California’s love story with the Hot Rod began in the 1930s, on Mojave Desert Dry Lake beds, where mass-produced, hopped-up Fords (and the occasional Olds, Chevy, or Buick) competed for top speed honors. After WWII, young men modified scores of cars to race on dirt oval tracks, on the salt, the lakes and–later–on abandoned air strips, where the quarter mile drags as we know them today were born. None of these kids could afford a Duesenberg or even a Cadillac; instead, they tinkered with plain-jane factory Roadsters.
When the prior owner learned of the hibernating ’33 Plymouth Coupe being for sale, he knew he had to have it. Negotiations ensued, a deal was quickly struck and pronto, the dusty car arrived in his driveway. It’s a rare 1933 Plymouth PD DeLuxe Rumble Seat Coupe, one of 20,821 built, 85 years ago!
The early-1960s Oldsmobile Rocket V-8 engine and GM Hydramatic transmission were in excellent condition, just the completely gummed-up carburetor and fuel pump had to be replaced (He chose an EDELBROCK 625 cfm electric choke model, which works perfectly), the sloppy shift linkage had to be rebuilt, and a new alternator and battery were installed. Since I have owned the car the transmission was leaking and I had a new GM 350 transmission installed a year ago at a cost of $1,800.Brakes and suspension were a different story.
Unblemished, 1966-vintage, gleaming CRAGAR chrome 5-spokes are beautiful. Fronts wear SEMPERIT Sprint Classic rubber of the size 165 HR 15, rears show off a pair of 275/60-15 PRO TRAC 60 Racing Profile tires, straight from Coolsville.Dual air conditioning: