Hello all! I thought it appropriate to start off with some history. The proud young man seen here with his foot on the running board of his ‘29 Model A V8 roadster is my Grandfather, Thor Sanden Jr. This photo was taken on the Sands of Cannon Beach, Oregon in 1952. The car was built in 1946 by a fellow classmate at Portland’s Washington High School. Grandpa bought the car in 1951 and enlisted Bill Schnell Sr. (Ardun expert of the west coast) to build the 296 ci stroked, full race Flathead sporting one of Schnell’s own 4x2 intakes (of which only 4 or 5 survive today). The car sported filled seams, cut down doors (for a euro-sports car look popular in those days), altered fenders, 3 inch drop and Kelsey-Hayes 16” inch wire wheels ….all wearing a metallic plum-burgundy paint. Sadly not much is known about its more recent history. It spent the remainder of the 1950’s in my Great Grandparents garage while Grandpa was in the service and was most likely parted out and sold some time around 1960. I believe that the motor went to his ‘40 Ford coupe and the rest of the good stuff, such as the dash and the super rare intake, ended up in a box in the garage. They were given to me in 2003, shortly after Thor passed away. I am fortunate to have a good number of photos of this car and some of the original goodies…..hopefully they will aid me in building a clone of this car.
~ Mr. Model T
Love everything in this photo. The detail is amazing along with the history. Thanks!