A Royal Roadster

A Royal Roadster

By the mid 50s, hot rods were fully established as part of car culture from coast to coast, nationwide. California may been the birth, but the East Coast quickly established their own look of channeled bodies and square roll bars. New York was a hotbed (Long Island in particular), and Gary Dupree’s coupe-turned-roadster was a stand out for it’s innovative ideas and superior build quality. The September 1956 issue of Rodding & Restyling chronicles the car, describing the starting point as a 1931 Ford ‘three-window coupe’ with the top removed, and channeled over ’32 rails. Among the unique design details on Dupree’s car, the curved speedboat windshield integrated into the cowl is perhaps the signature standout… It’s oddly satisfying in an early Roth sort of vibe. The interior and trunk upholstery is insanely well-executed as well, with detail not common outside of So-Cal in this time period. Read more below, and if you have any more pictures of this car or information on if it survives today, please let us know!

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