1931 Ford A Model Coupe

Qualified at: Meguiar’s MotorEx

This nostalgic ’31 Model A five-window coupe is Paul McMullin’s first-ever, ground up, hot rod build. That’s quite exceptional when you consider his prior experience consisted of building historic racers with his dad and tinkering with a few hot rods that he’d bought over the years. Nonetheless, this very traditional, genuine-steel coupe an absolute stunner – just ask Chip Foose, who awarded it ‘Chip’s Pick’ during his 2016 trip down under.

“It was a Californian car that I went over to the states to buy,” says Paul. “I really only wanted the body, but had to buy the whole car.”

Once it arrived down under, Paul kept his fingers crossed after stripping and sending it off to the blasters.

“You never really know how good a car is until it comes back from blasting,” says Paul. “This one was spotless. There was only a couple of 20 cent pieces of rust – that’s it!”

Holding up the mint body is a custom chassis with solid front axle, split-wishbone rear and 1940’s Banjo diff. Rolling stock is steelies, chrome hub caps and cross-plies with white walls. Powering 31CPE is a highly-detailed 59A Flathead V8 topped with a trio of Stromberg 97s. The brakes are also period correct – original 1940s that is. Even the colour, Mandarin Maroon, is an original 1940s colour – which was laid on by Andrew at Fine Lines Body and Paint. About the only modern element in 31CPE is the late-model Borg Warner T5 gearbox.

Paul and his trimmer mate, Shane Shambrook, shamelessly stole the style and theme for the interior from Darryl Hollenbeck’s 2016 AMBR winning ’32 high boy.

“We rang up Hollenbeck’s trimmer, Sid Chiver, in the states,” says Paul, “he told us where to get the Cadillac fabric he used in the roadster’s interior.”

Paul is a mechanic by trade and other than paint and body work, he built this show stopper at home in his garage.

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