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A REAL HOT ROD

As the Barrington Concours was winding down last Sunday, my good friend Lou Natenschon told me that collector Jack Bowser was interested in talking to me. Jack had entered a very nice Auburn in the show, but it was another car he wanted to talk about. It seems that he just completed building a very unique “hot rod” with a ’34 Ford roadster body and a Marmon V-16 engine. The hood of the Ford had to be stretched a bit to accommodate the long V-16, which is fitted with electronic fuel injection and mated to a Viper six-speed transmission. We’re looking forward to getting additional info on the “Real Hot Rod” for a future article. Stay tuned to Old Cars Weekly for that.

4 thoughts on “A REAL HOT ROD

  1. Wil - Indy

    What a fantastic Idea. This reminds me of something Leno might do, astonishing yet compelling and completely out of step with the traditional CCCA cognoscenti. Reminds me of a Bentley Vanden Plas Tourer w/ Merlin V12 I saw parked in downtown Monterey. I’m curious of the provenance of the chassis from which the engine was taken.

    Even worse than the typical early hot rod with heavy OHV V8, the balance of the car will be pretty awful. Please include any details on the conversion of this engine to modern FI.

    I once took time to analyze the firing order and timing of the American V16s. The two Cadillac engines were about as different as engines of that time could be, with the 135deg L-head being the strangest configuration. Yet the slight variation in firing impulses from the odd cyl bank angle are undetectable to human senses.

    I’ll have to watch for the coming article on this monster.

    Wil
    Indy

  2. Wil - Indy

    What a fantastic Idea. This reminds me of something Leno might do, astonishing yet compelling and completely out of step with the traditional CCCA cognoscenti. Reminds me of a Bentley Vanden Plas Tourer w/ Merlin V12 I saw parked in downtown Monterey. I’m curious of the provenance of the chassis from which the engine was taken.

    Even worse than the typical early hot rod with heavy OHV V8, the balance of the car will be pretty awful. Please include any details on the conversion of this engine to modern FI.

    I once took time to analyze the firing order and timing of the American V16s. The two Cadillac engines were about as different as engines of that time could be, with the 135deg L-head being the strangest configuration. Yet the slight variation in firing impulses from the odd cyl bank angle are undetectable to human senses.

    I’ll have to watch for the coming article on this monster.

    Wil
    Indy

  3. John Gunnell

    I’ll bet the Bentley belonged to Gary Wales and was made of real R-R/Bentley parts. Gary has been building such carsfor years and won the first Great American Race with a hot rod Bentley

  4. John Gunnell

    I’ll bet the Bentley belonged to Gary Wales and was made of real R-R/Bentley parts. Gary has been building such carsfor years and won the first Great American Race with a hot rod Bentley

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