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1927 Ford lakes roadster


The 1927 Ford roadster is built around a body and frame produced by Zipper Motors
The 1927 Ford roadster is built around a body and frame produced by Zipper Motors

As the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association season launched with a major show this past weekend in Scottsdale, Arizona, lots of people are focusing on fun street rods as the way to go. But those things can be pricey to buy or to have professionally built.

The Pick of the Day is a modestly priced entry into hot rodding, a cool-looking 1927 Ford lakes roadster that the seller describes as “probably the best value in a pro-built street rod.” The asking price of $24,999 is “way below the cost to build,” the Tempe, Arizona, seller says in the listing on ClassicCars.com.

The lightweight Ford street rod should be plenty fast
The lightweight Ford street rod should be plenty fast

Although the seller is a classic car dealer, the description in the ad sounds as if he or she owns the car personally, and has driven it quite bit.

“Here’s a fun, no problem hot rod for anyone to enjoy,” the seller says. “This is the second time I have owned the car, I liked it so much I bought it back. I have driven it all over the country with no problems. It is a blast to drive and handles great. It is basically a sprint car with headlights.”

The extensive photo gallery shows a minimalistic street rod with a bright and creative paint theme and well-finished components. The car is built around a Zippers Motors fiberglass body and frame, described as a lakes modified style inspired by classic dry-lakes speedsters.

The car’s seller describes the custom components as “a 400HP 4-bolt main 350 Chevy motor, Turbo 350 transmission with shift kit, Winters V8 quick-change with 3.50/4.11 gear set, Super Bell front axle, polished aluminum radius rods on all 4 wheels, and polished aluminum drag link.

“It has a reversed Corvair steering box, polished aluminum friction shocks, jet hot coated headers and exhaust, full gauges, Lokar shifter, four wheel Wilwood disc brakes system with dual master cylinders. It comes with Salt Flat Special wheels with knock-offs, aluminum radiator, and suicide doors.”

All of which makes this sound like a quick roadster that’s ready to drive without going broke in the process.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day

Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen
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 SPEED.com, 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.

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