Original 1932 Ford Roadster Is ‘Dry Lakes’ Bonneville Speed Racer

It is hard to emphasize how rare it is to find a surviving, unrestored race-car from the glory days of dry-lake hotrod racing. This primer-grey example is a documented example with fantastic speed parts intact and a charming contrast orange look for its minimal roll bars and frame rails.

Completely open-wheel and sans hood, this ’32 Ford has was a hero then for its massive speed, and is a hero today for making it six decades intact, unchanged from its pre-1950 state.

The Roadster earned $180,000 at the Gooding Amelia Island auction, which was well below its estimate but likely to appreciate if sold again among connoisseurs of the hotrod genre.

1932 Ford Roadster

Gooding & Co.

Amelia Island 2015

Estimate: $200,000 – $300,000 | Without Reserve
SOLD: $151,800
  • An Original and Unrestored ’32 Ford “Dry Lakes” Roadster

  • Documented S.C.T.A. and Bonneville Racing History

  • Equipped with Rarely Seen, High-End, Period Speed Equipment

  • Retained by Gear Grinder Member Jack Kukura for Almost 60 Years

  • Offered with Extensive History File, Period Images, Trophies, and Timing Tags


  • 454 CID Chrysler Hemi V-8 Engine
  • Two Weber-Carter 4-Barrel Carburetors
  • Hampton-GMC 6-71 Supercharger
  • Estimated 550 HP
  • Chrysler 727 TorqueFlite Push-Button Automatic Transmission
  • Airheart Front Disc Brakes with Rear Drums
  • Dropped Front Axle with Tubular Shock

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