- Photos Courtesy of: hotrod.com, Text and Errors by: Chris Breeden

The Mulholland Speedster

An Award Winning 1936 Packard Roadster

After Bruce Wanta of Bellevue, WA attended the 2009 Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, CA, he decided he wanted to build a car to compete in the show.

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After speaking to Troy Ladd of Hollywood Hot Rods, Bruce decided to build a custom out of a 1936 Packard Coupe.

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The car would end up being built in the same tradition of a coach built car.

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For a power plant they would select a 1941 Lincoln V-12. The transmission is a Borg Warner T5. The rear end features a Winters quick change center section in a custom built IRS set up.

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A set of Hogan New Zealand heads were used. A Hogan intake was modified for use with a Latham axial flow supercharger.

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The leather interior was stitched by Elegance Auto Interiors. The Packard inspired gauges were built by Redline Gauge Works.

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The steering wheel was created by J. B. Donaldson Co.

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Plenty of foot room to work that T5. The brakes are '41 Lincoln.

When you have your car custom made, you can include things like hidden umbrellas and a flask under the passenger's seat.

The suspension and the roof can be operated with a key fob, but extra controls are included in the glove box.

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Every square inch of this car is stunning!

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A few parts on the car did come from a 1936 Packard coupe, but the majority of the car is all hand fabricated.

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Even the stock Packard headlights have had these trim pieces added.

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The DuVall style windshield looks right at home.

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With the push of a button, the car can go from a weather tight coupe, to a beautiful roadster.

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The custom mixed paint is available from PPG paints. The color is called Mulholland Merlot.

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All photos have come from hotrod.com. Please head over there and check out even more photos of this beautiful car!

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Bruce presented the roadster at the 2017 Grand National Show and took the top honor. Winning the AMBR (America's Most Beautiful Roadster) award is the highest honor a custom car can achieve in the United States. The Mulholland Speedster is truly in a class by itself!

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What do you all think? A lovely car? The play thing of rich people with too much money? Let us know in the comments. If you need me, I'll be in my lowly old truck! Keep on Cruisin'!

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Comments (8)

  • Breathtakingly beautiful

      2 years ago
  • There is a major problem with that car. It's not mine. Other than that... Jeeeeeebus.... perfection.. Thanks for showing us Chris, great article!

      2 years ago
    • Its so perfect it's almost a clique to keep calling it beautiful, but that's the best word for it!

        2 years ago
  • That is absolutely amazing.

      2 years ago
  • Gorgeous car.

      2 years ago
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