Get Your Kicks Out of This 1934 Ford Hotrod Hillclimb Racer
1934 Fords weren’t exactly known for their racing prowess. Rather, they were the people’s car, and besides hot-rodding, they never really weren’t meant to go all that fast. That however, didn’t stop Alexis du Pont.
Alexis was the heir to the du Pont family fortune, and was a true racing driver. Throughout most of his racing career, Alexis drove lightweight Mini Coopers that had Norton motorcycle engines fitted. He also held the lap record at Lime Rock for quite a number of years, and finished in the top three in races around the country.
Then, in 1957, Alexis bought a 1934 Ford. The chassis and body are original to the car, but he added a flathead V8 engine coupled to a three-speed manual transmission. He also added twin Stromberg carbs, a custom exhaust, and a SCoT supercharger all so he could go and race in hillclimb competitions.
Everything is period correct, and the car has a documented SCCA race history. What’s better is that it’s coming up for auction next week.
According to Bonhams, who is handling the auction, the car is estimated to go for around $20,000-$30,000, which personally seems super low for the history and badassness that this car has.