photos: Hot Rod
Working on a real special feature for the next issue of AUTOCULT and we need your help: we’re searching for this righteous ’31 Model A coupe (and don’t go calling it a “five-window” – Model A coupes were only five-windows, unlike the coupe body that superseded it and was available in five or three-window versions).
We found a blurry photo of it while working on this feature and couldn’t make out the details. Plus, we had heard rumors its builder had been killed in a drag racing accident, among other things. So, we reached out to the human hot rod encyclopedia, Greg Sharp, at the NHRA Museum for some help.
Turns out, it was built by Dick Patterson in Rialto, CA back in the early Sixties and was painted a beautiful bright copper and made the cover of the November, ’64 issue of Car Craft before being painted blue and striped for and featured in the January ’66 issue of Hot Rod. We found Dick, but he told us it went to Washington state sometime in the late Sixties and that’s where the trail runs cold.
If this car is still intact, it’s not easily forgotten: a chopped A coupe with the rolled cowl and a Model T grille is rare enough, but that twin-McCollough blown Y-block, the blue plexi roof insert, the Kubrick-esque interior and those neat slots with the dress tri-bar knock-offs really sets it apart from other cars of the era.
Has anyone seen this car in the last, say, forty years or so? Did it ever leave Washington? Was it destroyed? Parted out? Is it in another state? Country? We’ve got our feelers out, but we’d love to hear from you if you can drop knowledge. Hey, we can’t pay you for your time, but you’ll get credit in the book and that’s got to be worth something, right? No? OK, twist our arms: if you’re responsible for connecting us to Dick Patterson’s long-lost Model A coupe, we’ll reward you with one of everything we make: copy of Issue #1 and every product we sell. Hey, that’s all we’ve got!
In the meantime, here are some shots from the Hot Rod feature to refresh your memory and it’s an understatement to say that we really look forward to hearing from you…