Believe it or not they actually did, it still exists and will be auctioned at Mecum soon!
Read Daniel Strohl’s article here at Hemmings
More details on the Bonneville effort can be found here
As those of you who are kind enough to reads this blog will know I’m an early Ford history buff, so of course this article from Daniel Strohl as Hemmings was right in my wheelhouse!
The punch bowl that formed the winning prize in the famous Detroit Driving Club hosted race won by Henry Ford in 1901 has been missing since around 1951 after the death of Clara Ford in 1950 when it sold for $70.
As the story goes, back in 1944, a guy with a quick quarter horse won countless bets challenging hot cars to a race. This roadster, however, had a reputation as the quickest car in the San Fernando Valley. With Pete Henderson behind the wheel, in a specially staged race held in La Habra, and witnessed by a large crowd, including speed equipment gurus Vic Edelbrock Sr., Ed Winfield, and Phil Weiand, this deuce was the only car that ever won. Ernie McAfee took a famous grainy photo showing the roadster edging out the horse. Noted hot rod racer Ak Miller and writer Gray Baskerville always said they could trace the origins of ¼-mile drag racing to that famous contest.
The full listing can be found here
An excellent article from Kurt Ernst at Hemmings
Up for auction is the mobile base of travelling marine supply salesman J.M. Keely.
The rig consists of a 1931 Ford Model A De Luxe Coupe and custom trailer
This is a fascinating glimpse into the past and the life of a travelling salesman, I’m assuming he wasn’t ever in a hurry? 🙂
You can read the story here
The auction listing is here
Expected to raise between $100,000 – $150,000
Nice roadster for sale by auction at The Pavilion Gardens Buxton Auction Feb 24th 2016 Lot number 3046
From Barrett-Jackson full Lot listing here
Henry Ford built and displayed this 1940 Ford Cutaway Chassis to show the wonder of working parts and the new-to-1940 features, such as a manual shift on the column. The cutaway areas show interior details of the all-chromed V8 engine, brakes, transmission, differential and more. It was built for the Ford Pavilion display at the 1939 New York World’s Fair, and was shown subsequently at state fairs and dealer showrooms across the U.S. In later years it was used in driver’s education departments as an educational aid. One of the elite 40 1940 Fords invited to the Grand National Roadster Show for the 75th Anniversary of the 1940 Ford.
The rodding world is buzzing about next weekend’s auction of the Paul and Chris Andrews Collection. Read more here at the The Rodders Journal