Iron Don’s Bowtie

Iron Don’s Bowtie

As someone who is always thinking about early Fords, it’s nice to switch things up every once in a while. Whether it’s on the street, at a show, or on the track, I love seeing non-Fords built up in hot rod style. They’re a little something different, and they add a whole lot of variety to the world of vintage tin.

This week, I have those cars on the brain. That’s why I was drawn to this particular 1934 Chevy five-window. Posted by a gentleman by the name of Chicago Chris, there’s a bit of background that comes along with it.

“Another great pic from the past,” he wrote. “Iron Don racing his ’34 Chevy coupe Gasser from Chicago, mid-’60s.”

It’s immediately clear that the car was very well built and nicely maintained, from the nose-up stance and injected Oldsmobile to the metallic blue-green paint and matching Plexiglas windows. I love the details: the white headers, white roll bar, and deep-dish steelies wrapped in slicks. My favorite part, however, is the lack of lettering. No name. No decals. Nothing.

With the stock sheetmetal (or faithful fiberglass replicas) and uninterrupted paintwork, the car reminds me of Harry Luzader’s ’32 Ford five-window. I wouldn’t change a thing. Iron Don had things figured out. I wonder what he built next?

Joey Ukrop

 Photo from the Chicago Chris collection

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