Awesome T with amazing history, definitely something I would be proud to have in my garage. I love the Desoto grill I have one on a 30 roadster that I own. Could be Pebble Beach winner for sure.
1925 Ford T-Bucket
Rare Hot Rod Magazine Cover Car
Any car that appears on the cover of Hot Rod magazine is automatically famous. At the Amelia Island Concours, which is one of the top classic car shows in the United States, they have created a class in the last two years of strictly cars that have been on the cover of Hot Rod. A few things can be noted when a car is on the cover of a historical Hot Rod magazine. The first is there were only twelve cover cars every year and Hot Rod magazine was very particular about the cars that would appear on the cover; they were always fabulous cars. The second is that because these cars become so famous in today’s market place the value goes up tremendously. Third, any car that appeared on the cover of Hot Rod magazine will always be invited to every prominent Hot Rod show.
The T-bucket that you see in this ad is one of those cars; it is the 1925 T-Bucket with a short bed that appeared on the cover of Hot Rod, March 1959. It was built by a 17 year old named Terry Sweem who took two and a half years of his young life to build the car. This bucket was considered the epitome of all T-buckets and had the best combination of everything. An Olds hydro combo with a bored out 303 Olds engine and was only 30 inches tall to the top of the door. The body was channeled over the frame with such unusual features as cycle fenders that turn with the wheels, a 33 DeSoto grille, a 39 front and rear Ford axle, tri-powered carburetion, working turn signal, electric windshield wipers, rear tires, 820 x 15 Firestone wide whites, front tires 750 x 15 Firestone wide whites.
The car has working hi-lo beams and directional’s and an instrument panel cluster from a 1950 Olds along with a 1950 Stewart Warner tach and working emergency brake.
Today the car still has all these original items that were put on it in the mid 1950’s and even has the original interior that was put in the 50’s in near perfect condition. As compared to today’s cars this car is considered as light as a feather and with the power that comes from the torque of a tri-power Oldsmobile engine and a beefed hyrdo it sends it down the quarter mile in a very exhilarating way. The car also makes an excellent trip car for the longer tours.
A few modifications have been made on the car for today’s conveniences such as an alternator, hidden electric fan and an expansion tank on the radiator. There is also a fuel cell in the bed along with the battery. The paint was redone around 1990 and as recently as last year everything on the car was brought up to date for long distance touring such as all bearings serviced, u joints serviced, all brake fluids flushed and replaced along with the cooling system. New electric fuel pump and change of spark plugs.
This car started its hot rod customized life in California, went to Arizona, Jackson, MI and then Wisconsin. The car was always kept in heated, enclosed garage space and it shows it. You can tell this by the car having a 65-year-old original interior that it was well cared for and in fantastic condition. When you sit in this car you are positioned to look down and over the chromed carburetors quite a sight while the wind whips over your head. It is rumored that in its early life the car turned the quarter mile in 13+ seconds.
For the serious hot rod custom car collector around the world a car like this comes up once in a lifetime. It is believed in the history of eBay only 2-3 times has a Hot Rod cover car come up for sale. You may never have another opportunity to buy a car with such historic significance built in 1957 and almost in exactly its original component layout today as it was in the Hot Rod magazine article. This article is real blazing history right before your eyes.