This 1931 Roadster Pickup is the Perfect Street Rod – Except for One Thing
Perfection is one of the most subjective words in the English language, especially when it comes to cars. What you might consider as the “perfect” car, another might lament as tasteless junk. It’s all a matter of opinion, of course, but we can all find some middle ground in some cases.
If you’re into street rods, it’s hard to find a lot of fault with this beautiful 1931 Model A pickup. A first place division winner at last year’s Detroit Autorama, it has the look and feel of a proper vintage street rod. It’s a highly polished jewel of a truck that you just want to sit and stare at.
All the requisite details are there – a ’32 nose, steel body, pin striping, perfect chrome, boxed frame, and whitewalls on old school chrome wheels. The interior features some unique woodwork that blends well with the simple, classy, and clean stitching.
So what, you may ask, is wrong with this beautiful example of an early Ford? The problem rests under the hood, where a Ford flathead V8 would have been the proper choice of motivation. Instead, the owner decided to go the mainstream (blasphemous) route and install a small block Chevy.
It’s a real shame that they went such an unoriginal route on such an original car. The high end street rod scene is full of ’32 roadsters, with few trucks to be found. This was a perfect opportunity to go against the grain, yet it comes up just a tiny bit short.
So do this ’31 a favor and buy it, then rip out that Chevy and replace it with a flathead. Put 3-4 carbs on that bad boy, polish it up, and revel in the fact that you perfected a car just short of perfection.
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