It may not look it, but this custom creation started life as a 1937 Ford! It was built by Reno and Roy Peretto during the late forties. The body was hand rolled and the engine came from a ’46 Mercury. A Chevy donated a few trim parts and the end result looked more like a production car than something hodge-podged together from junkyard bits. After paint and upholstery, the car was entered in the 1951 Oakland Roadster Show where it apparently won its class! It was entered in a few other shows, but then was lost for a while until it showed up at an estate sale. Supposedly the current owner purchased it from the guy who found it and they claim to have paid $25k. They are now trying to sell it here on craigslist for $29,000.
As with any car listed for sale online, interested parties will want to do your own due diligence before sending any cash. The previous owner had attempted to sell the car a few times in the past, but their eBay listings always suffered from a lack of decent photos. The current owner has attempted to sell it a few times on the auction site too with no success. A detailed story was written here on Custom Car Chronicle that does fill in some of the gaps. At some point a different grill was molded in, but the original is with the car. The history here does make the car interesting and I could see an old hot rodder wanting it for their collection. A large gallery of photos can be viewed here. If you’re really interested though, your best bet would be to head over to Ocala, Florida and inspect the car in-person.
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