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1931 Ford ‘Martin Special’ crowned America’s Most Beautiful Roadster


The Martin Special, a 1931 Ford Roadster built by Hot Rods & Hobbies of Signal Hill, California, and owned by Dave Martin, was crowned Sunday as America’s Most Beautiful Roadster at the 69th annual Grand National Roadster Show at the Fairplex in Pomona, an eastern suburb of Los Angeles.

“Dave Martin’s car is an amazing hot rod that began as a bare metal race car and ultimately earned the highest honor in the rodding world,” John Buck, owner of Rod Shows and producer of the Grand National Roadster Show, was quoted in a news release.

, 1931 Ford ‘Martin Special’ crowned America’s Most Beautiful Roadster, ClassicCars.com Journal

“This Ford Roadster possesses all the qualities that our judges look for, truly blowing us away thanks to its exceptional craftsmanship and innovative styling.”

In a previous form, the car competed in the Silver State Classic, an open road race. Its current version was influenced by historic Indy 500 roadsters and has a 500-horsepower Ed Pink Racing Engines small-block engine.

Also taking major awards at the show were Mark and Dennis Mariani’s Rad Rides 1929 Ford Model A (Al Slonaker Memorial), Fred and Diane Bowden’s 1937 Lincoln LeBaron (Blackie Gejeian award) and Mike Garner’s 1950 Mercury (George Barris Kustom d’Elegance).


Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


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