Custom Built 1930 Ford Model A Hot Rod Sports 5.4-Liter HEMI V8

A highly modified 1930 Ford Model A owned by Seether’s Dale Stewart will be up for grabs at the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona next month.

While it might not attract as much attention as the first 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 or all-new Toyota Supra, the custom hot rod is nonetheless interesting as it was custom-built for the bassist by Classic Car Studio.

The model started out as a 1930 Model A, but it has been chopped and channeled and rides on a custom-built chassis. The model is made almost entirely out of steel and Barrett-Jackson says every interior panel, including the dash and the seats, were hand formed.

Speaking of the interior, it’s highly distinctive as it features exposed metal and contrasting gold rivets. Drivers will also find minimalist gauges, a unique steering wheel and some rather uncomfortable-looking seats.

The unique styling continues on the outside, as the hot rod has an open roof with wood cross beams. Of course, one of the most noticeable features is the supercharged 5.4-liter HEMI V8 engine that is fully exposed. It is connected to an automatic transmission that sends power to a 9-inch rear end with 4.10 gearing.

There’s no word on how much power the engine produces, but the hot rod also has a 5-inch I-beam drop front axle with split wishbones and Lincoln brakes.  Out back, there’s a 4-link rear suspension with adjustable coilovers. Other highlights include 18- and 20-inch custom wheels wrapped in Firestone Deluxe Champion tires.

The one-off Model A was featured on Velocity’s Speed is the New Black and it will be auctioned off on January 18th. Besides the car, the winning bidder will receive a signed bass that Stewart used to perform during concerts around the world.

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  • SteersUright

    I can appreciate the craftsmanship, looks like a rolling sculpture. As something to drive, these hot-rod type cars just never appealed to me.

  • Mr. EP9

    I thought that looked familiar. It certainly is something to cruise around town in – watch out for potholes – but I wouldn’t want to be in it for too long. Those seats don’t look very comfortable.

  • LeStori

    Goes to show. You spend a lot of money and time and end up with something that is very ordinary.

  • Bash

    I’m sold for the HEMI, looks impressive tbh. not as a daily or anything, its a show car at the end.

  • Tim Householder

    I have no use or desire for cars like this. Regardless of how great someone thinks they are or, especially who owns it! Big deal, you got the money,there’s alot of shops out there that’ll build you a ‘car’….then on top of it,may be you take it for a spin a few times ,then it ends up on somebody’s auction block. I don’t look much at these cars. What I DO look at and respect a great deal, are the hot rods,regardless of what year they are, that are built by the owner. So, they hire out an upholstery shop across town, have help on a motor rebuild from a shop 2 county’s over, buy their wheels from someone online and pay to have some paint applied…..Those are cars that I’m impressed with.Not something from Jay Lennos garage or Chip Foose,etc. Sure those cars are great, endless money and time has been spent on them,why shouldn’t they look great.. But the ‘owners parade around with them on their dog and pony shows then bye bye. Not my cup of tea. Had an old friend back in Pennsylvaniathat built a deuce coupe every winter. Nothing spectacular, Gibbons body, aftermarket frame rails,standard suspension, not chromed out, SW gauges, rebuilt Ford 8 or 9″ rear, rebuilt small block Chevy,tri power,4sp. He’d then take it over to Carlisle, Pa and sell it for $30-$35, go back home and build another. That’s what I like and respect.. You could jump in that car and drive across the country….or build one just like it out of catalogues ,adding nice touches as you see fit..
    Just my 2cents!

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