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AutoHunter Spotlight: 1932 Ford Highboy Roadster

With a five-speed manual, no less!

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Featured on AutoHunter, the online auction platform driven by ClassicCars.com, is this 406-powered 1932 Ford Highboy roadster. Reportedly built by Dick Grace, this Wescott fiberglass-bodied hot rod is powered by a fuel-injected Chevrolet 406cid V8 backed by a Doug Nash five-speed manual transmission. Features include drilled Pete & Jakes I-beam front axle, Halibrand quick-change rear axle, and plenty more. Finished in yellow with flame accents over a tan vinyl interior, this Ford will come with a clear title.

The fiberglass body is finished in yellow with orange flames. Features include hand-bent custom chrome bumpers that reportedly cost $4,000, polished stainless steel Dan Fink grille, chrome mirror caps, windshield frame, and chrome roll bar, flip-up LeMans fuel cap, hinged trunk lid, and teardrop taillights. A walk-around video can be seen below.

A set of polished aluminum Halibrand-style spoked (front) and slotted (rear) wheels are wrapped in radial tires.

The cabin is fitted with a custom interior upholstered in tan vinyl. Features include manual steering, polished steering column, floor-mounted transmission shifter, polished aluminum sprint car steering wheel with tan rim, and body-colored dashboard with custom pinstriping. An Optima Redtop battery and the fuel tank are located in a hidden compartment in the upholstered trunk.

A Champion polished, finned aluminum panel host a set of Moon gauges that include a 120-mph speedometer and readouts for the fuel level, coolant temperature, oil pressure, and voltage. A Moon 8,000-rpm tachometer is mounted on the steering column. The odometer reads 5,783 miles, but the true mileage on this vehicle is unknown.

Power is provided by a Chevrolet 406 small-block topped by an Edelbrock electronic fuel injection system. Shifting is handled by a Doug Nash five-speed manual. Engine bay features include polished aluminum valve covers, custom air intake tube, chrome alternator, and ceramic-coated block-hugger headers.

The body-color aftermarket chassis has been modified to accept a chrome-drilled Pete & Jakes I-beam front axle mounted with a chrome four-bar setup; out back, a solid Halibrand quick-change rear axle is mounted with a chrome four-bar arrangement. Braking is provided by manual front discs and rear drums.

The auction for this 1932 Ford Highboy roadster ends Wednesday, December 6, 2023, at 12:15 p.m. (MST)

Visit the AutoHunter listing for more information and photo gallery

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Diego Rosenberg
Diego Rosenberg
Lead Writer Diego Rosenberg is a native of Wilmington, Delaware and Princeton, New Jersey, giving him plenty of exposure to the charms of Carlisle and Englishtown. Though his first love is Citroen, he fell for muscle cars after being seduced by 1950s finned flyers—in fact, he’s written two books on American muscle. But please don’t think there is a strong American bias because foreign weirdness is never far from his heart. With a penchant for underground music from the 1960-70s, Diego and his family reside in the Southwest.

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