The true appeal of building a classic is expressing individuality through an evolving canvas that eventually becomes a rolling extension of its creator. And whether that means constructing a custom from the ground up, or taking a solid foundation and adding just enough detail to achieve perfection, the hobby certainly has no shortage of ideas, inspiration or talent. Unfortunately, if you’re a jaded, long-term car junkie, chances are you’ll probably have a hard time rekindling the wide-eyed excitement that sparked your decade’s old addiction. So, what does a seasoned gearhead do when he loses his appetite for striped Camaros and fiberglass 3-Windows? He snatches up a super cool rarity like this stunning Ford Victoria! Built by Jerry Brassfield of Pacific Summit Motorsports, this killer custom wraps a silky Porsche V8 and stalwart 3-speed transmission in a hand-built body and custom Connolly interior. If you like to look good, win trophies and turn heads everywhere you go, your ‘phantom phaeton’ awaits!
Nicknamed ‘Deuception’, this hot Ford’s unique body began life as rare Morgan Manufacturing Collector’s Choice fiberglass that was tastefully modified by a multitude of customizers. That said, the driving force behind its construction was master fabricator Paul Newman of Newman Car Creations; a name you’ve undoubtedly heard if you’re familiar with Goodguys awards or West Coast car culture. As we all know, successfully executing any ultra-clean street rod means you have to go the extra mile to get everything laser-straight. Fortunately, Newman and his star-studded cast expended hours of dogged dedication to create a perfect foundation for a spectacular coat of Porsche Indian Red lacquer. And today, this stunning custom is a swell of virtually unbroken reflections that create one subtle yet impressive classic!
Of course, subtle doesn’t necessarily mean skimping on the details. This well-executed coupe strikes an excellent balance between Ford’s unique pre-war design and the monochromatic style of modern hot rodding. At the front of the car, custom, tightly-radiused fenders anchor clear H4 headlights at the sides of a billet grille and clean, body-matched shell. At the top of that grille, a 3-piece hood rolls to Dan Fink windshield posts, smoked glass and a one-off Marcel’s Custom Metal roof. At the sides of that glass, a characteristically simple profile features custom heat extractors, phaeton-style doors and small red mirrors. And behind those doors, a billet fuel filler and 4-point roll bar ride above smooth tail lights and custom, increased-width fenders. There’s certainly no mistaking a classic Ford shape, but this roadster has an identity all its own thanks to a cohesive theme, careful workmanship and exceptional attention to detail.
An eyeball-popping presence is only part of this slick street rod’s excellent appeal; it also does a very good job of going fast and making noise! Looking completely natural behind the car’s Indian Red hood is a smooth Porsche 928 V8 that, after some thorough tweaking, creates roughly 345 horsepower. One of only four 8-cylinder architectures produced during the company’s 83 year existence, this alloy rocket utilizes a hot cam, custom intake and custom-linked Dellorto carburetors to twist stout 10 to 1 compression into rich, pavement-scorching torque. Naturally, the impressive mill has been carefully positioned using a series of custom mounts and brackets; the most interesting of which is 1975 Dodge truck motor mounts that, like original Porsche equipment, isolate the entire drivetrain. The engine’s appearance is a melting pot of black, polished and machined finishes that contrasts well against the aforementioned red. Porsche exhaust manifolds, a custom aluminum firewall and a rear-mounted alternator keep the bay subdued and classy. And best of all, this sophisticated brute fires easily, drives reliably and lays waste to almost any old school muscle car that’s brave enough to pick a fight.
Here’s where hiring a renowned fabricator like Paul Newman really pays off. Like most of his well-known creations, Deuception utilizes a custom frame that’s modeled around C4 Corvette hard points to create a sorted classic which is super tight and exceptionally engaging. The car’s vintage Ford style rides on a 1.25-inch skeleton that’s formed from 1010 steel tubing. At the front of those bones, a Gordon Schroeder rack and pinion hangs between Newman spindles, custom 4130 chromoly control arms and Koni double-adjustable coil-overs. At the back of those bones, two more Koni double-adjustable coil-overs support a Porsche 928 differential and 3-speed Mercedes-Benz transaxle, which is fitted with a 2,400 RPM stall converter. Stops are supplied by power-assisted Porsche 930 calipers, which make excellent use of a Girling master cylinder, Tilton balance bar and 13-inch Tilton rotors. In front of those calipers, 16-inch Momo magnesium road wheels spin Porsche center caps inside 205/55 Pirelli Cinturato P7s and 27.0x13 Goodyear racing slicks. And everything, from the car’s chassis-mounted, low-profile exhaust to its dressed frame -- visible through the front fender wells in traditional Ford fashion, has been exceptionally finished and expertly detailed.
With a classic like this, experiencing the joy of open air driving is priority number one. That’s why its simple interior, designed by expert craftsmen Sid Chavers and Dave Putnam, replaces ‘distracting’ for ‘tasteful’. At ground level, gridded carpet anchors a hand-built console beneath a retro car phone, Sony CD changer and small power window switches. Seating is provided by plush Connolly buckets, which are sandwiched between big ADS speakers and angular door panels. The dash remains as stylish as the rest of the car with nothing more than Porsche 928 telemetry occupying its sleek red surface. In front of the driver, a ’66 Volkswagen steering column spins a simple Momo wheel. And behind the passengers, a small storage nook features custom, color-matched luggage.
The sale of this world class street rod includes:
* A copy of the car’s feature in the July, 1988 edition of Street Rodder Magazine
* A copy of the car’s feature in the August, 1988 edition of Street Rodder Magazine
* A copy of the car’s feature in the July, 1991 edition of Hot Rod Magazine
Appealing and innovative, this storied phaeton has been recognized as a milestone street rod for its incredibly unique design. In fact, the car even earned a spot in the Bruce Meyer Gallery at the renowned Petersen Automotive Museum. Don’t miss your chance to experience quite possibly the ultimate combination of classic American style and storied sophistication!