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SEMA: So-Cal Speed Shop unveils souped-up 'Deuce Coupe'

October 30, 2012|By W.J. Hennigan
(So-Cal Speed Shop )

LAS VEGAS– Leveraging more than half a century as a leader in hot rod building and racing on the drag strips and lake beds of Southern California, Pomona-based So-Cal Speed Shop unveiled a souped-up 1932 Ford Roadster at the Specialty Equipment Market Assn. trade show.

The company’s hot rod is a slight departure from the work it usually churns out, because it wasn’t built entirely in house and it isn’t painted in red and white.

The gold and white Roadster was designed by So-Cal’s President Pete Chapouris and built in collaboration with Detroit Street Rods and Champions Moto in Costa Mesa.  

Photos: Highlights from the 2012 SEMA Show

“Detroit has provided such wonderful platforms for Southern California to customize,” Chapouris said. “It’s nice to keep up that tradition.”

So-Cal and Detroit Street Rods plan to offer about a dozen of these hot rods in honor of the 80th anniversary of Henry Ford’s 1932 Roadster. The cost is estimated to be around $175,000 each.

Built off So-Cal Speed Shop’s new Traditionalist forged steel chassis, the Roadster has a Dearborn Deuce all-steel body and a retractable soft top.

Under the hood, the car sports a Ford Racing drivetrain, including a supercharged 620 hp Coyote 5.0 crate engine, and a six-speed manual transmission. Chapouris expects a top speed of around 160 mph.

The new color scheme comes from a V8-powered hot rod that So-Cal’s founder Alex Xydias sped to across at El Mirage dry lake bed. (All So-Cal’s cars have been since red and white since then.)

Xydias, now 90 years old, and Chapouris revealed the all new “deuce coupe” at a Ford press conference. 

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