of award-winning rods and customs followed, plus AMT model kits and TV/movie work, including vehicles for director Ridley Scott's iconic Blade Runner of 1982 brought international fame.
The history of this California car dates to the Los Angeles area during the 1940s and it may have been the #333 roadster owned and raced by Sidewinders club member Major Gilbert. Fellow Sidewinder Gene Winfield, who went on to become a lifelong customizer, first became acquainted with the car when he moved to Modesto, California, where fellow "Century Toppers" club member Lew Thompson acquired the car and later sold the Deuce to Peter Hischier, who worked for Winfield on weekends. Gene performed substantial work on the car, including the dropped front axle, stainless-steel firewall, frenched radiator surround and aluminum "cow catcher" scoop underneath, Auburn dash, aluminum gas tank cover, and black paint. As modified at Winfield's, the Deuce was featured in the April 1964 issue of Hot Rod, the Spring 1964 edition of Hot Cars, and the October 1972 Street Rod. Most recently, a chapter of David Grant's 2008 book, "The Legendary Custom Cars and Hot Rods of Gene Winfield," features this car.
During the early 1970s, Pete Hischier traded the Deuce for a '67 Corvette to Bob Whitehead, who installed a Flathead Ford V-8 plus Ardun OHV cylinder heads and a Halibrand quick-change rear end. The interior was also retrimmed in gold-color upholstery. In 2003, Whitehead sold the car to the Consignor, who is a prolific California-based collector and vintage racer, who took it Gene Winfield, now located in Mojave, for cosmetic freshening. The hood was punched with louvers to improve engine-cooling during one of Gene's bodywork classes and this work was filmed for Jesse James' popular Monster Garage TV show. In 2004, Gene displayed the Deuce at Pomona at a special exhibit featuring original hot rods and their creators. Afterwards, Gene added teardrop-style hood openings to provide clearance for the Ardun cylinder heads.
Gene then repainted the car, added the subtle bluish-silver ghost flames, and retrimmed the interior and trunk to match its 1964 period appearance. The rest of the car was simply cleaned and left essentially unchanged. Other work included a complete electrical rewiring with period-correct cloth-covered wires, installation of copper fuel lines, and a complete engine rebuild by Ardun 'guru' Don Ferguson, II of Wilmington, California, with the engine-dyno sheets showing this very healthy Flathead produces 310 peak horsepower. The distinctive period S.C.o.T. blower is an original unit and one of the first units of its kind made for this engine. The quick-change gearing inside the Halibrand rear-end housing allows for boulevard cruising or freeway driving, expanding the possibilities to enjoy this wonderful period hot rod as desired. The brakes were rebuilt and the suspension was rebuilt and tuned. Some of the car's instruments were replaced with NOS curved glass Stewart-Warner gauges, which were widely used during the 1940s and '50s, and an iconic S-W tach is mounted on the steering column. All instruments work, as well as the lights and turn signals. The Auburn dash remains installed, as does the stainless firewall first installed by Gene Winfield during the car's original build. The Deuce even retains the chromed underside dating to 1964; notwithstanding the presence of some in places, the underside of the car was simply cleaned and not restored in order to maintain the wonderful cues of the original custom work performed during the early 1960s. Since the recent work was completed, the Deuce has been driven to various shows and it can be accurately described as being in "very nice, driver-plus" condition overall.
Today, Lew Thompson, Peter Hischier, Robert Whitehead, Gene Winfield, and the Consignor are all alive, well, and provide exceptional living history authenticating the car and its rich provenance. Simply put, this Deuce marks a truly rare opportunity to acquire one of the few surviving California hot rods from back in the day to maintain its period form, with well-known history and being modified in period and later refreshed by Gene Winfield. In addition to the aforementioned magazines, Gene Winfield book, and wonderful documents including original photos from the 1940s, 1960s, and 1970s, this uncommon hot rod includes a Major Gilbert SCTA timing tag and photos, SCTA programs, and photocopies of articles. Other excellent items include the sale receipt and correspondence from Bob Whitehead to the consignor, plus invoices received from Gene Winfield and Don Ferguson, an engine-dyno sheet, photos of the consignor and Gene Winfield during the repainting process at Gene's shop, photos of Pete Hischier with the Consignor, and more! Handsome, highly drivable, and pure fun, this Deuce stands as an irreplaceable part of California's immensely rich hot-rod culture in all possible respects.