This swanky “custom roadster” started out as a 1930-1931 A Sport Coupe, which had been scalped, doors capped off, and a late-’30s Ford windshield grafted on somewhere back in the murky mists of time. It also had the beginnings of a rather clunky Carson-style top.

My friend Blake Carr has procured this beauty and placed it in the capable and prolific hands of E.J. Kowalski of Kowalski’s Speed & Custom in Reading, Pennsylvania. I had drawn a track-nosed version for Blake on a napkin after some highballs, which led some months later to the version you see here.

It has a custom nose and hood with a low hood cut-line, like some of the classic ones had. The ’30-31 side molding is tapered off on the cowl side to make this more harmonious. It has Guide headlights, custom hairpins, ’32 door handles, and lake headers peeking out underneath. Rolling stock is 6.00x16 ’Stones in front with 7.00x16s in the rear, with rare accessory “propeller”-shaped disc wheel covers that Carr found that seemed to want to be on the car. I revamped the shape of the custom top to a more pleasing shape, though it’s sure to get pomade marks on the headliner now. It also has snaps for side curtains, since it’s Pennsylvania and Carr fears no snow. Around back, I was thinking that Pontiac lamps and license plate looking through a nerf bar would be the proper Right Coast solution.