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Old 11-12-2008, 10:32 AM   #1
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Default The Niekamp Roadster

At a time when most hot rodders were young men in their teens, Bill Niekamp was in his mid-40's when he built his famous roadster. He did so without a torch or a welder and with only basic hand tools. It took him 13 months and $1,900 (a ton of money...

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Old 11-12-2008, 10:39 AM   #2
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Old 11-12-2008, 10:43 AM   #3
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an excelent car well worth a 2nd (or millionth) look

i wish it would get "another" restoration back to how it looked when first built

one of my favorite cars of the later 40's-early 50's
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Old 11-12-2008, 10:43 AM   #4
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Nice Piece! Thanks
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Old 11-12-2008, 10:54 AM   #5
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Always has been and will always be one of my favorite roadsters. It seems like it is one of the first cars built to not only go fast but look nice as well.

Neat article on HowStuffWorks about it:
http://auto.howstuffworks.com/niekam...er-hot-rod.htm

Some pics from the Petersen vault



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Old 11-12-2008, 10:55 AM   #6
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This car is absolutely stunning but I prefer to look at in Black & White pics as I do not care for that paint color at all. I really shouldn't even say anything because it's....well the Niekamp roadster and that is like saying something negative about the Doan Spencer roadster. You should keep you mouth shut, but I can't. That color always makes me not dwell on the car for very long. If this car was shot with the same paint as let say the Navarro roadster I may put it on my all time top three list. I had to get that out. The construction and purpose that makes up this car is untouchable. That is the reason I love this car and that is the reason I love Hot rods.
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Old 11-12-2008, 11:02 AM   #7
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The Petersen vault, has better car there than up stairs.To bad to see a car like that and others just sit there and die..............................
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Old 11-12-2008, 11:04 AM   #8
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OK Megan, I know you're a pretty crafty lady, but how did you take 2 photos of the Niekamp roadster with the same Hot Rod Mag #1 cover car clone '27 roadster on both sides of it?
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Old 11-12-2008, 11:06 AM   #9
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That thing is one clean ride.
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Old 11-12-2008, 11:08 AM   #10
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A truly beautiful machine. Whitey did some amazing metal work, but it took Niekamp to have that spectacular vision. Really is one of the best.
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Old 11-12-2008, 11:13 AM   #11
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The Petersen vault, has better car there than up stairs.To bad to see a car like that and others just sit there and die..............................

lat time i was at the Pete (couple of months ago) the Niekamp roadster was upstairs on display with the outlaw, Buttera's '26 some other Jacobs cars too...
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Old 11-12-2008, 11:14 AM   #12
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I've always liked that roadster - was actually just studying photos of it this past weekend. Ideas, ideas! Great car...

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Old 11-12-2008, 11:18 AM   #13
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Hands down, my absolute favorite early hot rod. I'd give damn near anything for that car. An incredible inspiration....

Seeing it at the Petersen museum was like standing next to the statue of liberty or the declaration of independence or something.



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Old 11-12-2008, 11:28 AM   #14
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Default Re: The Niekamp Roadster

The sort of sad things about cars like this is that they are so perfect I would want to build one identical but then I would just be copying someone else vision. I don't think having a identical car would be very fun in that respect.
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Old 11-12-2008, 11:30 AM   #15
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Default Re: The Niekamp Roadster

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OK Megan, I know you're a pretty crafty lady, but how did you take 2 photos of the Niekamp roadster with the same Hot Rod Mag #1 cover car clone '27 roadster on both sides of it?


woah!

That totally blew my mind...
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Old 11-12-2008, 11:31 AM   #16
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Here it is in all its 1970's glory:


@ the 25th Grand National Roadster Show - Oakland Coliseum - 1973

... it looked good ... but I'm sure glad Jake restored it to its 1950 configuration.

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Old 11-12-2008, 11:34 AM   #17
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Here it is in all its 1970's glory:


@ the 25th Annual Grand National Roadster Show - Oakland Coliseum - 1973

... it looked good ... but I'm sure glad Jake restored it to its 1950 configuration.
I like the original better.
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Old 11-12-2008, 11:36 AM   #18
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One Hell of A craftsman!!!
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Old 11-12-2008, 11:39 AM   #19
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that is one slick roadster!
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Old 11-12-2008, 11:45 AM   #20
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OK Megan, I know you're a pretty crafty lady, but how did you take 2 photos of the Niekamp roadster with the same Hot Rod Mag #1 cover car clone '27 roadster on both sides of it?
Rich ... Didn't you know? ... Roy Brizio's crew built a total of 15 clones ... I hear he got a good deal on Poli-Form fiberglass '27 bodies!
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