Claimed to be the shortest and widest ‘T’ ever built
This Little Red ‘T’ took seven years to build
The attention to detail is truly breath-taking
Bespoke interior with handmade upholstery
This eye-catching custom hot rod is unique in many ways.
There is a huge, documented list of custom-made parts which were created by engineer Dave Melling in the 1980s with help from renowned hotrod builder Ed Wimble.
The highly detailed 3.5-litre Rover V8 engine looks and sounds amazing. The high-compression block and the cylinder heads are from an SD1 which is fed via a Holley 39 carburettor and Offenhauser manifold driving the rear wheels via an automatic transmission.
This striking custom Model T was extensively refurbished in August 2002 and the current owners have also made many mechanical improvements this year, refurbishing the car back to the original showroom condition.
THE HISTORY AND PAPERWORK
The Model T comes with a substantial file of paperwork, detailing its history and build, with full photo documentation of the seven-year creation process in the 1980s
The creators were meticulous with their documentation and have also retained hand drawn designs for parts. The wiring loom is also documented making upgrades simple
Registered and Taxed on a UK plate in Ireland, can be immediately registered in the UK if needed
The car’s identity with the DVLA is that of a 1959 Standard Vanguard, but the chassis, body, and mechanicals are all completely customised
The most recent MOT test on file was on 19 September 2012 at an indicated 280 miles, which was a clean pass with no advisories
The car was sat for a while before a previous owner bought and recommissioned the car
The current owner has also been busy and made many improvements to the mechanicals
The individually designed, black fabric hood and supports are in great shape, with no rips, tears or fading
The bench seat has been re-trimmed in diamond-quilted Connolly black leather and is unmarked. There are 2 working seatbelts
The vendor tells us there are no known electrical or mechanical faults and have meticulously gone through everything ensuring the car runs and drives as it was intended
Custom made body made from fibreglass with hand crafter plywood dashboard
Mahogany steering wheel finished with chrome and matching paintwork
Custom chrome exhaust pipes designed and made exclusively for this car
Handmade fuel tank
Finished with shimmering black and orange metal flake paintwork, polished to a mirror finish and finished with complementary pinstripes
The T rides on a set of wire wheels at the front, with wide slot-mag alloys at the rear that were donated from Ed Wimble’s original build
Crafted from fibreglass, the bodywork looks free of any damage
All the chrome trim is in very good order
The body is shortened by 6”
All the badges were hand made from old washing machine parts
Recently stripped down, refurbished, and rebuilt automatic gearbox, with clutch drive and friction plates replaced
Hand assembled wiring loom and accessories
Holley 39 carburettor
Jaguar splined propshaft
5-part transverse leaf spring suspension
Rover V8 engine
Jaguar Mk10 back axle
Limited-slip differential from a Jaguar E-Type
Crown and pinion from an S-Type
Half shafts and hub carried across from a MkX
New distributor drive and alternator
The extensive current recommissioning of this Custom hotrod really showcases the amount of time and detail that went into building this labour of love.
Every part tells a story, and they all combine faultlessly to create something rather special.
This Model T “Little Red T” probably isn’t destined to be used to pop to the shops on a Sunday morning.
It’ll be saved for special events, marketing or as the ultimate head turner in summer shows. Maybe there’s also just enough room for it to be displayed in your home as a talking point.
It’s the ultimate life size fully working Hot Wheels Hotrod!
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