The California sun smiled on a 1933 Ford Roadster from Andice, Texas at the 27th Annual Goodguys Flowmaster West Coast Nationals this past August. The pristine work of art was named as America’s Most Beautiful Street Rod for 2013. Each year this event, held in Pleasanton, California, draws custom cars from all over the country to compete for some of the most coveted titles in the classic and show car world. Most of the entries in this event are more works of art than just automobiles and have taken in some cases, years of patience, hard work, money and a love for a classic vehicle. The proud owners of “Pretty Penny” spent almost two years building their masterpiece, and brought their special combination of Ford love and Texas pride to California to bring home a win.
Taking the Ford from back burner to top shelf
“Pretty Penny” was not always as admired as she is today. Owners Harold and Tracy Chapman rescued the 1933 Ford Roadster in 2011 after ten years of it being moved from shop to shop, with none of them ever completing her. The Chapman’s are owners of Customs & Hot Rods of Andice, Texas, located outside of Austin, and specialize in transforming old relics into restored works of art. The 1933 Ford took almost two years to complete, but for the Chapman’s, has paid off with a list of awards. In addition to the latest title, “Pretty Penny” was also named “Best Rod” at the Detroit AutoRama, and was in the top five finalists for America’s Most Beautiful Roadster in the Goodguys Street Rod d’Elegance and Goodguys Street Rod of the Year competitions. This is the equivalent of winning the Miss America Pageant of the automotive world.
What it takes to make an old penny shine like new again
Harold put a lot of work in to this old girl to make her shine like new, this cooper-toned 1933 Ford Roadster has been heavily modified from its original shape, starting with a roof that was moved backward an inch and a half and rebuilt with over 100 custom machined parts. Chapman also reworked the interior, making the wraparound dash two inches taller than stock and included a Studebaker gauge cluster customized just for the Ford. A custom bench seat created by Chapman’s in-house trimmer, Jay Schuler, who stitched the custom-pleated leather. As the old saying goes, true beauty is what is on the inside, and in this case, this could not be truer. Harold’s team fitted “Pretty Penny” with a Roush Racing 427 Ford V8 engine along with a custom designed TWN injection system and performance AFR heads. A mirror carefully positioned to show the roadsters underside shows off a boxed and dimpled frame with all aluminum components and a dropped axle assembly. Wilwood rear disc brakes and modified So-Cal Faux Brakes up front round out the long list of high-performance parts that brought 2013 technology to 1933 style. To complete the look of “Pretty Penny”, bronze-coated wheels designed by Jimmy Smith were the final addition to this beautiful car.
Where to get your new look
While “Pretty Penny” is a one-of-a-kind customized roadster that took years of work to shine like new again, you too can change your look and take home a shiny, beautiful new car from Sames Ford, Texas’ Oldest Dealership. Sames has the same pride to serve the people of Texas as the Chapman’s have to represent their great state. We have a great selection of new Ford, certified pre-owned and used cars, trucks and SUVs to choose from. We invite you to come to 4721 Ayers St, Corpus Christi, TX and take a test drive. We thank you for choosing Sames Ford and hope to see you soon!