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1932 Ford Hot Rod

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1932 Ford Hot Rod

To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION at RM Sothebys' The Petersen Automotive Museum Auction event, 8 December 2018. Estimate:$400,000 - $500,000 Featured in Rod & Custom, November 1956Hot Rod Magazine cover car, October 1957Best in Class, Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, 2007Named one of The 75 Most Significant ’32 Fords, 2007Featured in The Rodder’s Journal #41, Fall 2008 1953 DeSoto 291-cu. in. hemi V-8 with four carburetors and an Iskenderian camshaft, chopped four-in., modified rear fenders, Pontiac taillights, Stewart-Warner gauges, dropped axle, and Lincoln-Zephyr gears. Lloyd Bakan’s chopped ’32 Ford three-window coupe, photographed alongside a swimming pool and flanked by two bathing beauties, graced one of the most memorable Hot Rod Magazine covers of all time. It had all the right stuff: DeSoto Hemi with a four-carb manifold and Isky cam, tan Naugahyde tuck and roll interior, Mercury Monterey steering wheel, and nine Stewart-Warner curved glass gauges in a custom dash panel. Pontiac taillights, artfully bobbed rear fenders, and custom nerf bars completed the picture.The legendary Eric Rickman shot that famous Hot Rod cover while standing on a ladder in the swimming pool! With its big hemi mill and those two lovely ladies, the Lloyd Bakan coupe was the perfect hot rod fantasy.Initially built in the early ’50s by Roger Long, with a 296-cu. in. “full house” Mercury flathead, the coupe appeared in Fawcett Publications’ Best Hot Rods in 1953. It then resurfaced in a four-page feature in Rod & Custom in November 1956, now owned by 22-year-old Lloyd Bakan, a Navy vet who lived in Eagle Rock, California. Bakan recalls buying the coupe from a man named Alan Johnson. By that time, painted powder blue, with bobbed rear fenders, the hammered deuce had received its 1/8-in. over-bored, 291, ’53 DeSoto Hemi, with chromed “Firedome Eight” valve covers. With that engine, attributed to noted builder, John Geraghty, the coupe turned 103 mph in the ¼-mile. Geraghty’s crew modified the hemi heads to match a set of JE high-domed pistons and fitted a Weiand four-carb intake with a quartet of Stromberg 97s. The exhaust system, highlighted by external headers, was the handiwork of Dave Mitchell of Mitchell’s Muffler Shop in Pasadena. Chevy’s small-block had yet to make an impact, so that DeSoto V-8 was impressive. Altadena Auto Body fabricated new front and rear nerf bars, and rolled the rear fenders forward in the stock wheel arches so the flared portion was even with the fuel tank. Although some thought the coupe’s vivid color was a variation of 1954–1955 Buick Titian Red (often incorrectly called Tahitian) a popular hue in that era, it was a custom blend by the Altadena shop.The Bakan coupe starred in Trend Book 160, the 1958 Hot Rod Annual, photographed by Jim Potter. The interior was described as being “rare imported leather from Turkey.” Reportedly, “the material alone cost $370.” A text panel read that the V-8 had been fitted with an Iskenderian cam. According to HRM, those modifications “ . . . give Bakan’s coupe the highly desirable oomph comparable to the hottest modern machinery on the road.” Lloyd Bakan always said he enjoyed the notoriety this stunning car provided. “It wasn’t my first hot rod; it was actually the eighth car I’d had, but it was the best of them all.” Bakan attended many Southern California car shows, winning a total of 48 awards! Old programs from the 1958 Glendale Motorama and the 1959 Rod & Custom Motorama, presented by the Renegades of Long Beach, prove this cool coupe really got around. Legendary painter Hershel “Junior” Conway recalled, “I first became aware of that car at a show in San Diego in late 1957. The finish was unbelievable; it was so striking. Lloyd put a lot of effort into that paint,” said Junior. “He was so finicky, he’d use Kleenex tissues to wipe it down, so he wouldn’t scratch the surface. And he towed the car to shows with his ’49 Cadillac!”Although Bakan hit all the shows, his coupe was no ‘trailer queen.’ “I drove it all the time,” he recalled. “I’d make the rounds of all the Bob’s Big Boy drive-ins from Eagle Rock to Toluca Lake to Glendale. My coupe got a lot of attention; it was one of the star cars,” he remembers. “My friends called me ‘the hot rod king.’” In the late 1950s, Bakan sold his multi–award-winning coupe to Richard Strock, from Southgate, California, who installed a 462-cu. in. Mark II Lincoln V-8, with a six-carb manifold, then commissioned Dean Jeffries to pinstripe it. George Barris and “Junior” Conway applied then-fashionable gold scallops, as noted in a Car Craft feature. The coupe was exhibited at the 1960 Grand National Roadster Show in Oakland. Two years later, Car Craft showed it with chromed reversed wheels.The much-traveled Lloyd Bakan deuce was sold several more times, first to Steve Gilligan, from Vancouver, Washington, then John Potter. By this time, the coupe had a 327 Chevy with a four-speed. But Potter thought the car looked familiar. Looking at old magazines, he realized, because his car still had that distinctive dash, the nerf bars, and modified rear fenders. It was indeed the famed Lloyd Bakan three-window deuce coupe. Potter and his friend Jim Donovan traded the coupe back and forth. Under Donovan’s tenure, the car was modified “back in time” with a hot three-carb flathead, built by Doug Louzon, who later bought the coupe and installed a SCoT-blown flathead. It appeared in the Portland Roadster Show program in 1980.“The Bakan coupe was one of the coolest-looking cars ever,” Steve Gilligan believes. “Most people didn’t realize what it was,” he adds. “But my dad and I knew. The motors were swapped out many times, but the car itself never really changed – it still had most of its original pieces. Unfortunately, Doug had cancer, and he had to sell it.” Working through Tim Cunha, who’d located the car, vintage racer and Pebble Beach Historic Hot Rod Class multiple winner Don Orosco—this car’s consignor—purchased the Bakan coupe from Doug Louzon, but it was missing its engine. Orosco tracked down Lloyd Bakan in Sacramento who “ . . . was elated to hear his old coupe had survived. Even though many years had passed, his family said he did nothing but talk about that car.”“It was in really rough shape,” Orosco explained. “And it had been repainted an incorrect metallic maroon. The ravages of hard use were evident. The floor was torn up, and the doors drooped; but it still had the modified rear fenders, the original upholstery, and the nerf bars.”“Olle Eriksson, in my shop, worked for a ton of time on that body,” Orosco remembers. “He took the rear fenders—Bakan had used fenders from an original Tudor sedan—and completely re-wheeled them to make them fit correctly.” Many of the Stewart-Warner instruments were missing, and they had to find a correct DeSoto V-8. They found the right one in Turner’s Wrecking Yard in Fresno. Jack Freese, in Salinas, rebuilt the engine. When Orosco heard the

 
 
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