A 1951 Ford Club Coupe That Has Everything That Dream-Cars Are Made Of

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Craig Wick, the owner of Wicked Fabrication, stops by the garage with the Gran Turismo–Winning GT51, a 1951 Ford Club Coupe that has everything that dream-cars are made of.Leven’s Club Coupe is a hopped up hybrid blending classic ‘50s lines with modified, track-themed proportions and stance.

image credit: Jay Leno’s Garage 

Perhaps this is what it would have looked like if Ford engineers developed a factory race car in the middle of the 19th century.Riding on an Art Morrison chassis with handmade independent rear suspension, the car’s body mods include a wedge-sectioned beltline, a sleek cut-down roofline, integrated rear airscoop, and flush-mounted, framed windows all around.

image credit: Jay Leno’s Garage 

The custom made hood and hand-formed inner fender panels are tied together with race-inspired dzus fasteners.Inside the cabin you will find widened garnish moldings, a handmade dash with Classic Instruments gauges, polished one-off race buckets trimmed with Italian leather, and hundreds of rivets and machined trim pieces.

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The Ron Shaver-built 368c.i. 1956 Lincoln V8 is powder-coated in racy gold and sports incredibly rare (one of four sets ever made) Hilborn stacks converted to EFI. No wires are visible inside the artfully constructed engine bay, having been neatly tucked away.via(good-guys)

Byars Custom Autobody smoothed, sprayed, cut and buffed the PPG Gray paint which contrasts nicely with the one-off gold wheels. The wheels are simply a work of art. They were re-engineered off the original Halibrand castings from a 1930s Novi Indycar. The yellow letter Goodyear tires serve to enhance the track vibe.