Wes Rydell’s “Black Bow Tie” ’35 Chevy Standard Phaeton (one of 217 ever made) took home America’s Most Beautiful Roadster honors at last weekend’s 65th annual Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, CA.
Fabricated, assembled, finished, upholstered and painted by Rad Rides by Troy, the Phaeton got its start years ago at Rydell’s Toy Shop in Grand Forks, North Dakota under the watchful eye of Rydell’s Doug Pederson. Working off a Foose Design, Pederson modified a Roadster Shop chassis and did a substantial amount of metal work before shipping the car to Rad Rides where they spent nearly a year finishing the car for the Roadster Show.
Its understated elegance is felt throughout. It’s a car that grows and grows and grows on you. The Phaeton is lengthened 2-inches and features a 3-inch longer-than-stock wheelbase. The shortened grill was reclined by “pulling out” the bottom and the windshield posts have been laid back 2.5-inches. It rides on Heidt’s IFS and IRS suspension. The engine is a 383 Chevy crate Ram Jet, modified to look like it features original 1957 Rochester injection.
The hind end is as regal as it comes with the aesthetically-pleasing stock luggage coated in flat black anodize with CNC milled oak wood. Nickel plated gas cap and trim pieces abound. The art-decco red leather interior was stitched by Adam @ Rad Rides as was the black canvas top.
Mike Curtis of Curtis Speed made the period perfect wheels featuring CNC-milled stock-looking trim rings (with gold leaf inlets) and stock ’33 Chevy hubcaps.
Goodguys members and enthusiasts will surely remember Rydell’s past Foose-designed cars including the “Grand Master” ’35 Chevy (2002 Ridler winner and Goodguys Street Rod of the Year) as well as the Goodguys 2007 Custom Rod of the Year-winning ’54 Chevy Bel Air.
Look for the Black Bow Tie Phaeton at the Goodguys 14th Meguiar’s Del Mar Nationals, April 4-6. Congratulations Wes & gang!