Inspiration… Part 3.
In 2006, I wrote a couple of posts (Part 1 & 2) dedicated to finding inspiration outside of the traditional hot rod and custom world. As popular as both posts seemed to be, I must admit – I wrote them for purely selfish reasons. I have a passion for all things old and mechanical and sometimes it’s just downright fun to study a car from outside our genre of Americana. This, is one of those times…
What you see in these images is a 1957 Ferrari 250 TR. It’s getting ready to go up for auction in Maranello sometime soon. I have no idea what it’s worth and frankly, don’t care. Just assume it’s unobtainium and get passed it. Now, look at the car.
The instant I laid eyes on the Italian beast, I (for some entirely irrational reason I’m sure) thought of the Doane Spencer roadster. It’s incredibly enginneered, over detailed, glossy as hell, and just as fast. And, of course, that notion lead to another and before I knew it I was mentally building my own deuce highboy inspired by the vintage prancing horse.
To my admittedly sick eye, it’s not that far of a reach. Imagine a perfectly proportioned ’32 roadster in wet black with a Ferrari red grille shell outlined in thick white. Now, throw on a Hallock, some magnesium painted KH bent spokes, black exhaust, maybe a riveted and raw aluminum hood bubble, and… well, you get the point. This car has ideas man. Follow along: