American Dream Cars Classic Cars For Sale

Click Here To Read About The Muscle Car That Got Away

1933 Chevy Custom Built All Steel Convertible Roadster Show Car For Sale

Photo of 1933 Chevy Custom Built All Steel Convertible Roadster Show Car

1933 Chevy Custom Built Convertible Roadster Show Car
All Steel
VIN: 3AL312468LA3
Custom built, one-off, spectacular
1933 Chevy built for Carl Sprague,
owner of Custom Autosound in California.
No expenses spared
every single detail is perfected and
the time spent on this build is clearly evident.
Carl commissioned Barry White at
Barry's Speed Shop In California
to build his dream car and
personal Custom Autosound show car,
which is what you see here.
This car was a top 6 Contender for the 2007
"Most Beautiful Roadster" award.
This is one of the best of the best and
one of the top Roadster builds in the country.
With estimated costs to build this car
at over $440,000
its time for you to grab onto a very unique car
with a pretty cool history behind the build
at a near fraction of the cost of you building
it yourself.
Sound Machine Custom Autosound Cranks It Up
"There was a time in our history, and
not too long ago at that, someone could
come up with an idea, and through a
need for that product, become successful.
Call it the "better mousetrap" syndrome.
People like Carl Sprague,
owner of Custom Autosound,
are those who took an idea and ran with it.
In Sprague's case, it was in 1977 that he took
a newer AM/FM-cassette capable radio and
adapted it to work in his AM-only-equipped
1963 Corvette.
And as these usually happen, it was
through prodding from friends and others
who wanted him to upgrade their cars
that he saw an opportunity to make a nitch
for himself.
He soon was producing vehicle-specific units
that looked like the stock unit, and
fit in the stock location,
but had all of the latest features
that any driver really wanted in
their sound system.
And the rest, as they say, is history.
Sprague has always been a Corvette guy.
From his earliest days,
the iconic Chevy was the car for him, and
he has had quite a few.
So when he thought about building a hot rod,
he knew that he wanted a Chevy, and
he wanted it to be a roadster:
he likes the breeze when he drives.
So he put in a call to Barry White at Barry's Speed Shop
of Corona, CA, who said he could build
what would look like a 1935 Chevy Roadster,
but would be full on.
Sprague liked the sound of that and
agreed to go ahead with the project.
If the body looks familiar, it should.
It is a Coast to Coast Street Rods Impact II
1933 Ford unit that Tony Correia of Speed Shop
Custom Paint of Corona, CA, modified to appear
more like a 1935 Chevy.
In another effort to give it a Chevy look,
Marcel's Custom Metal Shaping fabricated
a new hood.
Correia also installed the Corvette dash
into the car with original speedo and mileage,
but only after he chopped it into pieces and
tossed out the center section.
The crew at Barry's Speed Shop fabricated
a new grille with surround
that also plays into the '35 Chevy theme.
For those who know,
orange seems to be White's signature color and
it works perfectly with the '35.
The paint in question is actually a PPG-based
special mix that Correia blended especially
for this car.
It has a healthy dose of pearl added
to give it that "pop",
as if the car needed any more help.
To give the body and Sprague a good mount,
Barry and his crew constructed a custom frame.
Included in the job were some very cool suspension
components by Kugel Komponents.
One of Jerry Kugel's incredible IRS rear ends
as well as a KK IFS system now adorn
the car and not only give it the perfect hot rod look,
the KK units work very well and
give the car perfect handling characteristics.
Since this car is a convertible
Convertible? There actually isn't any top! ,
the interior needs to be great looking as well
as comfortable.
Accomplishing these two requirements
has never been a problem for the crew
at Gabe's Street Rods Custom Interiors
of Paramount, CA, and
the job they did on the '35 is up to their
normal high-quality standards.
From fabricating the seats and door panels
out of high-density foam to covering them
with leather, they did it all,
including wrapping the Budnik steering wheel.
Including laying the Mercedes carpeting.
Their fine job extends into the trunk as well.
As stated, the dash is out of a 'Vette,
but the gauges are by Classic Instruments,
while the stylish floor shifter is an Auto Max unit
that extends through a Correia custom made unit
that he calls a "waterfall" but the rest
of us call a center console.
You know, artists.
Keeping the occupants well settled into the seats
are Custom Accessories 3-point harnesses.
And while the rest of us get by on a single stereo,
the official Custom Autosound Chevy gets two.
Yep, twin Secretaudio units have been mounted
in the door panels
(well, there are two of them too, you know)
and send out their electrical impulses to the
5-1/4-inch Brand X speakers.
Brand X is another of Sprague's many companies.
Last but not least,
let's talk about the power plant
that propels this car.
Looking vintage is no mere effect here,
the engine is a 1963 Chevrolet 327-cid engine.
When the car was first shown it was
outfitted with a refurbished mechanical fuel injection
system from a 1957 Chevy.
Any of you that have owned a car
with an older refurbished fuel injection system
knows that they can be difficult to maintain
and awfully finicky at times.
So, the car now has a more dependable,
polished Edelbrock 4-barrel carburetor
with a polished Edelbrock intake manifold
that helps it start right up and
drive on reliably.
A Turbo 350 tranny got the nod to channel
the horsepower to the Kugel rear end.
As sweet as this car is,
it was only made possible by the fact
that Carl Sprague had the brains and ingenuity
all those years ago when he started
Custom Autosound.
And as with CA, Sprague knew what he wanted
when he commissioned Barry White to build his car:
he wanted a Chevy and
he wanted to feel the wind in his hair
when he drove it.
See, with hard work and knowing an opportunity
when it appears, good things can happen.
Good things can happen to you now too!
After showing the car for a few years,
it was time for Carl to move on with
a new project for Custom Autosound.
Again, the estimated build cost on this stunning,
one-of-a-kind roadster was around $440,000.
, and the time invested into perfecting
every detail is clearly evident.
This is a fantastic opportunity for one to
own and drive something so special
at around a quarter of the build cost.
The great things about these custom
Chevy roadsters are that they are
truly timeless pieces of art
that collectors and enthusiasts alike
will desire and appreciate for years to come.
Stock Number: 2078JJJ
My Location: Elkhart, IN United States
Information Call Ray at Toll Free 800-852-1911
Or Cell 574-849-5323
Second phone: 574-970-0645 (24 hrs) Or

Click Here for a detailed Inspection Report on this vehicle

More Classic Chevy For saleMore Classic Chevy For SaleGo To American Dream Cars Home PageAmerican Dream Cars Home Page

Privacy Policy