1936 Ford Roadster Custom
Sold For $168,000Inclusive of applicable buyer's fee.
RM | Sotheby's - ARIZONA 16 - 17 JANUARY 2020
- Offered on Friday
- Traditional-style hot rod with modern drivetrain and conveniences
- 406 cu. in. small-block Chevrolet engine with 700R4 transmission
- Custom-built by Joe White’s Performance of Austin, Texas
- Windshield and folding-top assembly chopped two inches
- Authentic 100 percent stock Ford steel body
The 1936 roadster is one of the most desirable of all pre-war Fords and has been one of the top choices for hot rodders for decades. This modern custom was built by noted engine builder Joe White of Joe White’s Performance in Austin, Texas. Mr. White completed every section of this roadster personally, including the engine, bodywork, paint, and the interior.
The body on this 1936 Ford is completely stock and 100 percent steel. Modifications include a two-inch chop, tinted safety-glass windshield, and convertible top. The chopped top was cleverly engineered, enabling it to still be folded easily and stored out of sight when lowered. All the exterior trim has been polished to perfection, and headlights are equipped with HID illumination.
Beautifully finished in a stunningly deep, clear-coated dark blue, the roadster rides on a custom “Roadster Shop” frame with Heidt front independent suspension and Jaguar rear independent suspension. Power is provided by a custom-built fuel-injected 406-cubic-inch Chevrolet small-block engine mated to a 700R4 automatic transmission, and aircraft-grade stainless-steel tubing is used throughout the entire car. The interior is trimmed, including the rumble-seat area, in high-quality leather. A custom reduced-diameter steering wheel and modern electrical gauges fitted to the original 1936 Ford dash hardware rest in the handsomely finished burled wood-grain dash. Power steering and brakes, as well as air-conditioning, add to the pleasurable driving of this custom Ford roadster.
Significantly upgraded with a modern drivetrain and a host of comfort and convenience items, this ’36 Ford roadster is powerful, reliable, and easy to drive, but retains the classic original appearance of its legendary design.