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Forget the fact there are more than 5,000 man-hours in this ’32 Ford Roadster, and that it’s almost entirely scratch-built. Ignore the utterly insane details like the 2,000-plus, hand-tailored, stainless ARP fasteners individually modified for length, head height, and shoulder diameter, and hand-polished at both ends. You can even disregard the wickedly intricate, one-off torsion-bar suspension that was completely handmade. In fact, you’d even be forgiven for discounting the intricate finish work on the engine and undercarriage that’s as detailed as the real estate above ground. Why? Because the story behind this forgotten relic turned America’s Most Beautiful Roadster contender is as colorful as the car itself.
As with most biographies, this one isn’t without tragedy, irony, or, ultimately, a happy ending. Let’s start where the good guy gets the break and the skeptics are left to suck eggs. The year was 2007, and a handful of pessimistic gearheads in Northern California unknowingly blew it, big time. The Craigslist ad read, “’32 Ford roadster body, partial frame and parts…asking $1,500 obo.” At that point in this ’32 Ford’s past, owner Nancy Garcia was looking to part ways with her husband’s roadster after his untimely passing. All Garcia got in response was a stack of rude emails and a handful of salty calls assuring her that the ’32 Ford couldn’t possibly be legit for the asking price. Unable to practically give it away, Garcia left the aged relic to continue its decay in her damp, underground San Francisco garage.
Months later, Garcia advertised the rest of the cluttered garage contents figuring if nobody wanted the roadster, at least someone might want the rest of the lot. A used Datsun 240Z motor included in the ad drew Bay Area rodder Robert Neumann to the garage, but the silhouette of a roadster buried among the rubble quickly overshadowed the ratty straight-six. There, under a dim overhead light, was the body of a modified ’32 Ford roadster teetering on its firewall. Next to the weathered sheetmetal were the remains of a homemade frame and a pile of miscellaneous parts. Ecstatic at the find, Neumann shared his hidden treasure with Paul Shaughnessy of New Metal Kustomz, who just happened to be looking for a ’60s-era project.
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It took nearly a year of persistence, but Garcia finally relinquished her husband’s forgotten relic to Shaughnessy under two conditions: that it would remain in the Bay Area and eventually be restored to its former glory.
Nearly a half-decade after buying the Deuce, Shaughnessy held true to his word and reinvented ’32, which was unveiled at the ’12 Grand National Roadster Show (GNRS), exactly 50 years after its first appearance at the vaunted GNRS in Oakland. Yup, as Shaughnessy quickly discovered five years prior, this ’32 Ford has a history so unique that a story like this only comes but once in a lifetime
When the remains of the roadster arrived at New Metal Kustomz in late 2007, the only leads the guys had were some spotty stories from Nancy Garcia and the painted Sylvester II logos flanking the cowl. It took months of digging, but just enough information surfaced to draw a faint line into this roadster’s past. Former owners were contacted, and word traveled across the wire that Sylvester had resurfaced after lying dormant for nearly 40 years. Piece-by-piece, the broken timeline was reassembled.
The story is spotty at times, but it goes something like this: The ’32 Ford body was purchased by Gaylord Scrievers in 1955 with the doors and decklid already welded shut and molded. Although it was previously modified, its stock frame and hideous rollbar hardly resembled the red roadster Scrievers would soon construct. He fabricated a tube frame, installed a new ’56 Buick nailhead and transmission, and followed up with a coat of candy-apple-red paint. The fiery hue was hot, but the ensemble wasn’t finished until a coworker brushed the Sylvester II logos onto the cowls–an ode to Scrievers’ favorite cartoon, Sylvester the Cat. Although the roadster’s first rendition (before Scrievers’ owned it) was never referred to as Sylvester, he nonetheless dubbed his revamp the successor.
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