1934 Ford Roadster by Boyd Coddington
1934 Ford Roadster by Boyd CoddingtonSource: RM Auctions
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Posted: 22 Jan 2008
Specifications: 300bhp, 350 cu. in. Chevrolet Corvette LT1 V8 engine, three-speed automatic transmission, Corvette multilink independent rear end, custom chassis by Larry Sergejeff, Coddington independent front suspension with unequal-length control arms, Corvette independent multilink rear suspension, four-wheel Wilwood disc brakes. Wheelbase: 116"
Enhanced by the creative talents of the then in-house chief designer, Chip Foose, Boyd Coddington's trend-setting hot rods and custom cars established industry precedents, won nearly every major show award, and included milestones like Jamie Musselman's '33 Ford Roadster, Butch Martino's all-aluminum roadster, the radical Mitsubishi-powered "Alumacoupe", Vern Luce's '34 Ford Coupe, Buzz DiVosta's "Roadstar", "Cadzzilla," "CheZoom," the 1996 AMBR-winning "Boydster," and in 2001, the "Lead Zephyr," among many others.
Understated elegance is the best descriptor for this ultra-clean Boyd-built '34 Ford Roadster. Deftly accentuating the original Ford Model 40's inherently lovely lines, Chip Foose artfully stretched, tweaked and subtly reshaped a fiberglass body that is mounted on a lengthened, Larry Sergejeff-built chassis. The lengthened 116-inch wheelbase (a stock '34 Ford is 112 inches) allowed Foose to further perfect the '34's razor sharp shape, while providing a roomier cockpit than the original car offered. Boyd's craftsmen fabricated the chopped and raked windshield posts, along with three tiny but functional mirrors.
A hand-formed aluminum hood, coupled with solid side panels, was mated to a modified 1933 Ford grille shell incorporating a handsome D.F. Metalworks insert. (That said, this roadster is duly registered in California as a '34, despite an incorrect reference in the Coddington book, "Hot Rods by Boyd," that states it's a '33). King Bee headlamps provide an authentic link with hot rod tradition.
Boyd Coddington builds his cars to be exciting drivers, and this roadster is no exception. Under its tapered hood, a fuel-injected Corvette LT-1 V8 holds sway, with a reliable and stout 300bhp. With hand-crafted independent A-arms in front, and a Corvette multi-link independent rear, backed by Carrera coilover shocks in all four corners, aided by staggered 205/45ZR16 and 285/45ZR16 Goodyear Eagle performance tires on 16x7 and 18x10 inch, Boyd's Premier billet aluminum custom 5-Star wheels, Fiat rack & pinion steering and Wilwood power-assisted disc brakes, this sleek roadster can hold its own with most modern sports cars.
Tested by Motor Trend magazine in 1996, driven by accomplished writer and racer, Don Sherman, the 2,600 pound '34 sprinted to 60mph in five seconds flat, managed a creditable .087g on a 200ft skidpad, and twirled through a 600ft slalom averaging 63.9mph. In the 1/4 mile dash, the roadster hit 100.5mph in just 13.6 seconds. Hammering the Wilwoods resulted in a braking distance of just 128ft from 60mph.
Luxury touches abound in this highly refined hot rod. Tan leather upholstery by Boyd, rich wool carpeting, custom Recaro sport seating, a twin-spoke, leather-wrapped custom steering wheel on a GM tilt-column, a unique instrument panel with modern VDO gauges, and a modified Gennie shifter make driving this automobile a distinct pleasure. Greg Morrell finished the exterior in luscious yellow, but not before the interior was enhanced with a Kenwood audio system and high-fidelity Orion speakers.
Custom-built for Beverly Hills, California resident David Sydorick, a noted collector of fine Italian performance cars and a member of the Board of Directors of the Petersen Automotive Museum, who also owns Boyd's remarkable Alumacoupe, this '34 has great provenance. "It was designed by Chip Foose, and built at Boyd Coddington's shop in Stanton, CA, with his original crew," notes Sydorick. "It's proven itself on the road many times."
Clean, with a commanding presence, and capable of neck-snapping acceleration, this '34 Roadster is immediately recognizable as an authentic Boyd Coddington creation. Its timeless lines, understated simplicity and proven performance, plus a snug-fitting removable hardtop, combine to make this car a contemporary hot rod classic that can win at shows, or travel reliably on long, cross-country journeys. Over the years, Boyd-built hot rods and custom cars have consistently demonstrated appreciating value as collector's items. David Sydorick's handsome '34 Roadster will surely continue that tradition.
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