The Texas Playboy: Classic 1932 Ford roadster is a top-quality build

The Pick of the Day, featured in ‘Rodder's Journal,’ emulates old-school hot rods

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The '32 roadster was built by Brian Bass of 'Fast N' Loud' fame

“There may be other ‘32 Fords out there, but not all cars are created equal,” says the seller of the Pick of the Day, a 1932 Ford custom roadster.

Indeed, this street rod seems like a superb rendition of a classic highboy Deuce, known as the Texas Playboy and good enough to earn a full writeup in the acclaimed Rodder’s Journal, a publication that celebrates 4-wheeled custom artwork.

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There are some big names in Texas custom cars behind this roadster, which was designed and built by Brian Bass of Bass Kustom of Dallas; Bass is part of the TV team Fast N’ Loud on Discovery.  The interior was done at Fat Lucky’s in Austin and the engine was done by Eric Carter in Azle, Texas. 

“We could write pages upon pages of all the quality workmanship in the car and even still know we will leave something out,” says the seller, an Arlington, Texas, dealer advertising the car on ClassicCars.com.

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The ad includes a comprehensive listing of what all went into this build, which the dealer notes “wasn’t meant to be a modern-style hot rod but one that pays homage to the style of car customizations back in the ’50s.”

Under the hood is a custom-built 1957 Chevrolet 283cid V8 fed by triple Strombergs and constructed using a host of specialized parts, which are listed in the ad.  The engine is backed by a 1939 3-speed manual transmission.  How cool is that?

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Everything about this car, which started with a steel body by Brookville Roadster, has been done with the expertise and top-drawer ingredients of which most of us can only dream.

“When you start to look at all of the different components that went into this build, it becomes clear how well this car was thought out,” the seller says. “It isn’t a case of just pulling out a catalogue and ordering parts. An obvious effort was made to make every single piece on it something that you could have available in the ’50s.

“It is such a well-designed car and the hours that went into it is something we couldn’t even estimate.”

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The asking price is $95,000 for this beautiful classic roadster, which undoubtedly cost much more to build in parts and labor. 

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

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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.

9 COMMENTS

  1. It needs a Raccoon Tail on an antenna……LOL………..That’s a 50’s Roadster….
    Just having fun with you guys. A beautiful build.

  2. REALLY Old School … REALLY!

    This is what I used to see in magazines like ‘Hot Rod’ and ‘Car Craft’ back in the 50s.
    Small V-8 matched with a 3-gear manual transmission.
    You fellows nailed it, for sure. Excellent job, congratulations.

    Not like today – stovebolt/bowtie crate motor hooked to a slushbox. Because most people can’t drive a manual transmission anymore!

  3. We can’t run cars on the road in Canada if it has no fenders. The entire tire must be covered. Even Jeeps with tires sticking outside the fender can be fined.

  4. Very slick looking street rod, never owned anything older 1940 but like most of the older Fords. Would prefer a Ford engine, but that’s just me ( Ford in a Ford, Chevy in a Chevy ) I guess I’m kind odd in that respect.

  5. A dream of mine when I was 18 yrs old, now I am driving a 1950 Packard with a rather large engine and automatic transmission In the old days, you had to have 400 cubic inches to get respect at least.

  6. Nice car back in the 50s I just sold one like this only it was a brookville roster had a nice j
    Flathead 5 speed standard 12 volt rack steering alt cycle front fenders ,beauty rings. Ioved the car but now I have a 1941 2 dr sdn with a 1953 olds rocket engine and a 5 speed trans.i also have a nice 1947 mercury conv love it flathead

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