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Friday, February 6, 2015

One-Off Roadster is a Morgan on a Budget


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one-off roadster morgan photo

For as long as there have been automobiles, there have also been people in sheds, barns, and garages creating their own home-built cars. More often than not, these homemade cars turn out to be a bit sketchy and a bit lacking in the styling department. This appears to do neither of those things. 

This one-off roadster is currently up for sale on eBay, and while there are a few discrepancies as to its exact specifications, it can be had for significantly less money than a similarly styled and hand-built Morgan. What do you think Interwebs, is it worth it?

homemade one off roadster photo

According to the listing, the custom car is titled as a 1935 Ford, most likely due to its six-cylinder engine that the seller notes came out of a period Ford.

 The body is all steel, while the undercarriage has been taken from a 1935 Cord, along with its suspension, brakes and parts of its running gear. The seller even lists a build video of the car, taken by the car’s designer, which causes some of the details to get a bit murky.

That video suggests the car was built atop a custom frame and utilizes a 4.1-liter Chevrolet inline six mated to a Powerglide transmission. Any engine spotters want to tell us which six-cylinder it really is?

 What isn’t up for debate is the car’s steel body, which was hand-formed piece by piece, all aside from the fenders, which reportedly came from a 1938 Ford. The car’s original design featured a pin-up bomber girl hand painted on the rear deck. We wish it were still there.

one off roadster engine photo

As far as we can tell, the Ferrari Testarossa and 456 in the background aren’t for sale, but maybe they’ll give you a package deal if you buy the roadster. All things considered, you certainly won’t see another one of these cruising around your neighborhood.