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A ’32 Ford Hot Rod with a Hint of Ferrari

In the world of hot rodding, it takes a lot to get people’s attention. Hot rods, by nature, stick out and have a very loud, unmistakable style. So standing out, by the standard of hot rodding, takes a little something extra. If you think that you want a little something extra to the tune of a twin-turbocharged Ferrari V8, then this Craigslist ad may interest you.

Someone is selling a nearly-complete 1932 Ford Coupe with a Ferrari V8 seated between the frame rails. This one statement brings about several more questions, including but not limited to: Why isn’t it finished? and, moreover, Why? Then there’s the asking price: $250,000. Oh my.

In defense of the seller, there has clearly been a lot of work done to this car to bring it to this point. The fact that “this point” isn’t finished, though, is very concerning to me. Not just that it isn’t, but how it isn’t. Why make the exhaust for the turbos and not hook them up to the intercoolers and intake? Why are there no shots of the interior? Where is the steering column?

From the new-looking Ford frame, to the dual Mishimoto intercoolers in the grille, to the radiator mounted in the trunk, there are marks of quality engineering all across this car. The brakes are quite large, the rears alone are 15″ with 4-piston calipers, and the front brakes are covered in a fake drum to make it look more authentic… behind 5-spoke Ferrari rims. I don’t quite understand that bit but I respect the dedication to the look. It’s like all of the details don’t add up.

In researching all of these topics based on the information in the craigslist post, I stumbled across this post on our very own site. It was a show car built by Alan Lee Designs, Rich Evans Designs, and Vintage Flatz. It never actually ran under its own power and was basically a really expensive signpost for its show career.

It is a pretty good advertisement, though. Just look at the awesome independent rear suspension that still utilizes leaf springs. As impressive as the engineering on this machine is, I don’t know if a running ’32 Ford with a Ferrari V8 could be worth $250,000. How could you even know what it would cost to get to the point of being street legal? It would be a gamble, and it is certainly not priced like one.

I really do like this car, but the seller would do well to get it to a running state before trying to sell it for six figures. In my professional opinion, if you are looking for the fun of a Ferrari and have $250,000 to spend: buy a Ferrari.

Categories: Classic Cars, Tuner & Custom Cars

Ian Swan
About Ian Swan

I am a life-long car enthusiast and the proud owner of what is likely the only Mini Cooper S to have ever been hit by a Snow Cat. I live in Brooklyn, New York, where I spend too much time looking for neat cars.