1934 Ford Roadster Highboy by Boyd
Rape Seed Yellow with Beige Interior
In the world of hot rods, there is perhaps no more famous name than that of Boyd Coddington. Revered for his enormously creative designs and fanatical attention to detail, Coddington has produced some of the most illustrious and well-regarded cars in the industry. Each of his cars is a bespoke creation, artfully rendered to the owner`s specifications. Coddington`s cars have won countless awards around the world, and are some of the most creative and beautiful automotive creations ever made. He founded his shop, Hot Rods by Boyd, in 1978 and has since built hundreds of cars. Famous for his slightly eccentric personality and brashness, he was inducted into the Hot Rod Hall of Fame in 1998 and starred in the TV show American Hot Rod.
When asked what the quintessential hot rod was, Coddington answered that a Ford roadster highboy (no fenders), and for that reason, this particular car was selected as a quintessential example of Coddington`s work for a 1996 Motor Trend comparison with the then new Plymouth Prowler. In addition to appearing in the magazine (accompanied by Chip Foose, Coddington`s then chief designer and designer of this car), this car also appeared in a book ``Hot Rods by Boyd`` on pages 49 to 53. Naturally, a copy of the book is included with the car. Also included with the car are two magazine articles in which the car was featured, some 8X10 photographs from one of the photo shoots, and a photo album with images from Coddington`s shop documenting the construction of the car.
The technical specifications of the car are hardly 1933, with unequal-length control arms, Carrera coil-overs, and modern Z-rated tires on 16X7 and 18X10 inch wheels. The engine is a fuel injected Corvette LT1, joined to an automatic transmission, and Motor Trend test produced a 0-60 time of five seconds flat. They also found that the car was a very capable at cornering, posting .90g of lateral acceleration. The rear end looks vaguely Jaguar-esque, with and independent setup with inboard disc brakes. The Wilwood disc brakes are power assisted all around, and there are front and rear sway bars. Steering is by rack and pinion, and the differential is from a Corvette. The interior features leather Recaro seats and wool carpets.
This car has covered just 992 miles and is therefore in like new condition. The paint shows almost no wear whatsoever and has been applied to the highest standards. The panels fit superbly and the overall level of craftsmanship is extremely high. There is hand-applied pinstriping that extends around the entire car, and a number of very neat details, including a spring-loaded folding retractable license plate that is visible only as long as the engine is running since it is held in place by a vacuum operated servo. Throughout the car, simplicity is the rule, with a minimum of decoration, and the removal of everything unnecessary, and the concealment of everything necessary for the cleanest possible aesthetic. The headlamps and glass are excellent, including the H4 halogen headlamps. The windscreen is tinted and is showing small areas of delamination at the edges. The wheels are made of solid pieces of billet that have been machined into award-winning designs (by Chip Foose of course) which won wheel of the year award when they first came out.
The interior is very monochromatic, with a tan finish to nearly every component. The Recaro seats door panels, kick panels and rear firewall are upholstered in tan leather, and the square-weave carpet is similar to that used in Porsche 356`s. The door pulls, pedal hardware, and seat frames are painted a similar tan color, and the underside of the dash reveals very thoughtful attention to detail that extends even to the wiring harness! The seatbelts (including the plastic portion) are also in a matching shade of tan. The dashboard is painted yellow, and the instruments are carried over directly from a 1933 Ford. There is a remote for the Alpine 6-CD changer under the driver`s seat, while the changer itself is located in the trunk.
The engine compartment also reveals consummate attention to detail, with an extremely clean installation of the Corvette engine. The engine block is finished in yellow paint to match the bodywork, and almost all components are either yellow or chromed. Custom covers were made to cover the area on top of the engine between the banks of the V and the cylinder head covers, and they lend a very clean flush look, especially with the flush mounted air-filter. The radiator has been given a mirror finish gold-colored finished, and the headers are tubular coated items.
The trunk was trimmed to match the interior, with the same carpeting and leather applied. Even in the inside of the trunk lid is upholstered in leather. There is a 6-disc CD changer as well, along with the fuel filler, which is of course, painted tan to match the remainder of the trim.
The underside of this car is a real treat. As in the rest of the car, there are neat touches everywhere that make obvious the attention and craftsmanship that went into the car. Every component is either chromed or yellow, including all suspension and brake components. The oil pan is yellow to match the frame, which is also yellow, and even the brake booster is yellow. The hard brake lines have been routed in the most aesthetically pleasing way possible. The drive train (including differential, driveshaft, half-shafts) is also fully chromed. The entire exhaust system has been coated.
This car is the ultimate embodiment of why Boyd Coddington`s work is so highly regarded. Truly a case of less is more, this car`s simplicity is a significant part of its appeal. The level of craftsmanship and attention to detail are awe-inspiring, and the more one looks, the more one sees and the more one appreciates the car. This car is totally unique, comprehensively documented, like new, and ready to show or drive. Following Coddington`s death earlier this year, this car`s appeal is further enhanced by being an example of his work that he oversaw directly.
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