Any moto enthusiast who’s jaw doesn’t drop when seeing this masterpiece must have something seriously wrong with them, purist or not.
The 1932 Ford three-window coupe is one of the most iconic platforms in the world of Hotrods. They give the prospective builder so many options when it comes to the design. More times than not, you’ll see them slammed to the ground with big fat back tires and a big American V8 sticking up out of the hood. That is if there’s a hood at all. The possibilities are endless when it comes to the end result. This particular ’32 Ford is a prime example of what can happen when a builder lets his imagination run wild with no regard towards automotive faux-pas.
In the eyes of a purist, there are a few faux pas worthing mentioning on this stunningly badass, one of a kind vehicle. The most significant, however, is the one you’ll notice when you look at what’s under the hood, or rather what sits in the engine bay. Hot Rod purists would expect to see a massive American V8, however as you can see that is not the case here. Instead, there sits a relatively small 3.0L Ferrari V8!
Exactly which Ferrari V8 is unclear but it appears to be either the Tipo F105L that once powered the Lancia Thema 8.32, or the same V8 that once powered the Ferrari 308 and Ferrari Quattrovalvole. The main difference between the two is one features a cross-plane crank and the other a flat plane crank. Either way, it’s a badass motor just as it sits. But as you can see, this one is extra badass because there happen to be twin Turbonetics turbochargers strapped to it and the end result is a frame twisting 950hp.
Not only will Hot Rod purists have a problem with this but Ferrari purists will too, for two good reasons. One is the fact that this iconic Italian engine sits in an American Hot Rod, and the second being those two aesthetically pleasing turbos sitting above the headlights. However, as far as I’m concerned, any moto enthusiast who’s jaw doesn’t drop when seeing this masterpiece must have something seriously wrong with them, purist or not.
The brainchild behind this wild creation is Alan Lee and according to reports, he started with a fiberglass ’32 Ford three-door body on a boxed Model A frame. What made him decide to use the heart of a prancing pony to provide the oomph is unclear, but that’s not really relevant because the fact is, he did, and it was clearly a brilliant choice. As good as it looks, Lee wanted it to perform equally as well, hence the 950hp monster sitting in the engine bay. These old Ford’s may look good, but performance and handling wasn’t their strong suit. So Lee decided to upgrade the suspension system by installing an independent setup in the rear and a drop axle up front with KW Suspension Race Shocks on all four corners.
To ensure he had as much traction as possible, something very important with that much power on tap, Lee opted for Achilles racing slicks with hopes that would help him stay connected to the road. And they look fantastic wrapped around the 18-inch wheels designed in-house by Lee himself. When it comes to slowing the old girl down, Lee had no choice other than upgrading the drum brakes and replace them with high-performance disc brakes with 4 piston calipers. In an attempt to keep somewhat of the stock look, he came up with a clever way to hide those discs behind the old school drums.
Other upgrades include a high capacity aluminum radiator is located in the trunk, power windows, pop up doors, and a set of Mishimoto intercoolers situated behind the steel front grill. To keep the driver safe, bucket seats fitted with 5-point racing harnesses were installed, as well as a full race-ready roll cage in the event of a worst-case scenario. Which hopefully never happens because it would be an absolute shame for anything to happen to this beautiful machine. Cosmetically, the Ferrari powered Ford looks the part thanks to a high-quality paint job with the Vintage Flatz Satin Red. Plus the Ferrari logos scattered throughout was a nice touch that brings the whole vehicle together as far as I’m concerned.
As if all that wasn’t appealing enough, Lee also decided to install a Tremec 6-speed manual transmission and a race-ready clutch. And I haven’t even gotten to the best part yet! This magnificent machine is currently up for sale on the James Edition website. The asking price, a measly $250,000 as of right now, but we can only assume that it will quickly stir up a bidding war and it will sell for more than that. But that is yet to be determined. Regardless of that, there is nothing else like it and if you were lucky enough to get your hands on it you would surely turn heads everywhere you went. Plus, with 950hp and that lightweight body, you’ll easily smoke just about anything that was dumb enough to try and race against it.