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August 21, 2018

By: Jonathan

CARS

The Road To Pebble Beach Isn’t All Supercars

If this car invokes images of Grease, well, you’ve just saved me a lot of time and effort because that’s pretty accurate.

One of the Bernardini brother’s roadsters the duo of Pat and Tony would regularly race their roadsters in the L.A. area and do so in matching uniforms to their cars. This particular 1932 Ford “404 Jr.” roadster was the one to beat in the L.A. area with Pat behind the wheel. Granted Pat was only part of the process, the rest was the work of the, “314-cu. in. Ford flathead with a four-carburetor Edelbrock intake, Harrell high-compression heads, and a Harman and Collins magneto.”

Via RM Sotheby’s
By 1955, after racing most weekends for six years, they sold the “404 Jr.” for $975 to Jeano LaCoste, from the San Francisco “Pacers” club. For just $975 LaCoste kept the “404” number, and proceeded to extend the fast, flathead-powered highboy’s winning record to strips in Northern California, winning the tile, “the Racing Man’s Deuce.” Jeano improved the trap speed up to 115.66 mph with a 11.75 second E.T. At Oakland in 1956, it won the Competition Roadster Class. In 1959, again at Oakland, “404 Jr.” won the All-American Roadster award. The car’s finish became Goldenrod Yellow, but the roadster still wore its hallowed numbers.

Dubbed the “most significant hot rod” this ’32 is projected to bring in as much as $600,000 at RM Sotheby’s Monterey auction this Saturday.

[Photography courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.]

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