This 1932 Ford Roadster was originally built by Darrell Mayabb, a celebrity in the hot rod community. He is considered as one of the best American hot rodder. Throughout his carrer, he has been featured in most major street rod and hot rod magazines such as Hot Rod, Rod & Custom, Street Rodder, etc. In 1999, Mayabb was awarded by Hot Rod Magazine with the Stroker McGurk Award. In 2006, he was added to the National Rod and Custom Car Hall of Fame. Mayabb is a true hot roding master.
Mayabb together with his friends built this Ford roadster that span about 10 years. They started the build around the late ‘80s. “While my children were in college there wasn’t enough money to restore the hot rod and pay for my children’s education. I made a pact with myself that when I finished the roadster I would drive it to the L.A. Roadsters Father’s Day Run and have a picture taken of myself on the Pacific Coast Highway. I accomplished this in 1999,” Mayabb said. In 2007, he was featured in the PPG Calendar, it was a self-portrait Mayabb took together with his 1932 Ford Roadster when he achieved his goal.
In March 2006, Mayabb sold this roadster to Canepa. This hot rod then received a complete bare-chassis restoration. The blue with yellow finish done by Mayabb in the 80s was replaced by its current glossy black finish. Sid Chavers also updated the interior with cashmere calf leather finished in custom rust. Chavers also added one of his signature roadster tops.
This Ford roadster is powered by a Chevy 350 ci V8 engine that was rebuilt by Tony Oddo, a famous NASCAR engine builder. The body was then treated with hours of buffing to bring out a mirror shine finish. Sherms Custom Plating did all of the plating. Real Ralph did the stripping.
All of its mechanical parts have been taken apart, rebuilt, and updated, including the brakes, suspension, and the engine bay. Every works perfectly and has been fine tuned to provide a very smooth driving experience. A fresh wiring loom was installed to all of the freshly added gauges, all of them are in working condition. A total of more than 200 man-hours was needed to completely restore this roadster and more than $185,000 was spent during the build.
The Chevy 350 is connected to a Turbo 700R4 automatic transmission. It rides on steel reversed rims that have 1948 Ford pickup hubcaps and measuring 14×6 for the front and 15×10 for the rear. This 1932 roadster is a very beautiful example that has been under the care of a famous collector from Seattle for the last 8 years. Since it was restored by Canepa, this roadster has only been driven over 271 miles.
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