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Think of yourself as a ZZ Top behind the wheel of this superb hot-rod with a V8 engine

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An authentic hot-rod will soon be auctioned off via RM Sotheby’s. This vehicle, a unique piece bodied by the famous Craig Naff of Woodstock, Virginia, was a finalist for the “Great 8” prize at the Detroit Autorama Ridler Award in 2012. Naff is a recognized craftsman in the rod industry, bringing to life in particular the 1948 Cadillac “CadZZilla” from ZZ Top frontman Billy Gibbon. Painted in deep dark blue on a cognac leather interior, the classic rod that interests us here is based on a 1932 Ford Deuce Coupe. It is fitted with the most beautiful chrome Budnik wheels, with a wider tire width on the rear axle. Under the hood of this beautiful piece of craftsmanship is a Chevrolet LT1 V8 paired with an automatic transmission.

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Ford 1932 Three-Window Coupe Custom | The photos of “Retrospect”
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For generations, the 1932 Ford B served as the blank canvas for countless hot rods and other craziest preparations, often made by amateur mechanics in their garage. The low price of the Ford B produced between 1932 and 1934 provided easy access to a vehicle with a Flathead V8 engine, at the top of a range that also included four and six cylinders. On this vehicle, it was easy to prepare the V8 engine for power gain or to replace the smaller engines with a more efficient V8. The Deuce Coupe “Retrospect” pictured here is a prime example of the work that can be done on a 1932 Ford to make it sportier and sleeker.

The elegant curved wings of the rod have been reworked, they meet at the front under the imposing chrome grille with vertical stripes. Small retro style “shells”, in the theme, are displayed on the front of the doors with “suicide” opening. Once the hood is open, there is a profiled chrome cover on the V8 engine, whose exhaust manifold is directed under the body. Two tubes stand out in the trunk, devoid of bumpers at its base (as at the front) and only framed by two circular LED red lights. The finishing details are flawless, they testify to the quality of Naff’s work. It is a unique part so the price of the vehicle is difficult to estimate.

to summarize

Craig Naff is a legend in the hot-rod world, he always signs very beautiful achievements on the basis of Ford of 1932. The Deuce Coupe nicknamed “Retrospect”, completed in 2012 by the American bodybuilder, will be offered for sale shortly during auctions held in Phoenix, Arizona (USA). Finely detailed and aesthetically very successful, this rod was a finalist for the “Great 8” award at the Detroit Autorama Ridler Award in the year of its manufacture (2012). It has remained in perfect condition ever since and has driven very little.

Paul Niocel

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