This vehicle is owned by the legendary Mike Alexander, of the Alexander Brother’s customizing fame. Mike has been in the business of building and customizing cars since the mid-1960’s. This modified Speed33 was built at Gaffoglio Family Metalcrafters, Inc. in Fountain Valley, CA with the help of Mike’s son, Mike Jr. From concept to completion, Mike worked along side a vast number of individuals to make this hot rod come to fruition.
Four years in the making, the VISION 33 made its 2012 debut at the 60th Annual Detroit Autorama Show. It was a Don Ridler Memorial Award contender and with high standards, received Pirelli Great 8 Recognition.
In the summer of 2012, the VISION 33 made the cover of the Street Rodder’s SRP (Street Rodder Premium).
Here it is – fresh off the boat from New Zealand, recently featured in a full 14-page cover story in Hot Rod Magazine, New Zealand. Mr. Jon Reid and his team accompanied this car all the way to its California, USA debut at the 2011 Good Guys West Coast Nationals in Pleasanton. With great anticipation, it placed in the Top Five for America's Most Beautiful Street Rod. Following up on that, in January 2012, it took first place at the Grand National Roadster Show in the "Altered Street Roadster - pre 1935" class.
Built for Steve Payne by the skilled hands of John Reid and company at New Zealand's Rods by Reid - they have the challenge of stuffing a Keith Black aluminum 526 Hemi into a longer wheelbase Speed33 and trying to keep it on the Malaysia roads. Yes, this Detroit body has gone down under to New Zealand and will end up on the roads of Metro Manila in the Philippines. Just check out the detail chassis work to get the exhaust treatment just right for the build. American Speed has been supporting John's build with additional parts as progress takes place - so don't hesitate if you have international dreams as we have Speed33s in Canada, Denmark, Australia, New Zealand.
Sam Lanasa, a car enthusiast from Lakeland, FL is nearing completion of his full fendered Speed33. Eager to get this Speed33 out on the show circuit, Sam took his car to the 13th Annual Mason Dixon Christmas Wish Car and Truck Show held in Tampa, FL and had the distinction of winning not one but two awards. In a class of over 300 entries, Sam’s Speed33 won Best Top Twenty 1981 and Older and the Specialty Award for Best FOMOCO. This classic black beauty is revving to move to the next show. Congratulations to Sam, another Speed33 winner!
Here is a great looking fenderless Speed33 from the Pearson garage – complete with LTI and a manual transmission, this car features several custom metalwork touches throughout. Straight shade black with no clear highlights the quality of the Speed33 body with straight panels, smooth highlights and a great job by the Pearson’s in their own garage.
Classic Barry Lobeck style is how this Speed33 was built – great theme, excellent selection of components and flawless execution brought this car its first awards on its first time out. Built under Barry and Gini Lobeck’s direction, the whole team at Lobecks brought this full build to its debut at the Good Guys Columbus Nationals and surprised everyone.
With exquisite paint work from top to bottom - the highly detailed and finished chassis was worthy of mirror plates alone. Mr. Jon Kosmoski, House of Kolor Paints, built his dream ride, a fully fendered Speed33 powered by a killer LS motor putting power to the ground with a polished Currie rear end.With a short build time of only 8 months, Jon showered the Speed33 with some of his best paints: for the chassis a Gamma Gold base (H.O.K. BC07) and Pagan Gold candy (UK12), while the entire top side was first shot with a Super Silver base (FX05), then HOK's new Candy Apple Red (UK11) and then Show Car clear (USC01). Jon told Mark, " the body is of such high quality, it really pushes you to do more on the build of the car." Good stuff coming from a man than knows. Jon's car debuted at SEMA, but look for it to be featured at many hot rod shows throughout the country.
The great folks at L'Cars of Cameron, Wisconsin have helped out a great customer, Mr. and Mrs. Lowe, who had previously started on a hot rod build that got into the wrong hands, and time and money later there wasn't much to show for it other than the RamJet 350. Working from that base, the L'Cars crew got on the project and went to replace the build with a high quality American Speed Speed33 body. Starting from a Roadster Shop chassis and Speed33 body, the crew fitted SAR fenders and smooth running boards, and then dressed it all out in a brilliant DuPont Hot Hues Razzling Red base coat and DuPont 72200s clear. The attention to details and level of build is superior - right down to the custom metal work dressing those smooth running boards, flush fuel filler, high mount stop light and customized American Speed 33 grille.
One of our PA dealers put this Flathead beauty together for a customer build and wow what a look. With graceful silver laid over those curvaceous fenders, this Speed33 is as much classic as classy. Built to run with an H&H built Flathead Ford fed by twin Stromburg 97's, S10 5 speed, TCI chassis and full disc brakes, the customer will be cruising in style and comfort thanks to the American Speed Company interior. Look for this car to show up all over the East Coast as it makes regular runs and shows with builder and customer proud of its beauty.
You won't be able to take your eyes off this LS powered Speed33 with custom metal front end work by none other than Marcel DeLay, metalworker extraordinaire. With custom chromed louvers adorning the hood of this Kugel equipped Speed33, it'll only be the 6 speed automatic that blows your doors off as the red flash passes by. Great design and workmanship detail abound on this great build with custom touches by Squeeg's Kustoms of Mesa, Marcel Metal, American Speed body, and many other premier products.
Our first customer/builder built full fendered Speed33 hails from the great wilds of South Dakota - Dave Hill and the whole gang at A&A Restoration put a great channeled full fendered Speed33 together using Ford in a Ford 347 powerplant and AOD trans. Built on a quality Pete & Jakes frame with dropped I beam and 4-link 9" axle, the car is traditional yet modern. The Dupont "Blue By You" color catches your attention as well as the customer interior by Roy Keith Upholstery using American Speed trim panel package.
