1932 Ford Roadster “Boydster II”

The Boydster II is a stunning example of three of the best custom builders and designers coming together to create a truly timeless design.

Only three all steel Boydsters were built. From the custom grille, to the custom metal dash, to the fenders and running boards mounted into the side rails to allow the cars to sit lower to ground, Boyd Coddington, Chip Foose, Bobby Alloway, and George Lange created a truly time “must have” car for any serious collector.

The rear end is based upon a Corvette independent suspension centersection. The factory crossmember was removed, and it has custom fabricated mounts.  Features include custom control arms and hub carriers by Boyd Coddington, as well as custom-fabricated brake brackets and rotors.  The pads have machined covers, incorporating a male/female pin to hold the pads, eliminating the cotter pins.

The wheels are Boyd Coddington spindle-mount wheels, with no lug nuts and hidden fasteners.

The powerplant is a 454 fully polished aluminum ZL1 block (number 12 of a limited run of 211) from GM Performance Parts.  Polished aluminum heads, topped with custom billet valve covers. Hand-made intake, incorporating a custom fuel injection system, and a billet MSD ignition.

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RM Auctions Scottsdale 2012 – Thursday Auction Preview

Held annually at the prestigious Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa RM Auctions brings some of the best cars to auction and this years auction is no other. With its usual stable of Duesenberg’s, Aston-Martin’s, Jaguar’s, and Ferrari’s. Here are some of the lots we found to be most interesting.

1937 Cord 812 SC “Sportsman” Convertible Coupe

1957 BMW 507 Roadster

1915 Brewster-Knight Model 41 Landaulet by Brewster

2001 Ford F-150 Lightning Rod Concept

1950 Hudson Commodore Convertible

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1911 Ford Model-T Torpedo Runabout

The Ford Model-T Torpedo Runabout was first introduced in 1911. It featured a 20 horsepower, 4 cylinder, 4 cycle, 4 stroke engine with a 3 3/4 inch bore. They ranged in price from $645 unequipped to $725 fully equipped. Only 7,845 were produced that year. This was also the first year that Ford stopped using the all wooden body style and began using steel-paneled bodies on a wooden frame. There were two different models of the Runabout built; the Open Runabout and the Torpedo Runabout. Both models featured longer, curved fenders, longer hoods, longer steering columns, and lower seats. They came with a top, an automatic brass windshield, a speedometer, a tubular horn, and a tool kit. The Torpedo Runabout came with two doors, as opposed to the Open Runabout which had no doors. In 1911, the Model-T’s were given revised brass radiators and new wheels. During this model year, changes were also made to the engine. Exposed valves were replaced with valve chambers which were cast into the block. Steel doors were added to provide easier access for adjusting the valves. Ford also began using cast-iron rear axles and front axles with spindles and separate steering arms. The Runabouts came equipped with brass, gasoline powered headlamps and kerosene side and tail lamps. They featured round, rear deck mounted fuel tanks which held 16 gallons of fuel. That was six more gallons than the touring cars. The Ford Model-T Torpedo Runabout is considered to be the first sports car.

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