A gleaming black, PPG-painted 1934 Ford was named America’s Most Beautiful Roadster at the 62nd Grand National Roadster Show held recently in Pomona, Calif. The award is regarded as one of the most prestigious in the world of custom cars, and winning it is a highly coveted honor.
The roadster, owned by Daryl Wolfswinkel, was built by Doug Jerger and his crew at Squeeg’s Kustoms in Chandler, Ariz. Jerger’s team spent about 18 months designing, building and painting the car. They chose PPG’s Deltron single-stage DCC Concept Acrylic Urethane to give it the lustrous black finish.
“Those guys at PPG have it all together,” said Jerger. “Their paint always shoots and sprays right and looks great. We use only PPG products, been using them since the shop opened in 1964 and started with Ditzler. The others just don’t have it down the way PPG does.”
Aside from the smooth, mirror-like finish, the traditionally styled roadster features an aluminum block 427 Ford engine jacked up to churn out more than 700 horsepower, a luxurious brown leather interior and distinctive nickel-plated wheels.
This was the second time Squeeg’s Kustoms built this particular roadster. It was originally designed and made for Wolfswinkel by Jerger’s father, Squeeg, in the early 1980s. The car was rebuilt in 2008 and taken to the Grand National Roadster Show as an example of the shop’s capabilities. It was their first America’s Most Beautiful Roadster win. The team is now working on another Wolfswinkel project car for the 2013 show, hoping to make it two in a row.