1932 Chevrolet 5-Window Coupe - $39,900
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This is a steel car and while it’s an older build, it was obviously a cost-no-object situation, because the workmanship is incredible, the hardware is top-notch, and it runs and drives exactly the way it’s supposed to.

Unique used to be the defining characteristic of hot rodding. Built by one guy using a combination of parts that he was able to scavenge, barter, or build, each one stood out because the guy building it wasn’t using a “formula.” Somewhere along the way, that inventiveness vanished and today we have a cookie-cutter industry churning out plastic rods by the hundreds, each just like the one before it and ultimately falling into the hands of guys who find them boring. That’s just not right.

Enter this awesome 1932 Chevy 5-window coupe. Now it’s hard to say that a Chevrolet of any type is unusual, but when was the last time you saw a ’32 coupe that wasn’t a fiberglass Ford? This is a steel car and while it’s an older build, it was obviously a cost-no-object situation, because the workmanship is incredible, the hardware is top-notch, and it runs and drives exactly the way it’s supposed to. Better still, it carries a leather-lined interior, fresh Torch Red paint, and a wonderfully potent but also very docile supercharged small block. It’s the rare rod that stands out for being unusual without daring to be too different.

It is an older build but thanks to a fresh coat of Porsche Guards Red paint, it looks very contemporary and extremely crisp. It was not an inexpensive paint job and working with clean OEM steel (only the running boards and rear fenders are ‘glass), it looks far more expensive than it is. Modifications to the clean Chevy bodywork are minimal, mostly related to the headlights and that low-profile blower scoop sticking out of the hood. It wasn’t chopped or shaved, giving it a classic look that will never go out of style. And to their credit, they resisted adding graphics or other paint tricks, so it will look contemporary for decades to come. Fit and finish are excellent, with doors that open and close easily, neat gaps even around the hood, and a great stance that’s aggressive but street-friendly. Even the fabric insert in the top remains in place. The original grille shell was painted to match the bodywork and there’s a dropped headlight bar with a set of King-Bee-style lamps, all of which really clean up the nose. The doors on the hood still open to manage airflow over the warmed-over small block and original chrome bumpers not only provide protection, but give it a finished look. The car is sleek, clean, and restrained (if such a thing is possible in a red car). Clearly they knew what they were doing when they put this one together.

The interior is neatly dressed in gray fabric that wears well and looks great. A 1994 Dodge Viper donated a set of matching gray leather buckets that fit rather neatly in the vintage Chevy coupe bodywork, and thanks to the work of noted trimmer Make Haverstock, it remains in fantastic condition throughout. They took it easy on the tech just so everything remains reliable, although a custom billet gauge panel full of Dakota Digital gauges is a neat touch. There’s also a tilt steering column with a leather-wrapped LaCarrera steering wheel that makes it quite easy to get comfortable at the helm. Overhead there’s a custom aluminum console with all the secondary controls, plus a tachometer, which is a neat way to do it. There’s also a Kenwood AM/FM/cassette head unit with a 10-disc CD changer system in the trunk that sounds quite good, although the blown V8 up front sounds better. You’ll note a few switches on the panel marked “NEON” which control the red neon lights under the car, in the engine bay, and in the passenger compartment, all of which combine to give this car an incredible look at night (and is likely why there are two big batteries in the trunk—keep it lit up at shows!). Seat belts, custom floor mats, and original door hardware are just some of the nice details that suggest a good investment went into building this car. The trunk is equally well-finished, although between the batteries, tubbed wheel housings, and CD changer, there’s not much space left over.

There’s probably more than the current asking price wrapped up in the running gear, which is headlined by a 350 cubic inch Chevy V8 topped with that beautiful GMC 4-71 supercharger. A single 750 Holley double-pumper on a Hilborn intake handles feeding the beast while a custom-grind Comp Cams camshaft and valvetrain with roller rockers give it great street manners. An MSD ignition system lights it up and is always the right choice with a blown engine, pulling out timing before anything gets broken. It’s also nicely detailed with lots of polished aluminum, braided stainless, and red paint on the block itself. There’s a 4-inch thick Walker radiator up front with a powerful electric fan, so keeping it cool isn’t difficult and you’ll be shocked by how quickly it starts and how easily it idles, even when it’s cold. This is not a fussy, high-strung motor that needs a lot of attention. It’s tuned for pump gas, so hitting the road is no big deal and once you dip into the boost, you’ll be addicted, because that engine just flings this lightweight little coupe down the road. It’s potent.

Underneath, there’s a 2x4 tube chassis by Martz Chassis which provides a rock-solid platform for the performance this car carries. The transmission is a bulletproof TH400 3-speed automatic with a high-stall torque converter, so you’ll need to accustom yourself to giving it a pretty good prod off the line. On the fly, however, this car is invincible as the boost comes up almost faster than you can put your foot on the floor. A custom 3-inch driveshaft turns a narrowed 12-bolt rear end filled with Summers Brothers axles and bearings and 3.73 gears that are a good compromise for the street. The front suspension is a familiar Mustang II setup with coil-overs, Camaro spindles, GM disc brakes, and rack-and-pinion steering, while the rear is ladder bars and another set of coil-over shocks. A beautiful set of ceramic-coated Sanderson long-tube headers feed a set of side pipes that sound fantastic, but there are baffles inside, so it’s very streetable and not annoying. Other niceties include a transmission cooler tucked into the frame and, of course, the red neon that makes the car glow underneath. The stance is just about perfect and it sits on staggered Centerline wheels with 165R15 front and 31x16.50-15 Mickey Thompson rubber.

This car neatly bridges street and race, which is what hot rods are supposed to be about. The fact that it’s beautifully finished means you’ll never be afraid to be seen in it, and the beautifully sorted mechanicals are ready to cruise any time. We rarely get such well-tuned rods with this much performance, but this is a turn-key car that would cost tens of thousands more to build yourself. Why spend the time and money when it’s right here, ready to rock? Call today!

Vehicle: 1932 Chevrolet 5-Window Coupe
Price: $39,900
Stock Number: 115018
Mileage: 9323
Engine: 350 cubic inch supercharged V8
Transmission: 3-speed automatic
Gear Ratio: 3.73
Wheelbase: 109 inches
Wheels: 15-inch aluminm wheels
Tires: Front: 165R15, Rear: 31x16.50-15 Mickey Thompson
Exterior Color: Guards Red
Interior Color: Gray leather
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