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Lakester – like it or loathe it?

Lakester – like it or loathe it?

We know many of you out here aren’t big fans of customizing. We can live with that. But how about going all the way when you decide to tackle a customizing job? We say it can lead to something very cool. Take this Lakester, based on a 1928 Ford. As you may know a Lakester is a post-war invention, like most stuff originating from the Hot Rod scene. But this one oozes an atmosphere that is just right.

Highlights include a custom ‘aerosculpted’ nose cone, sourced from a ‘38 Ford, modified rear from a ’27 car, shaved door handles, engine cover and side panels with louvres everywhere, hand painted pinstriping and least as many mods under the bonnet - the exposed intake stacks of the 350 cubic inches V8 looking through the cover give a clue to that. Suspension and chassis also come from a variety of sources, most of them pre-war or just post war. Shortly, it’s been fabricated with all the right parts for the period – stuff that you could find in scrapyards for shillings and dimes, though this one will have cost considerably more. Wonder what it will do when it comes under the hammer today with Barrett-Jackson. We like it. Do you?

(Pictures courtesy Barrett-Jackson)


#7 2014-09-02 19:59
A "lakester" is a STYLE, not cast in stone, this vehicle fits it exactly.
As for "not authentic to the era" it clearly is in emulation not slavish copying of any particular 30's - 40's stereotype.
We should admire the refreshing openness of American "gearheads" - they love all things automotive just as much as we do.
+1 #6 2014-08-13 07:55
I love 'em all!Restored,Or iginal,Hot-rodded or Modern Replica. I have owned and loved original cars from the 1920s, modified cars in the 1980s and currently own a totally original 1988 IROC z28 Camaro as it is the most practical vehicle for me to have in my current circumstances. I think it shows a particular narrowness of mind to look down upon cars other than your favourite type.
#5 2014-08-12 20:47
as ugly as a lomax
#4 2014-08-12 13:56
Would like it much better if it had drum brakes and a flathead motor. would be more true to the period.
#3 2014-08-12 05:12
A genuine 40s lakester is wayback cooler. For example Art Garrick's four banger, witch still exists:
Other, like Don Waite, built rear engined jobs:
Clearly inspired by the German Auto-Union Grand Prix car
#2 2014-08-12 02:30
The Walt Disney staff would love it! Looks like one of their characterizatio ns of automobiles. Not at all authentic to the era.
#1 2014-08-12 00:51
Yes, absolutely! When it comes to customizing a car, there's doing it right and doing it way wrong. The slightest difference of a body line, the stance of the car or even how much you cut the top, etc. can make or break a custom job. Too many, unfortunately, wind up as hack jobs that make me cringe. There is an art to everything, even cutting up a car to change its looks.

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