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’53 Honk Magazine car For Sale


For sale on eBay  is a true piece of Hot Rod history! This 1940 Ford was chopped and channeled and customized by Fred Cain of New England, U.S.A., and he first raced it in 1948.


October 29,2013
Update November 06 (Auction was ended, Reserve price not met)

Text from the aBay ad
Fred is in the New England Hot Rod Hall of Fame. His notes say that he first drag-raced it on the Beverly Airport starting at 5 AM until they were blown off by the first plane that landed. (He was part of the movement to get the airports to allow drag racing.)


Fred drag-raced until 1978. Fred still loves to go fast in his snowmobile, and he recently told me the last 7 miles of his last ride he went 92 mph!

The car was featured in Honk Magazine in 1953. They weren’t sure if it was a hot rod or custom. Fred won a trophy for the car, and a picture is included.


The car was restored in 2009 with all new everything. New paint & interior to be as it was first done. Also with a new grill and headlight trim; new 8-BA flathead engine with polished Edelbrock heads and intake; new carbs; late model distributor machined to fit; new radiator with electric fan (does not over heat); new generator and starter; new brakes and lines; HP coated exhaust; re-chromed bumpers; new Firestone tires; new 39 dash with new gauges and steering wheel; and a new cloth wiring harness.

It starts right up, drives good and brakes great! Fred never had a hood on his car as it added weight. When it was restored they had a hood made for it. It looks good either way.



Rik Hoving

Rik is the CCC editor in chief. As a custom car historian he is researching custom car history for many years. In 2004 he started the Custom Car Photo Archive that has become a place of joy for many custom car enthousiasts. Here at CCC Rik will bring you inspiring articles on the history of custom cars and builders. Like a true photo detective he will show us what's going on in all those amazing photos. He will write stories about everything you want to know in the realm of customizing. In daily life Rik is a Graphic Designer. He is married to the CCC webmaster and the father of a 10 year old son (they are both very happy with his excellent cooking skills)

One thought on “’53 Honk Magazine car For Sale

  • Rik,
    Do you know if this car did or didn’t sell please?
    I’ve some potential interest if it’s still potentially for sale.

    Thanks Justin

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