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Ford Coupe, Red, for sale in Charlotte, North Carolina, for $34,995.
This 1931 Ford 5-window coupe looks super traditional at first glance, with whitewalls and a small block Chevy, but the Audi bright red paint, 383 stroker, and a 4-speed automatic with overdrive put it squarely in modern times. Is this car the best of both worlds?
The body is a genuine steel 5-window coupe, chopped and shaved, but retains the upright good looks of Henry's original design. Henry Ford didn't like red paint because it was expensive, but then again, he probably never saw a bright red car that looked as good as this one. Someone spent a ton of time on that vintage sheetmetal getting it dead straight and massaging all the details. Quality workmanship shows in things like the belt moldings that remain crisp, the rear fender wells that are now smooth, as well as the little things like the rounded corners on the decklid and the '39 Ford taillights. The roof has been filled and beaded, which not only looks cool but adds strength. Additionally, the only fiberglass you'll find is a small section on the firewall where accommodations were made for the Chevy V8 which replaced the original flathead four.
The interior is far more luxurious than any Model A ever was, from the leather-covered custom bench seat to the beautifully stitched matching door panels. There's plenty of headroom inside the chopped coupe, thanks to that seat, which also has contrasting seat belts for safety. Smoothed and filled, the original dash now carries a wide billet instrument panel with a complete array of Auto Meter gauges, highlighted by custom pinstripes. A wooden Grant steering wheel lends it an upscale feel, but just so you don't forget that this car is a weapon on the streets, there's an LED shift light staring you down from atop the steering column. Overhead there's a nicely stitched headliner along with a tidy consolette housing the AM/FM/CD head unit and a set of speakers.
If you're going to hang your engine out there for everyone to see, it better be something special, and in this case, it's a 383 cubic inch small block Chevy rated at an astounding 547 horsepower. Equipped with a set of lightweight Trick Flow aluminum heads, a roller valvetrain, and dual quads with those towering aluminum air cleaners, this is an engine designed to look good but perform even better. The supporting cast includes a big radiator in the original shell, a set of Sanderson headers that are like industrial artwork, and traditional-looking finned valve covers that take you back to the '60s. Power is churned through a built 700R4 4-speed automatic and a 9-inch rear full of 3.88 gears for easy cruising. Traditional touches include the wishbone front suspension, fully boxed frame that's been painted Model A black, and a set of ladder bars out back. The final touch is steel wheels with dog dish hubcaps and staggered BFG wide whitewall radials.
Just be prepared for all the attention; there's just no sneaking around in a bright red Model A with side pipes. Call today!
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Engine:383 ci v8
Location:Charlotte, North Carolina