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1940 Pontiac Custom Convertible by Rick Dore

1940 Pontiac Custom Convertible by Rick Dore
This 1940 Pontiac was done by Hall of Fame customizer, Rick Dore. Named: "Decadance" Top chopped 3 inched Metal Lift-off carson top Nose shaved, molded the stock grille in, rolled the pan below the grille, handmade frenched headlight rings with spears molded into the tops of the fenders. Smooth and peaked center between the grille. Rounded the rear hood corners. Shaved sides and door handles, molded Zephr running boards to the body and fenders to the body. Built flush mount side skirts. Rounded rear decklid corners, shaved taillights, molded Chevy gravel pan to the body. LED taillights sunk into the bumber guards. 350 V8 with a Jet Performance automatic transmission Walter Prosper air cleaner US radiator Cool Flex Optima battery Holley car-street avenger Mooneyes valve covers Ron Francis wiring kit Hooker headers & glass packs Midwest Acorn Nut (CYE-NU chrome) T-bird front bucket seats. The console, door panels, rear seats and kick panels are all handbuilt Flaming River tilt column Dynamat sound control Specialty power windows Unkl Al solenoids House of Kolar Custom mix green and gold done in candies Stock wheels with Cadillac hubcaps Coker 225-25-15 tires Air Ride Technologies Pro Ride System suspension
by Douglas

1940 Mercury Custom Coupe by Rick Dore

1940 Mercury Custom Coupe by Rick Dore
79,750.00 USD
1940 Mercury Custom Coupe by Rick Dore RM Auctions Automobiles of Amelia Island Collector Car Auction Amelia Island, Florida March 13, 2009 AUCTION RESULTS: Lot 144 - Sold at a price of $79,750 Est. 300 hp, 327 cu. in. Chevrolet V8, 350 Turbo-Hydramatic transmission, posi-traction rear end, suspension by drop axle in front with air bags at the rear, four-wheel drum brakes. The gleaming, iridescent finish on this Mercury Custom Coupe is unmistakably the work of Rick Dore – it's his signature. Under the hood is a lusty, 327 cubic inch Chevrolet V8 linked to a 350 Turbo-Hydramatic transmission. "This was Johnny Loper's Merc," Dore says. "He owned several custom shops in the Southwest. I built it to be a driver; the new owner can take it cross-country with confidence." The project itself was inspired by Nick Matranga's severely lowered, hardtop '40 Mercury, which has long been acclaimed as a cult classic. Former Rod & Custom editor Pat Ganahl called it "the most copied custom of all time." The completed coupe was featured in a few magazines before Matranga sold it in 1952. The next owner totaled the hardtop, and it was lost forever. Premier custom craftsman Rick Dore, of Glendale, Arizona, has been elected to four Custom Car Halls of Fame and has won countless awards. Dore subtly elaborates on classic themes, enhancing them with his own blend of past and future. With the hindsight of history, and his own inspired vision, Rick Dore has created a tribute to the past that is totally contemporary and perfectly roadworthy. It currently has about 6,800 miles on the odometer. Starting with a 1940 Mercury, Dore chopped the top four inches in front and six inches in the rear, then reshaped the entire roof, creating a smooth rearward sweep. In front, he elevated the windshield's height one inch and trimmed the crown of the roof to eliminate the Matranga car's "lowered eyeshade appearance." It's perfect. The chrome sidespear was re-sculpted and seductively shortened for a cleaner profile. The front and rear fenders have been molded; the running boards were trimmed, and the skirts are flush-fitted, with discrete lower edge flares. The bodywork is all metal, as you'd expect on a Rick Dore custom. Inside, inviting front bucket and rear bench seats were trimmed in soft Italian white pearl leather, complemented by a console accented to match the exterior. In reflecting on his work and that of his predecessor, Dore said, "the 1940 Merc is as good as it gets, but I wanted to take this car a little further than Matranga did." He certainly did. And he succeeded masterfully.
by Douglas

Rick Dore Kustoms

Rick Dore, member of the Grand National Roadster Show Hall of Fame, has been building award winning cars for more than a decade. Rick Dore Kustom car creations have been featured on the covers of Hot Rod, Street Rodder and Custom Rodder magazine. His television coverage includes Speedvision and The Hot Rod Show.

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Rick Dore Kustoms
Phoenix, AZ 85053
Phone: 602.547.3512
Fax: 602.547.3512
Email: info@rickdore.com
Website: www.rickdorecustoms.com

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