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Hot Rod History


Neal East


Neal East’s ’32 Five-Window Coupe

Neal East, another former R&C staffer, owned the Doane Spencer roadster for many years before selling it to Bruce Meyer. One of Neal’s first cars was this ’32 five-window coupe, created from a car he picked up for $70. By the time the finished car made the pages of Hot Rod in April ’58, the coupe had already collected a case of trophies. A dropped axle and reversed rear spring lowered the car and a 3-inch chop brought it down farther. Installing the ’49 Olds with a single four-barrel required relocating the steering 1 inch and cutting a notch in the framerail to miss the exhaust. A pair of 6-volt batteries was used for 12-volt starting while retaining a 6-volt electrical system.

• Black finish

• ’49 Oldsmobile V-8

• Original dash with Stewart-Warner gauges

• Black mohair and light-blue Naugahyde interior

• Lowered steering column with ’51 Merc wheel

• 3-inch chop

Photo by Colin Creitz

1953 America's Most Beautiful Roadster
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