The DeForest ’31 Roadster

The DeForest ’31 Roadster

Only a precious number of the hot rods built in the 50s and early 60s were what I would consider a ‘triple-crown’ car: Well-engineered, well-designing and tastefully done overall. The ones that were really done right usually come to mind immediately as the best of the best. Looking through old Hot Rod issues, I just found Gary DeForest’s ’31 Roadster and find myself surprised I’ve never seen or heard of this car before. I don’t need to quote the entire article for you since I’ve scanned it below, but see for yourself. Look at the elegant details in the bodywork, with rounded front fenders, filled seams, widened rear fenders and the right amount of shaving. Check out that tasteful interior with simple bucket seats, custom dash, floor mounted e-brake and a ’57 Pontiac steering wheel. Now count up the subtle custom touches like the hand build grille, tiny hood scoop and smooth rolled rear pan… It’s a pretty darn nice little roadster all the way around, no? My only burning question is, “Where is this baby now?”

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