Two of the America’s Most Beautiful Roadster contenders for 2020 were radical 1927 Fords. The Ivy Reed Roadster and The Twin Fan Special, each distinctly different yet equally exceptional. First up is the Ivy Reed Roadster, this build pays homage to the early days of racing. Schrader’s Speed Shop out of Azusa, California were the craftsmen for the majority of the build.
J.M.S. Racing and Schrader’s Speed Shop built the power plant for the ’27 Roadster. They dropped a 276ci ’51 flathead Ford block between the rails. The team augmented this track ready ’27 with Tattersfield Baron heads and an Edmunds intake topped with a pair of short body Strombergs. A Winters Quickchange rearend and a ’39 Ford tranny round out the drivetrain. Luc Delay leant his artistic hand to this build by expertly shaping the distinctive track-nose. Schrader’s fabricated the dash and Bruce Abbott at Abbott Instrument Restoration hand crafted the gauges. Rogellio’s Auto Upholstery stitched the interior and the Brooklands windscreens complete the nostalgic look. Schrader’s Speed Shop finished the build by spraying the Ivy Reed Roadster in house with Porsche’s “Stone Grey”.
The homebuilt Twin Fan Special gives a nod back to the old days of street rodding. Dustin Smith’s Rod is a fine example of old school cool and timeless tradition. This “old-time” Roadster sports a 1927 Ford shell. The 226ci six-cylinder Ford gets a power boost from an Edmonds head and intake manifold coupled with a pair of Stromberg Carbs. A Ford 1939 trans. gets the power to the ultra traditional wide whites.
In back is a Halibrand quick-change rear. The color on this retro roadster is a modern metallic blue, you may recognize it from the Chevy Avalanche. The interior is black Naugahyde with Stewart Warner gauges and a 4-spoke sprint car style steering wheel. The perfect contrast to the modern metallic blue are the chrom louvers up front and on the trunk lid.
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