Another Speed33 featured in Street Rodder Magazine, the great team at California Street Rods in Huntington Beach got together with customer Bob Rosenthal to create a Jaguar inspired Speed33 build featuring S-Type drivetrain and classic Jaguar design cues. The June 2010 issue covered some of the detail work done on the car to make it a contender for the coveted Grand National Roadster Show "America's Most Beautiful Roadster" award in 2009 - in our opinion, none was better than this classic beauty .
If you want heritage in roadsters, no need to look any further than the Grand National Roadster Show now proudly organized by Mr. John Buck and held each January at the Pomona, California Fairplex. Re-constructed on stage during the three-day show in January 2009, this bright blue and red Speed33 had numerous talented hands involved in the build. There is an entire website devoted to the build, the talents involved and the products used in the build: http://www.rodshows.com/gnrs/build-a-rod.html
Mr. John Buck has been invited to join the illustrious L.A. Roadsters club
that puts on the L.A. Fathers Day show - so expect to see this Speed33 around for quite a long time. American Speed Company, Roush Performance and Total Cost Involved were the major sponsors - and we proudly call this Speed33 our own. Look for the car to be visiting shows throughout the country.
Build for road course racing and open track days - this Speed33 was commissioned by a customer for one purpose, 1+ Gs. Acceleration, braking, turning all come with ease with the tight body, independent suspension chassis, remote reservoir shocks, heavily bolstered seating and a deep grin on the driver. Robin and his crew at the Retallack Rod Shop really out did themselves with the build. The car has since been invited to several top shows throughout the country - but its real purpose will be putting a permanent smile on its owner going around the track!
This PPG Blue Flame fendered Speed 33 was built by L. Cornue from Lake Geneva, WI. The build consisted of a drivetrain from a 2006 Mustang GT. The engine is a 4.6 liter 3 valve with a Tremec 5 speed transmission. The frame was a fully boxed aftermarket built by Heritage Hot Rods. It originally had a fiberglass ‘ 33 Ford body on it, but was upgraded with our all-steel Speed 33 body. It has a Heidt’s front suspension with tubular A-arms, and a rear axle Heidt’s four bar triangulate suspension with coil overs. The Rootlieb hood and hood sides were modified to accommodate the width of the 4.6 liter engine. Five years in the making, this Speed33 hit the pavement in September, 2011.
Mike is a one-man shop with many talents. Picking up his body here at American Speed on July 21, 2008, this orange blast Speed33 hit the roads of the upper Midwest just over one year later. On the road only a few months, it has already racked up some big wins in competition including First Place in the Roadster Class at the Cobblestone Car Show in Rapid City. Now on an inside show circuit, the car continues to be well received.
Cool green color, cool stance, cool 4bbl power. Verne's Speed33 is built to ride on a custom frame rail and Kugel front and rear independent suspensions. Powered by a SBC dressed to show, this Speed33 has been noticed again and again throughout California and Arizona shows. Not Verne's first build, but certainly his best!
Bright yellow and big wheels set the character of this full fendered Speed33 build by Tom out West. Built by the owner and some great fabricators out in Utah, Tom is getting a lot of attention when he sets out for a drive with this drop top beauty. When you see the car, be sure to check out the details on the air intake, the American Speed grille and other details Tom has worked into the build.
Here's a whole new color scheme that is really getting noticed - Doug's Speed33 from the Valley of the Sun. With a subtle two-tone and gold leafing, there are design ideas from classic hot rods as well as contemporary ones. Just check out the attention to detailing with ovals throughout the interior and exterior. With full independent Kugel suspension, this Speed33 is also built to drive - with motivation from a V8 stuffed between the hood sides, this hot rod really runs.
Ron and Lois Beard have completed a great project - the first Speed33 fully fendered with a 3" stretch to the chassis. With all metalwork and designing done by Ron and Lois, they capped their build with an original Mullins trailer - complete with matching fenders and Lincoln Zephyr tail lights. Their Speed33 is motivated by a Lincoln Navigator 5.4 Ford Modular motor which caused a bit of customizing to the hood sides - see those buldges - clearance as well as aesthetic.
The Beard's well traveled '33 Ford is based on a Speed 33 body and features a 3-inch extension in the wheelbase and similarly lengthened fenders. The custom dash features Classic Instruments gauges set into an instrument panel painted to match the tan upholstery. The convertible is powered by a Ford DOHC V8 and rides on a Heidts IFS and 9-inch Ford rearend sprung on coilover shocks. Look for this Speed33 cruising up and down the West Coast from Washington through California.
This Speed33 debuted at the Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona 2010, Mr. Carter Crompton has been preserving while enjoying his triple black Speed33. A local customer that visits the American Speed shops regularly, Carter was looking for just the "right look." Working with Mark, they came up with the tall skinny tire look on the blacked out build to really set it apart with the tall So-Cal cast wheels. Carter's car was the first to receive the American Speed trim panel treatment, with all upholstery work done right here at our shop. Custom embroidery sets off the upper bolster of the American Speed designed Wise Guy bench seat. Motivated by a crate SBC and automatic, Carter looks forward to shows and cruising northern Michigan.
Chassis: Roadster Shop
Engine: Chevrolet ZZ4
Transmission: Chevrolet 700R4
Interior: American Speed Company
Mr. William "Moon" Mullins of Dothan, Alabama and his Smeding stroker dual quad carb chevy engined Speed33, with flawless execution by Mr. Jesse Greening of Greening Auto of Cullman, Alabama. William's been known through his whole life as "moon", so his Speed33 uses some of the famous Moon Equipment logo designs to have some fun with his hot rod.
Winner of the Alloway Hot Rod Shop "Builders Choice Award" at 2010 Nashville Goodguy's !