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History The Sylva Roadster

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Ryan, May 11, 2015.

  1. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 19,320

    from Austin, TX
    Staff Member

    Ryan submitted a new blog post:

    The Sylva Roadster


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  2. T&A Flathead
    Joined: Apr 28, 2007
    Posts: 1,815

    T&A Flathead

  3. flamingokid
    Joined: Jan 5, 2005
    Posts: 2,200


    My favorite,time worn phrase applies to this beauty, too."Less is more".
  4. JeffreyJames
    Joined: Jun 13, 2007
    Posts: 16,612

    from SUGAR CITY

    Always loved that car! Didn't it sell for like $60k auction??? This is my favorite era of hot rodding and this car includes just about everything that I really like about that era. Those flames....

  5. Very cool hot rod
  6. I was lucky enough to see this car in real life. If I remember right all the striping was done by Dutch. And at some time in it's life the frame was streached for the Ardun to fit, Ill have to check I know at least when you look in the motor compartment you can see the extensions. If I come across the photos today I'll add.
  7. Malcolm
    Joined: Feb 9, 2006
    Posts: 7,638

    from Nebraska

    I absolutely love this car and have high hopes of building a similar street/strip version someday...

  8. seatex
    Joined: Oct 24, 2006
    Posts: 2,660


    Gotta love the "Dr. Demento" striping.....................Relax, Ryan. Have a bottle of Leinenkugels, some braunshweiger and some Hennings cheese, and you can fart your way home! (NO open flames!)
  9. brayrod
    Joined: Dec 3, 2009
    Posts: 88


    3 5/8" bore?
  10. Tim
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 11,757

    from Raytown Mo

    Hard to see on my phone but is it mechanical injection?

    Love the short wheel base and the stripes that instead of feeling like to much lend it some great personality. Too cool
  11. I love that car ... quite the fan. SUHRsc has a close proximity racer on his threads. That style is just killer. It never goes away.
  12. Cyclone Kevin
    Joined: Apr 15, 2002
    Posts: 4,030

    Cyclone Kevin
    Alliance Vendor

    Extremely Well Proportioned T-Ster! Those guys were just ahead of the game!!!!!!!!
  13. Jeffrey - I'm guessing Ryan was quoting the $55k "Hammer Price" (i.e., what Ferguson got for it) ... vice the $60.5K that the buyer (@Legendary Lars Mapstead) paid (i.e., RM typically gets a 10% commission).

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  15. BrerHair
    Joined: Jan 30, 2007
    Posts: 4,518


    Stunningly beautiful, hard to beat a well-done tracknose T.
  16. Tim
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 11,757

    from Raytown Mo

    Oh damn! Those videos!!
  17. catdad49
    Joined: Sep 25, 2005
    Posts: 4,501


    That's one pissed little sucker right there!! Great videos, thanks. Are you stuck with someone or by your lonesome?
  18. slodat
    Joined: Aug 18, 2009
    Posts: 189


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  19. A very cool roadster, here it is in '54, dig the axle fairings

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  20. seatex
    Joined: Oct 24, 2006
    Posts: 2,660


    Thanks for the video's! Rowdy lil bastard!
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  21. wicarnut
    Joined: Oct 29, 2009
    Posts: 4,750


    Thanks ! Love the history !
  22. Jerry Rice
    Joined: Aug 25, 2010
    Posts: 54

    Jerry Rice

    This car most likely inspired the 2013 and 2012 A.M.B.R. winners.
  23. Legendary Lars
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 534

    Legendary Lars

    Still sitting in My Garage , next to the Morris Bros So Cal roadster. Also featured in hot rod Magazine in 53. 292054_10150400994906833_782266745_n.jpg 311705_10150400995056833_339043749_n.jpg 317217_10150400994481833_946781770_n.jpg
  24. Oh man ........... wOw. That's magnificent.
  25. Did anyone save the the link to when it was listed on Ebay? It had an awesome collection of photos that I forget to save.
  26. Fucker sounds good..... Angry little bastard!
  27. Legendary Lars
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 534

    Legendary Lars

    Yes the engine is very Pissed off ;)
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  28. pasadenahotrod
    Joined: Feb 13, 2007
    Posts: 11,776

    from Texas

    The car was bought by Tommy Traylor, owner of Specialized Auto Parts in Houston, Texas, sometime in the mid-late 60s. It was displayed in the counter area along with a few other cars in the old Specialized location at 301 Adams in Houston. At that time it had no engine or transmission or magnesium wheels. The exhaust pipe holes in the body for the original Ardun were welded up and holes for the Chrysler hemi drag motor were open. The pin striping on the car at that time was far less ornate and was signed "Jeffries" with a date of 57 or 58. Tommy sold it to one of his employees, Trip Parr, who kept for several years. He had several timing plates and a trophy that the car had won. (I don't know what happened to them.)
    The car was then sold to Don Ferguson in the late 70s.
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  29. HotRodMicky
    Joined: Oct 14, 2001
    Posts: 1,767


    Sounds great
    What are the specs of the engine?
    Cam etc.?

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