Barrett-Jackson Sees Early 1930s Hot Rods Out in Full Force

Last week we all got a glimpse of some of the finest cars around at the 41st Annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction. If you missed any of Speed TV’s coverage of the event, you missed out on a whole lot of hot rod heaven. Lucky for you, however, Speed TV compiled a gallery of 28 incredible hot rods from 1930 to 1934 that crossed the auction block in Arizona, and we’ve got a second look for you right here.

The early 30s style hot rods that graced Barrett-Jackson’s stage last week ranged from a ’33 Willys Custom equipped with a 355cui Chevy V8 to a more refined 1934 Packard Model 1104 Super Eight that was restored to 100-point Classic Car Club of America National First standards.

Here are some of our favorites:

’31 Ford Model A Roadster

Cars weren’t nearly as complex in the 30s as they are today and that certainly holds true with this Model A Roadster. Set up with just a rumble seat, side mount spare tires and a stainless steel radiator stone guard, we like the simplicity yet divine elegance of this car. It made our list of favorites for more than just its simple nature.

This one actually maintained an original four-cylinder engine and three-speed transmission. While this car isn’t really a hot rod, you have to know where you come from to know where you’re going. Bidders at Barrett-Jackson were only relatively impressed and the car sold for just $48,950.

’30 Packard Custom Speedster

In 1930, Packard created the 734 Speedster as an answer to the high performance sports cars being made by other companies. Only 113 of these cars were made, so finding one 80 years later would be quite the feat. While this Custom Speedster isn’t one of the originals, it does have many factory correct components from the 734 model, like a Deluxe Eight 385cui straight-eight engine and four speed gearbox.

Finished in deep blue with light blue accents, this fine speedster is a great tribute to the extremely rare 734s and sold for $220,000 accordingly. Definitely a fine example of automotive performance.


’34 Dodge Custom Cabriolet

This custom street rod is the result of thousands of hours of work and a no-expense-spared restoration. Featuring the last body ever produced by Frank Miller of Coach & Chassis, this ‘34 Dodge Custom is etched in performance with a 365cui Mopar V8 with Edelbrock heads, 727 manual shift automatic transmission, Flaming River rack and pinion steering and full Heidts suspension system. This one of a kind car was a World of Wheels top 20 winner and part of the Walter P. Chrysler Museum. Sold for $66,000, this car is the epitome of everything that is hot rodding.

’34 Ford Custom Roadster “Mere Image”

Hot rodding is all about personal style and this Ford Roadster is full of it. Designed by Boyd Codington, this beautiful roadster is powered by a Chevy 350cui V8 with four Weber downdraft carburetors. Everything on this car is custom, from the grill insert to the custom engine bolt-ons finished to carry the purple and black paint scheme throughout. If you ever wanted a fully custom hot rod without having to do any of the work, this car was well worth the $77,000 winning bid.

’33 Ford 3-Window Custom 2 Door Coupe

When looking through Speed TV’s photo gallery, we were instantly drawn to this Viper Red Down’s Body Coupe. Sold with its original 1933 title, this car has every performance and nicety you could ever want, including a 350cui Chevy engine, Superide coil-over suspension, power disc front brakes, Turbo 350 transmission, air conditioning and an overhead console complete with a remote controlled Sony CD sound system. No doubt this custom Ford has exquisite style inside and out and would surely would be fun to cruise around in. This car sold for $44,000.

’30 Ford Custom Roadster

Believe it or not, this is actually a movie car. Built for the 2008 Indiana Jones movie “The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” this car can be seen in the opening chase scene of the Steven Spielberg production. While it may not have had thousands of hours put into it or be a rare find, we like that the car was saved from the salvage yard to appear on set. And with a $27,500 price tag, someone got a nice looking hot rod movie car for cheap.

’34 Chevrolet Custom 2 Door Sedan

This fine piece of hot rod style retained its original body with fiberglass fenders. While most people turn these cars into chop-top customs or add some sort of flare, this car remains somewhat tame compared to the rest. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t any fun to drive. With a 350cui V8, Mustang II front end, Turbo 350 transmission and a late-model 10-bolt Chevy rear end, we can only imagine that this 2 Door Sedan is a joy to ride in. This car sold for $56,100 and also came with a custom trailer that matched for traveling purposes.



About the author

Lindsey Fisher

Lindsey is a freelance writer and lover of anything with a rumble. Hot rods, muscle cars, motorcycles - she's owned and driven it all. When she's not busy writing about them, she's out in her garage wrenching away. Who doesn't love a tech-savy gal that knows her way around a garage?
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