Ford Sublime Custom Roadster

This incredible 1936 Ford Roadster, known as “Sublime,” was initially designed by renowned automotive artist Chip Foose. Joe Gosnell and his wife, who sadly died during the early phases of construction, originally commissioned it. It was offered for sale in project form, including the radical custom chassis then under construction at John West Fabrications, a Division of Dan Fink’s Metalworks. In 2002, noted classic-car collectors Dick and Helen Rash purchased the project and engaged Thun Field Rod & Custom to complete it.

The build required three years to complete and was overseen by Thun Field’s Marshall Woolery, while Gary Sutherland, Jr. handled fabrication duties and Russ Jadin performed mechanical work. In addition to the removal of the car’s original roof, the body was channeled, sectioned and then widened by two inches from the firewall back. Literally, every body panel was skillfully altered or completely re-fabricated to produce the car’s final shape.

A new grille was fabricated using 22-gauge sheet metal and slanted back at a 35-degree rake. The hand-made, highly modified front fenders combine the best original ’37 Chevy, ’36 Ford and ’36 Hudson elements, while the highly modified ’39 Lincoln Zephyr rear fenders were finished with custom skirts.

The rear portion of the car flows seamlessly into the passenger compartment and across the widened and forward-angled doors, lending the visual impression that “Sublime” actually left the Ford assembly line as a roadster in 1936.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2011 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona.

360 bhp, 350 cu. in. Chevrolet ZZ4 V-8 engine with Barry Grant Tri-Power induction system, GM 700-R4 four-speed automatic overdrive transmission, four-wheel independent C4 Corvette suspension with Bilstein coil-over shock absorbers, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 120".

Source: RM Auctions

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