Boyd Coddington hot rod at Russo and Steele auction

The 1932 Ford was one of the final hot rods built at the late Boyd Coddington’s shop | Russo and Steele
The 1932 Ford was one of the final hot rods built at the late Boyd Coddington’s shop | Russo and Steele

One of the last pieces of hot-rod artwork to roll out of the late Boyd Coddington’s famed California shop, a custom 1932 Ford Model B, will be presented for auction at Russo and Steele’s upcoming sale in Newport Beach, California.

Coddington, who died in February 2008 at the age of 64, was famous for the imaginative and gorgeously finished custom cars that he designed and built. Such landmark creations as CheZoom, the Aluma Coupe and Whatthehaye helped put street rods and customs on the map as bona fide collector cars.

This Ford Deuce started out as a 1932 Ford Model B-400, which was attached to a completely hand-made Coddington chassis. The sleek body is all steel and hand-formed by Marcel’s Custom Metal Shaping in Corona, California, with elongated hood and side panels, custom fenders and a custom-made convertible hardtop that lifts off.

The custom interior boasts modern amenities
The custom interior boasts modern amenities

The glossy black finish shows the perfectly executed metalwork, the auction notes in its description. The modern interior includes power leather seats, power windows, wool carpets, custom gauges, Vintage Air AC and wood-grained dashboard and moldings.

The performance engine is a Roush-built Ford 358 cid V8 with electronic fuel injection, MSD ignition, roller cam and rocker arms, and special exhaust headers, linked with a Ford automatic transmission.

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The Russo and Steele auction takes place June 5 through 7 at the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort in Newport Beach. For more information, see the auction website.

Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.