Harold and Tracy Chapman’s “Pretty Penny” 1933 Ford roadster was named Goodguy 2013 Flowmaster “America’s Most Beautiful Street Rod” at the 27th West Coast Nationals Aug. 23-25th.
Harold of Customs & Hot Rods, Andice, TX did a major modifying job on the copper-toned car at in his in-house fabrication shop, moving it back 1-1.2,” and made the custom wraparound dash two inches taller than stock and filled it with a “flipped” Studebaker gauge cluster with custom internals manufactured by Classic instruments. Other features include a wheel and column-mounted tach from Greening Auto, while “Pretty Penny’s” underside was fitted with a “boxed and dimpled frame, a one-off aluminum hairpin and dropped axle assembly and a full custom four-link rear with a Currie Enterprises rear end,” as well as modified So-Cal Faux Brakes. Its bronze-coated wheels were designed by Jimmy Smith and machined by Evod Industries.
Hidden under the hood is a Roush 427 Ford engine along with a “custom-scooped TWN injection system and AFR heads,” added Goodguys.
Last, but not least, Jay Schuler, Chapman's in-house trimmer, created the bench seat and stitched the custom-pleated leather.
In addition to its proclamation as “America’s Most Beautiful Street Rod, the roadster was designated “Best Rod” at the Detroit AutoRama and was a top five finalist for numerous other major awards this season, including Goodguys Street Rod d’Elegance and Street Rod of the Year.
The other finalists for the Goodguys 2013 Flowmaster America’s Most Beautiful Street Rod included Denny Olson’s 1934 Dodge pick-up from Enumclaw, WA; a 1937 Ford owned by Caryn Gulas of Austin, TX; a 1938 Ford from George Sepulveda of Lake Havasu, AZ; and Ron Cizek’s 1940 Ford from Bennington, NE.
The Chapmans are expected to join Goodguys Street Rod of the Year winner Ron Cizek and Ridler-winning Andy Leach and other high profile cars such as George Poteet’s ’69 Torino, on the 2,000-mile Goodguys Texas Road Tour which heads from Pleasanton to Ft. Worth, TX September 27-October 3. For more info. check out https://www.good-guys.com/goodguys-road-tour