Ford Deluxe Three-Window Custom Coupe
This striking Ford Three-Window Coupe started life as a hot rod over 40 years ago and was formerly owned and designed by Tony Miller, the retired Vice President of Design for Hot Wheels. It has been in this collection since 2005.
Understated yet masterfully assembled, the exterior is stunning and the top was chopped 1 ½ inches by Donn Lowe with the top insert remaining in place. Dan Pardini then shaved the spare tire mount, deck handle, taillights and gas filler before frenching the license plate with a custom frame. The gas filler was made flush with the body, the headlights were lowered one inch and ’37 Ford front bumpers were installed. Other interesting exterior features include an electric trunk opener, smooth running boards and a raised trunk floor and driveshaft tunnel.
The interior is equally impressive, with all black wool and velour upholstery, similar to the original Ford patterns. New headliner, package tray and carpeting were installed as well and instrumentation includes a tachometer, ammeter and gauges for supercharger boost, water temperature and oil pressure. In fact, there’s even a unique glass shift knob and an old Hot Wheels badge on the sun visor.
The whole setup is mated to a Tremec Camaro five-speed transmission with an eight-inch rear end and exhaust gases exit through a Flowmaster Hushpower dual exhaust system with Tatom equal-length headers. The car was dropped about five inches all around and rides on commercial Ford steelies (16x5 in front, 16x7 in back), with wide whitewall tires.
With no expense spared in its construction, this Three-Window Coupe was subsequently featured in Hop Up Annual #VI. Lest we forget, it’s tremendously fast too.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in September 2009 at the Petersen Automotive Museum, Los Angeles, California and in January of 2011 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona.
4.8L Ford Flathead V8 engine with GMC 3-71 supercharger, five-speed transmission, dropped front axle with reversed eye spring, parallel leaf springs in rear with lowering blocks and traction bars, four-wheel hydraulic brakes. Wheelbase: 111"
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel