Historic Rods and Customs Cross the Block Next Weekend in Texas
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Historic Rods and Customs Cross the Block Next Weekend in Texas

Jim Khougaz’s historic Deuce roadster is one of 78 cars being auctioned by RM Sotheby’s on Saturday, May 2nd in Fort Worth, Texas. We featured it after its restoration for Mark Van Buskirk in TRJ #22. It looks as good today as it did 12 years ago.
The rodding world is buzzing about next weekend’s auction of the Paul and Chris Andrews Collection, and for good reason. Jim Khougaz’s historic ’32 Ford lakes racer, the “Trojan” Model T, a pair of chopped Cadillac customs, and a SOHC-powered ‘56 F-100 are just some of the more than 70 cars that will cross the block–without reserve. RM Sotheby’s is hosting the event at Panther City Classic Auto in Fort Worth, Texas. Previews on Thursday, April 30th and Friday, May 1st are open to the public ($60 admission), and the auction kicks off Saturday, May 2nd at 10am (and is open to registered bidders).

Below you’ll find a selection of the cars being offered, but you can also click here for more details and to see RM Sotheby’s beautifully photographed and illustrated auction catalog.
Some may remember this ’56 F-100 from TRJ #23, when it filled two pages with tire smoke courtesy of the injected 427 cammer built by Mike and Art Chrisman. All that power is complemented by a killer stance and metal work by legendary craftsman Squeak White.
Ohio hot rodder Harry Markiecki’s 1916 “Trojan” T was the epitome of show car cool when it debuted in 1961. Once you get past the metallic green, flamed exterior, it’s hard to miss the fully chromed 322-inch nailhead with six-twos on a Weiand Drag Star intake.
While the Trojan is all about the show, this Deuce highboy is all go. The Brookville-bodied roadster is loaded with old school flavor, like the Stewart-Warner gauges and a Sun tach monitoring the Hilborn-injected 392-inch Hemi.
We love the simplicity of this ’39 Ford DeLuxe Tudor. A 340hp 327 hooked to a ’39 toploader provide power, while metallic green paint and a hot rod rake with steel wheels, caps and rings provide the attitude. 
The profile on this ’48 Cadillac is hard to beat. Metal work was deftly handled by east coast customizer “Chop Top” Charlie Brewer, while dual Appletons, whitewall-wrapped wire wheels, and a Bobby Griffey interior complete the package.
Paul and Chris Andrews drive the cars in their collection–a lot–and this ’34 five-window coupe was built for just that purpose. Beneath the gennie Ford body is a stout, reliable smallblock Chevy mounted in a TCI chassis for miles of cruising.
This unusual custom pickup began life as a ’37 Ford Fordor sedan modified by California rodder Ray Nish. It was featured in the September ’63 Hot Rod Magazine, and features a ’56 Merc chassis and well-dressed Y-block.
It wouldn’t take much to finish this chopped ’49 Cadillac, which was started by Austin Speed Shop in collaboration with the Andrews’ Flying A Garage. RideTech airbags assist with the stance, while a 425-inch nailhead is a unique but appropriate engine choice for a mid-’50s-style custom.
What’s particularly unique about this clean little pickup is that it’s actually a Mercury, manufactured north of the U.S. border in Canada. Under the ’53 M-100’s hood a flathead provides power. The Andrews’ vintage-style “Flying A Garage” logo is emblazoned on the doors.
Although neither rod nor custom, this ’38 Lincoln Model K (1 of 12 built) is the epitome of sleek, understated pre-WWII styling. There are a number of similar classics–along with muscle cars, sports cars, and all sorts of automobilia and vintage signs–being auctioned on May 2nd
What collection isn’t complete without a vintage-style slingshot dragster? The “Little Nailhead,” so named for its injected 322-inch Buick power plant, was originally built by noted racecar collector Mike Guffey.

We’ll be interested to see where these pieces of rodding history go after the hammer falls next Saturday. With any luck they’ll be driven, shown, and enjoyed as much as they were while in the care of Paul and Chris Andrews.

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