There are few more iconic cars in recent pop culture than John Milner's 1932 Ford 5-window coupe from American Graffiti. First there is the fact that it was the more unusual 5-window body style, and second, it was a traditional rod that perfect fit the era of the film. While not necessarily a replica of the Milner coupe, this beautifully finished and incredibly potent '32 5-window coupe is built in the same style, with traditional cues and components along with a few 21st century tricks.
Even from a distance, the detailing on this rod will blow you away. It's rare to find one as well finished as this one that doesn't cost well into six-figures, and there's no question that this one cost more than the asking price to build. You'll quickly notice details like the subtly chopped top, the steel wheels to give it a bare-bones vintage look, and the side pipes that sound absolutely amazing. Get a little closer and you'll discover that the bright 1978 Mustang orange paint has been applied over laser straight bodywork that probably took someone hundreds of hours to perfect. The body is actually from Downs Fiberglass, which, as you undoubtedly know, is one of the top manufacturers in the industry. Panel gaps are good, and the doors open and close with a solid feeling that even some steel cars can't duplicate. A '32 grille stands proudly up front with a stainless insert, flanked by a pair of King Bee-style headlights mounted low for that ultra traditional look. Other details include a chrome spreader bar up front, a pair of peep mirrors, original style door handles, and a pair of '39 Ford taillights that have been popular with rodders since, well, 1939.
The interior is absolutely spectacular and every bit a match for the beautifully crafted body. Custom stitched in orange and tan vinyl over a deeply contoured bench seat, this is an interior you're going to want to show off. The vintage-looking details don't stop here, ranging from the billet aluminum gauge insert with the original V8 emblem machined into it to the Moon tach mounted on the steering column behind a banjo-style steering wheel. And yes, there are three pedals on the floor-this rod packs an honest-to-goodness Muncie 4-speed manual topped by a Hurst shifter and cue ball knob. There's even a built-in cup holder mounted below the dash, so you can cruise in comfort.
The engine is a 383 with 4-bolt mains that has been augmented by a crank from a 400, and topped by a set of 882 heads. Everything inside the block has been modified for reliability, from an enlarged rear main bearing oil port for improved circulation to the bearings, to bronze valve guides and Z/28 valve springs up top. Reconditioned rods with ARP hardware are topped by a set of flat top pistons, yet it still remains street friendly on pump gas. A Lunati camshaft actuates the valves thanks to a set of full roller rockers and a double roller timing chain. Up top, a Holley 770 CFM Street Avenger carburetor sits atop an Edelbrock Air Gap intake, and is fed through a big scoop that doubles as an air cleaner. Long tube headers dump directly into the sidepipes, and the result is a fast-revving small block that makes big block torque and sounds like a million bucks.
The frame is an original 1932 Ford piece that has been boxed and reinforced to cope with all the power coming from the 383 cubic inch small block up front. Bathed in more of that beautiful Mustang Orange paint, the engine and chassis are exceptionally well detailed and you'd never know that this car has 2600 miles on the clock. Out back, a Ford 9-inch rear packs highway-friendly 3.00 gears, which are really all you need in a lightweight package like this. A Pete & Jake's front suspension with disc brakes upgrades the performance without being too modern in appearance. You'll also notice a cool disc-type emergency brake mounted on the pinion yoke. Rolling stock is a set of traditional-looking steelies wearing 185/65/15 front and positively massive 29x15.5x15LT rear tires for the perfect stance.
This car probably cost twice the asking price to build, and there's just no way you could duplicate it at this number, even if you did all the work yourself. With a traditional look and modern performance, it's a great summer cruiser with a lot of power and performance. Roll up your sleeves, hang your arm out the window, and head out hunting for shoebox Chevys. A terrific car with a lot of beautiful details at a great price. Call now!
This vehicle is located in our Atlanta, GA showroom. For more information, please call (678) 279-1609 or toll free (877) 367-1835.