Pleasanton, Calif – Marvin Bok’s Auburn, Indiana based ’39 Ford convertible won the Goodguys 2009 America’s Most Beautiful Street Rod presented by Hushpower at the 23rd West Coast Nationals in Pleasanton. Built by Ben York’s Roseville Rod & Custom in Northern California, the convertible has now won two of this year’s Goodguys “Terrific 12” awards also taking the Street Rod d’Elegance drown earlier this year in Del Mar.
The car exudes beauty and sophistication in every aspect. From the European style tan leather interior to the candy “Cabernet” PPG paint to the handmade chromed brass brightwork, Bok’s convertible catches the eye from any angle. It also sports the subtleties we’ve come to expect from the Roseville Rod & Custom shop. The car’s beltline was pie sectioned 1 ¾” and the windshield laid back 1 ½” for a smooth, speedy look. The convertible top was chopped 2 inches. But the convertible’s dash is perhaps its most striking feature. The dash template is from a ’40 Ford but has been tastefully reconstructed to house the large oval speedometer from a 1935 Oldsmobile. The Roseville crew custom fabricated the entire dash including the tach and other gauges to match the vintage Olds speedo.
Under the hood is a throaty 4.6 liter supercharged Ford pumping sweet notes through the polished stainless exhaust. It rides low and smooth (make that really, really low) on an Air Ride equipped TCI chassis with polished and chromed suspension components. The shiny chrome wheels with solid centers and classic Ford V8 insignia were made as one off designs by Evod Industries.
Another aspect of the car that catches the eye is the large stock ’39 Ford rear license plate. It was hand painted to match the interior of the car.
The Goodguys America’s Most Beautiful Street Rod presented by Hushpower is meant to honor a beautiful street rod through 1949 vintage. The award criteria states “This is simply a beauty contest. The most beautiful street rod will be chosen.”
The top five finalists for this year’s award included Don & Carolyn Smith, Mansfield, TX (“Hemrod” ’32 Ford Sedan), Marvin Bok, Auburn, IN (’39 Ford Convertible), Tom Smith, Auburn, CA (’36 Ford Coupe) Doug Cooper, Oyster Bay Cove, NY (‘32 Ford B 400), and Doc & Elsie Kinney, Chiliwack, BC (’37 Chevy Coupe).