Johnny Z’s – 1932 Ford Roadster SCARLET
Called SCARLET, this trick ride out of Johnny Z’s is like a brand, new car wrapped in a 1932 roadster body. It contains 12 computers that control every aspect of the vehicle, including the EFI engine, electric windows, door poppers, rear parking sensors – even the readouts for the digital instruments. The Dearborn steel body has been outfitted with Johhny Z’s own five-piece bonnet and custom rear belly pan that features flush-fitting LED taillights and centre-exit exhaust. Befitting of lady who gioes by the name SCARLET, the body is finished in a very dramatic custom HOK candy red.
Underneath is a trick chassis and suspension set-up that includes independent front suspension (in polished stainless) and a highly-detailed Kugel Komponents independent rear end, that’s outfitted with in-board disc brakes and a nine-inch centre section. Sitting in front of the polished, fluted firewall is the aforementioned EFI engine; a Weiand-blown, 350 Chev topped with a bug-catcher scoop (converted to EFI) that runs electric fly-by-wire throttle. Thanks to a host of little tricks like this, there’s no wiring to be seen.
The fully-functional interior is equipped with climate controlled air-conditioning, custom bucket seats and swaths of high-end Connolly leather. And just like a modern luxury machine, the soft top folds neatly away, under a panel in the rear of the hot rod. The whole build has taken just 11, short months, with the crew from Johhny Z’s really burning the midnight oil. Everything on SCARLET is totally different to your traditional hot rod – it’s more like a modern ’32 that’s just rolled off the production line yesterday.