1932 Ford Roadster Highboy

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1932 Ford Roadster Highboy

350 V8
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  • Built and owned by Darrell Mayabb
  • Restored by Canepa
  • Cover of American Rodder in January 2005
  • Won Best Ride on BFGoodrich Tires at NSRA Nats in Louisville

    1932 Ford Roadster HighBoy
    VIN: F2201

    This '32 was originally built by one of America's foremost illustrators of hot rod art, Darrell Mayabb. Over the years Mayabb's work has been featured in almost every hot rod and street rod magazine on the market, including Hot Rod, Street Rodder, Rod & Custom, and more. In 1999, he was presented with the Stroker McGurk Award by Hot Rod Magazine, and in 2006 he was inducted into the National Rod and Custom Car Hall of Fame.

    He, along with friends, restored the '32 over a period of 10 years, starting in the late 1980s. According to Mayabb, "While my children were in college there wasn't enough money to restore the hot rod and pay for my children's education. I made a pact with myself that when I finished the roadster I would drive it to the L.A. Roadsters Father's Day Run and have a picture taken of myself on the Pacific Coast Highway. I accomplished this in 1999." The 2007 PPG Calendar features a self-portrait of the artist standing next to his '32 Roadster when he accomplished his goal.

    After being purchased by Canepa from Mayabb in March of 2006, the hot rod underwent a complete body-off, nut and bolt restoration. The original 80s color scheme of yellow over blue was updated to its current stunning black paint. The interior was crafted by Sid Chavers in custom rust colored cashmere calf leather. Chavers also fitted one of his famous roadster tops. The Chevrolet 350 V8 was rebuilt by NASCAR engine builder, Tony Oddo. Every part that could be polished to a mirror finish was treated to hours at the buffing wheel. Plating was done by Sherms Custom Plating. Striping was done by Real Ralph. Every mechanical system from the brakes to the suspension was overhauled and updated. A new wiring loom was made along with all new gauges. In total over 2000 hours was spent on this hot rod with a final bill of over $185,000.

    The '32 has been in the private collection of a noted collector in Seattle for the past 8 years and is now again available for sale. It has covered only 271 miles since its restoration by Canepa.


    Original Ford steel body roadster
    Chassis Engineering frame
    Stock length frame horns and chrome spreader bar
    Dropped and drilled beam axle with mono leaf spring
    350 Chevrolet with an Edelbrock four barrel on a matching manifold
    HEI distributor
    Block hugger headers
    Griffin aluminum radiator
    Gennie shifter
    Turbo 700R4 automatic transmission
    Original style grill insert minus the crank hole
    Filled grill shell with the inner splash apron blacked out
    Curved louvered hood sides
    Rodware Dago windshield
    Larger gas tank in original location
    1933 commercial headlights
    Wheels: 14x6 front, 15x10 rear. Steel reversed rims with 1948 Ford pickup hubcaps
    1939 Ford teardrop taillights
    Glide seat
    Dark brown leather interior
    Mullins steering column
    Mooneyes Bell style, leather wrapped, four spoke steering wheel
    Mustang steering box

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