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THE ROD OF THE '80s

If you flip to page 60, you'll see us reveling in the glories of the street machines of the late '70s and early '80s. Thing is, many of those blown and overtired fantasies also lived in the street rod realm and not just on the muscle cars of the time. Case in point is this: one of the signature cars of the late '70s. It was even selected as one of the 75 most influential '32 Fords on the 75th anniversary of the Deuce. It's Phil Cool's roadster, the 1978 winner of the America's Most Beautiful Roadster award and the star of the July '78 issue of HOT ROD. For many readers, the screaming orange '32 set the image of a '70s hot rod with a 6-71-blown, 427ci big-block Chevy, a four-speed, and those gigantor Goodyear slicks. This photo is an outtake from Gray Baskerville's coverage of the Grand National Roadster Show in the May '78 issue, though that story never used the event's given name. Back then, it was just the Oakland Roadster Show. And back then, Phil Cool's ride ruled.

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