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1932 Ford Lee Titus Roadster

This 1932 Ford roadster was built in the late 1950s by Lee Titus, who owned a speed shop in Culver City, CA.  When he opened his shop in 1955, it was a natural progression from his experience as a well-known and highly competitive California dry lakes and Bonneville salt flats hot rod builder and racer.  Lee’s technical skills and a clear goal of what he wanted helped transform this roadster into a car worthy of a Hot Rod Magazine cover and feature article in the May 1959 issue of that publication. Retaining its fenders, finished in black lacquer with a red interior, and powered by a fuel-injected Corvette V8, it was pure California and pure Lee Titus. Hot rod photographer, Andy Southard, was the car’s next owner, during which time it became the subject of a multi-part feature in Rod Action Magazine when Dick “Magoo” Megugorac removed the fenders and transformed it into a highboy. Subsequent owners of this car included a host of famous hot rodders, including Jim Busby, Bruce Meyer, Bill Hammerstein, and Andy Cohen. After sixty years and many changes, the roadster was recently restored to its 1959 Hot Rod Magazine cover configuration by Roy Brizio of South San Francisco.