John Coenen’s “Laid Back” ‘37 Ford sedan had a long journey towards being named Goodguys 2012 March Performance Street Rod d’Elegance. The car won the prestigious award last weekend at the Goodguys 12th Meguiar’s Del Mar Nationals.
Coenen’s dream ride began to take shape long ago at Hot Rods by Boyd under the watchful eye of painter/body man Charlie Hutton and Roy Schmit. After Coddington’s untimely death, it found its way to Brentwood, California where Dominator Street Rods took stewardship of the build handling the dash, console and exhaust system. Once departed from Dominator, metal sculptor Mickey Galloway worked his magic before the car landed in its final resting spot (and a familiar one at that) – Charlie Hutton’s Color Studio in Nampa, Idaho for final assembly, paint, wiring and plumbing.
A quick glance at the sleek sedan reveals the sheer volume of modifications it possesses. The A-pillars are laid back 3 inches, the back of the car has been laid forward 4 inches, the hood is pancaked and the body wedge cut. The curved rear flush mounted back glass adds an air of modern design as does the curved one piece windshield. For color, Hutton used an elegant two-tone combination of PPG Envirobase paint and clear coat.
The Art Morrison chassis features Coddington suspension components, Flaming River steering, a Wilwood master cylinder with Coddington calipers. The one off Boyd Wheels measure 17 and 20 inches. Under the hood is a stout 5.4 liter supercharged modular Ford extracted from a Ford Lightning truck. Gabe Lopez artfully stitched the comfortable interior which also includes a center mounted ’50 Ford gauge cluster updated by Redline Gauges. The steering wheel is from a ’56 Chevy.
The entire package emanates elegance combined with a modern “Laid Back” flare pushing it to the front of the pack in Del Mar. If the sedan is any indication of things to come from Charlie Hutton’s Color Studio, they’ll be building many more show winners.
Fellow finalists for the Goodguys 2012 March Performance Street Rod d’Elegance included Bob Matranga (’35 Ford), Tom Gloy (’32 Ford), Bill Lindig (’27 Ford), and Scott Van Steenwyk (’33 Ford).