Every car has a focal point and while the clean lines, flawless paint, simple and highly functional interior could bring all of us "in", it's the engine that will yield most hot rodders short of breath. In its raw form the Ford V-8/60 is neither impressive in its appearance or for its anemic power (60 hp). Once fitted into the diminutive roadster and then topped with arguably the rarest of speed parts—the Ardun heads—it makes this V-8 one for the ages. It's reported that only eight sets of the Zora Arkus-Duntov (Ardun) designed heads were made back in the day (circa 1932) and Mumford has managed to pack away two sets. Well, one set resides on the Howard Allen (Monrovia, California) machined and assembled 136ci V-8/60. When you hear of a 3.2-inch bore, a 2.6-inch stroke, one wants to chuckle but you have to admire the very robust appearance of the 100hp and 94 lb-ft of torque V-8. Other pace quickening components include an Isky cam and the four Stromberg 97 carbs (note the red fuel lines, very cool). A nod to modernization comes by way of the Mallory electronic ignition and the Powermaster alternator, while the custom exhaust system utilizes Borla mufflers all built at Brizio's by Jack Stratton.

Getting the modest horsepower to the ground is a Hot Rod Works (Nampa, Idaho) prepped Halibrand quick-change outfitted with 4.11 gears and 31-spline axles, Pete & Jake's Hot Rod Parts tube shocks, and a transverse leaf spring. Getting the power from the engine to the rearend is a '40 Ford pickup three-speed Top Loader refurbished at Vern Tardel Parts and Repair (Santa Rosa, California) run through the gears by a graceful '39 Ford shifter.

The chassis is based on a combination effort of Fuller and Eastwood. Remember the frame is a custom piece with a 106-inch wheelbase and set up to accept a V-8/60 and '40 Ford pickup transmission with a dropped tube in front and a Halibrand quickie in back. In front is an original '37 Ford tube axle that did receive the obligatory "dropped" treatment and then outfitted with '37 spindles. Other front suspension items include the Schroeder cowl-exit steering, a Posies reversed-eye leaf spring, SO-CAL Speed Shop tube shocks, and split wishbones from Speedway Motors. There's one more piece of hot rod eye candy and that's the set of four vintage speed equipment Kinmont disc brakes. The brakes are pressed into service via the '39 Ford pedal assembly and early Ford master cylinder.

You will recognize any number of hot rod parts residing within the interior but upon closer examination you will note added emphasis. First off the refurbished vintage Stewart-Warner gauges (100-pound oil, 215-degree water, 150-mph speedo, 0-30 charge/discharge amp, and gas gauge) maintain their original looks and are neatly housed within a custom dash. The gauges are off-center from what would be the norm but this was driven by the custom steering column that runs through the dash sheetmetal and hooks to the cowl exit Schroeder sprint car–style steering box. The steering wheel is a custom three-spoke fabricated by Davis. Other dash amenities include the ignition key and the adjacent push-to-start button located to the left of the wheel, while centrally located beneath and to the side of the speedometer are the turn signal (left) and the headlight (right) switches. The Model T windshield posts were chopped and a custom rearview mirror both fabricated at Brizio's, the custom seating was stitched at Sid Chavers Upholstery and features the brown leather seat back and twin base pads, which are slightly recessed into the flooring, allowing Mumford to sit "just right" when behind the wheel. (When seated it's your goal to have your shoulder nearly at level with the body height. This lowers you within the body and protects you from a great deal of wind buffeting.)

The aluminum hood and race car nose with custom insert were fabricated by Davis while the stock body sheetmetal was prepped by Hollenbeck and then painted in a custom-mix PPG maroon. Headlights are custom with '35 Ford lenses while the taillights are '46 Ford. The not-overdone brightwork is seen throughout and was aptly handled by Sherm's Custom Plating.

Many cars have won the prestigious AMBR award but years from now it's our best guess that people will still remember the little V-8/60 that could.