DECEMBER 2016 FEATURED CAR
Written by Doug Bithell
1932 FORD 3 WINDOW COUPE
Owner: Gene Hopcus
COLOR: BLACK UPHOLSTERY: TAN LEATHER
ENGINE: CHEVY 350 4-BOLT MAIN TRANS: 350 AUTOMATIC
REAR END: 9” FORD WHEELS: BILLET SPECIALTIES
Have you ever heard the song the beach Boys sang, “Little Deuce Coupe”? Well here is the car they were singing about! Only, this one does not have a “flathead mill, lake pipes, or four on the floor”. What it does have is a totally chromed out 350 mill, Magnaflow Exhaust System, a smooth Chevy 350 tranny, leather interior with a very comfortable Glide bench seat, really cool air conditioning, all wrapped up in gorgeous black body with pin-striping to match the color of the upholstery, louvered trunk, don’t forget that iconic Gene Hopcus 32 grill, and “he’s got the pink slip daddy”.
Back in 2004 on Father’s Day Gene was nursing a banged up knee hobbling around and decided to go to the Los Angeles Roadster Show. His wife knowing he had been looking for a roadster said “if you are going to the show why don’t you just buy one”? Well Gene didn't buy a roadster, but he did buy a “Little Deuce Coupe”.
The car was complete when he bought it; that didn’t last long. He started changing things until he got it his way and to the beauty it is today. Gene says if you see it on a trailer, call the cops; it has been stolen. He drives it everywhere and has put on over 30,000 miles to places like Paso Robles (five times), Del Mar, Famoso Raceway Bakersfield, Havasu Arizona, Palm springs, Ventura several times, Santa Anita, Cool Cruise, and lots of local cruises.
Another fine ride to bring credit to Gene and to Cal-Rods. (Sorry about the pictures. We were in a hangar at Chino Airport and the lights reflected off Gene’s highly polished car.)