Lot 18
1930 Ford Model A Tudor Custom Rat Rod


From the Collection of Richard Rawlings

CHASSIS NO: A3903268

• An early Gas Monkey Garage custom build
• Chevy 350 cubic-inch V-8 crate engine with automatic transmission
• Rat Rod with modern amenities including air-conditioning and custom air ride suspension
• Featured in Hot Rod Magazine
• Offered with matching custom Harley-Davidson Chopper Motorcycle and Trailer

Chevrolet 350 cid V-8 crate engine, automatic transmission, Holley carburetor, Offenhauser intake manifold, power brakes, custom air ride suspension

This 1930 Ford Model A Tudor Custom is more than a perfectly executed Rat Rod; it’s the car that landed Gas Monkey Garage, Richard Rawlings and his Discovery TV show, Fast N’ Loud, on the map. If you’ve never considered adding a Rat Rod to your collection, you might just change your mind when you feast your eyes on this. Equipped with a Chevy 350 cubic-inch V-8 crate engine with an automatic transmission, a Holley carburetor, an Offenhauser intake manifold and power brakes, this patinaed beauty was built to enjoy to the hilt as well as to show. And speaking of shows, it didn’t take long for the press to start calling once the Gas Monkey Team drove it into the limelight. Rawlings’ Model A Tudor was written up all over the place, including a feature in Hot Rod Magazine.

Following a great deal of professional hype over the car, Rawlings eventually sold it to his good friend, David Coker, with the understanding that he would receive the first crack at buying it back when the time came. After showcasing the car to promote his wheel and tire business, Coker eventually sold the Model A Tudor back to Rawlings and it was returned to his personal collection on an episode of Fast N’ Loud, and it’s been with Rawlings ever since.

This singular Model A Tudor’s incredibly customized body flaunts a patinaed finish with Gas Monkey Garage logos on the doors and rear end. A nine-hole, trim sun visor peers over the low, original windscreen; below, the cowl is adorned with nuanced, white pinstriping with an original gas cap in the center. The fabrication work on this eye-catching low-rider is as extensive as it is well-executed. The original Model A’s body was chopped then channeled where its chassis was laid to rest atop a custom air ride suspension. For footwear, the custom ride rolls on Newstalgia wheels inside Coker tires, which match the accompanying custom Harley-Davidson and its signature, bespoke trailer.

Although the car was hand-crafted in the distinctive Rat Rod fashion, it enjoys ample modern amenities on top of the enhancements under the hood. Rawlings’ legendary Model A Tudor’s interior is trimmed out in rustic glory. With a ribbed, sepia-toned yellow interior covering the hard surfaces, the padded seats are constructed from reclaimed, vintage leather with thick-threaded, cream cross-stitching. A vintage air-conditioning unit is mounted behind the headrest and the patinaed metal dash sports a beautifully battered, desirable mid-1930s Banjo steering wheel with a bakelite V-8 center. Although the exterior is truly a work of raw, patinaed art, the interior is downright irresistible.

An example that not only catapulted the career of Richard Rawlings and his Gas Monkey Garage, but a custom-made car that ushered in a new era of popularity for the Rat Rod, this Model A Tudor captures the look of the style with fabrication-intensive perfection while boasting the modern amenities of power brakes, automatic transmission, a serious engine and even an air-conditioner. Attention to detail is evident everywhere you look. This iconic example is among the most famous custom rides that Rawlings ever designed and is offered on the open market for the first time along with its custom, matching Harley-Davidson Chopper and its tailor-made trailer.

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