I wanted to emphasize the beautiful lines of an Auburn Boattail Speedster. The goal was to create more of a sports custom rather than a leadsled or tail dragger type of custom. So, rear fender skirts weren't an option for this one. Actually, no real major body modifications have been performed; just a lot of shaving of normally "disturbing" elements. This car shouldn't actually be very difficult to build in real life-depending on "what" you originally start out with, that is!
Let's start from the front as we work our way to the rear of the car. A new, simpler grille insert has been done with vertical bars. Frenched headlights are mounted lower, a little bit forward, and painted to match the body color. The original bumper has been changed to a custom one, maybe from a '46-48 Chevrolet with some cutting and welding while the hood has some serious simplifying on it. Side pipes that are typical for this model have been removed as well as the air vents and emblems. The rear opening of the hood has been restyled to match the front door styling (the hood opening is originally straight). The windshield frame is original except for the mirror, which I moved from the body. The original suicide doors have hidden hinges and shaved handles.
The handmade taillights were inspired by some Figoni and Falaschi Delahaye models. That was the reason why I eliminated the rear bumper as well. Chrome trim in the middle of the trunk has been extended several inches toward the cabin. The hubcaps will continue the list of handmade parts, as they aren't '57 Lincoln, even though you can find similarities in design. I have two color choices: blue with white interior and classic black with Oxblood interior.
Auburn Boattail Speedsters were handbuilt and less than 500 cars were produced from 1935-36, which was Auburn's last production year. I'm not saying you should customize an original Auburn (if you're even in a position to afford one), but there are a great number of decent replicas available for considerably less of an initial investment-just be prepared to do a lot of 'glass work!