1932 Ford Silver Dollar

1932 Ford Silver Dollar

 

Owner: Mike Bamber

 

Better then the Original


According to Mike Bamber, The original "Silver Dollar" was built over 45 years ago "with a lot of help from many friends." we should all have such friends if the photo below is any indication. The original "Silver Dollar" was a 1941 willys pick-up built for drag racing in the days before catalytic converters and unleaded fuel. Mike says he named the the "Silver Dollar" because it "took many of them, and six-packs, to build it." Money for the parts, six-packs for the friends needed to complete it. Once completed the Willys scorched local San Diego drags for several years, winning its fair share of races. Eventually, though, the cost of remaining competetive against high-budget car forced "Silver Dollar" into retirement.

"Introduced in December of 1921, the Peace dollar, designed by medalist Anthony de Francisci, was promulgated to commemorate the signing of formal peace treaties between the Allied forces and Germany and Austria. These treaties officially ended the Allies' World War I hostilities with these two countries. In 1922 the Mint made silver dollar production its top priority, causing other denominations to be produced sparingly if at all that year. Production ceased temporarily after 1928; original plans apparently called for only a one year suspension, but this was extended by the Great Depression. Mintage resumed in 1934, but for only two years." Because of the suspension in minting during the Great Depression, there are no "1932" Peace Dollars. This Peace Dollar is real, but has had the date altered to match the year of the car

The new "Silver Dollar" is Mike's tribute to the original. "I wanted a cool looking street rod with lots of horsepower, and Randy "Mr. Deuce" Clark was the right choice to build it." Sitting on top of the custom-built sifter is brushed aluminum ball from Gennie Shifter. If you've never heard of a Zune, it's sort of like an i-Pod and can store songs, video, pictures, etc. By installing a custom docking station wired to the roadsters speakers, we avoided having to install bulkier conventional car stereo equipment. When not in use, the docking station flips up under the dash.