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1953 WINNER DICK WILLIAM'S 27 ROADSTER

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  • Built by Dick Williams in 1952
  • 1953 America's Most Beautiful Roadster award winner
  • Dick Williams was clocked at 123 MPH in this car at Bonneville
  • According to Blackie Gejeian, this was the first show car built with a tubular frame
  • Smoothed and filled steel body
  • Flathead V-8 mounted as far back as possible to balance the car's weight
  • Offenhauser aluminum heads
  • Four Stromberg 97 carburetors
  • 4-speed manual transmission
  • 1940 Ford rear end
  • Custom driveshaft
  • Polished Kilmont front disc brakes
  • Chrome hairpin front 4-link setup
  • Custom painted 1932 grille shell and headlights
  • Chromed 4-link rear setup with coilovers
  • Custom fabricated roll pan, plate frame and tail lights
  • Chromed alternator, steering box and linkage, headers, oil pan, drop axle, leaf spring, drop spindles, front knee shocks, dash, steering column and wheels
  • VIN ANNOUNCEMENT
  • Built by Dick Williams in 1952
  • 1953 America's Most Beautiful Roadster award winner
  • Dick Williams was clocked at 123 MPH in this car at Bonneville
  • According to Blackie Gejeian, this was the first show car built with a tubular frame
  • Smoothed and filled steel body
  • Flathead V-8 mounted as far back as possible to balance the car's weight
  • Offenhauser aluminum heads
  • Four Stromberg 97 carburetors
  • 4-speed manual transmission
  • 1940 Ford rear end
  • Custom driveshaft
  • Polished Kilmont front disc brakes
  • Chrome hairpin front 4-link setup
  • Custom painted 1932 grille shell and headlights
  • Chromed 4-link rear setup with coilovers
  • Custom fabricated roll pan, plate frame and tail lights
  • Chromed alternator, steering box and linkage, headers, oil pan, drop axle, leaf spring, drop spindles, front knee shocks, dash, steering column and wheels
  • VIN ANNOUNCEMENT
In 1952, a young Dick Williams from Berkeley, California, built a Hot Rod to be as beautiful as it was quick. By the following year, he won the America’s Most Beautiful Roadster award at the fourth annual Oakland Roadster Show with his custom, powder blue lacquer 1927 Ford Model T Roadster. As well as the car’s bodywork, drivetrain and paint was executed, it was what was underneath it that was so historically important. According to Blackie Gejeian, “It was the first car, to my knowledge, that ran a tube frame.” While a custom, tubular frame is common among Hot Rod builds these days, there’s no doubt that it was a rare feature in custom cars when Williams took home the AMBR with his. Williams’ hand-built, chrome-moly tube chassis was featured on the cover of the July 1957 “Rod Builder and Customizer” as a testament to its unique qualities of the era. He also recorded a 123 MPH pass in the roadster on the Bonneville Dry Lakes before it changed hands. By 1974, Dick Falk, from nearby Walnut Creek, California, had acquired the car and painted it a deep maroon. The Street Rod trend of the mid-‘70s was most commonly illustrated by a deep-dish rear wheel and narrow front wheel combination, dramatically accentuated by wide, raised white-letter dragster tires. Falk updated the roadster with this very wheel and tire configuration, as well as externally located rear hairpin radius rods and new interior upholstery, while leaving the custom bored and stroked ’48 Mercury flathead V-8, magnesium Halibrand quick-change rear end, hand-formed aluminum belly pan, twin 9.5-gallon fuel tanks and signature Kinmont front drum brake setups untouched. While in Falk’s hands, the roadster made the cover of the December 1974 issue of “Rod Action,” before he painted it Candy Apple Red the following year. Named “A T For 2,” Blackie Gejeian acquired the roadster and, beyond painting the engine block, largely left the car untouched from its Dick Falk configuration. Under Blackie’s care, the roadster has appeared at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and has been featured in “The Rodder’s Journal,” “Street Rodder,” and “Mobilia” magazines, as well as coffee table books like “Hot Rod Milestones.”
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