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Hot Rod History


Lloyd Bakan


Lloyd Bakan’s ’32 Three-Window Coupe

Swimsuit beauties joined Lloyd Bakan’s ’32 coupe on the cover of Hot Rod in October ’57. The Los Angeles–based coupe was one of the winningest cars of its day. The top took a 5-inch whack while the doors got the suicide treatment. Other mods include chromed nerf bars and Pontiac taillights. Underneath, the car is completely chromed and polished. We’ve learned that the ’54 DeSoto engine with a Weiand four-carb manifold was replaced by a Lincoln motor, and scallops were added when George Barris redid the car for Oakland in 1958. We recently saw a current photo of this coupe, owned by Tim Cunha and undergoing restoration, on the Jalopy Journal Web site.

• Maroon finish

• Aluminum insert panel filled with Stewart-Warner stuff

• ’56 Lincoln deep-dish steering wheel

• Tan Naugahyde interior

• Bobbed cycle fenders

• White nylon top

Photo by Eric Rickman

1953 America's Most Beautiful Roadster
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