Sam Pack Collection

14-15 November 2014

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Lot 220

1926 Ford Roadster Custom "Golden Era" by Rick Dore

  • Chassis no. TT13444904

Sold for $44,000


325 bhp, Ford 351 cu. in. OHV V-8 engine with a four-barrel carburetor, three-speed Ford C-4 automatic transmission, front tube axle with transverse leaf springs, ladder-bar rear suspension with hairpins, coil-overs, and a Ford 9-inch rear axle, and four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 106 in.

  • Built by noted customizer Rick Dore; Featured in Street Rodder magazine in August 2006


One of hot rod and custom car culture’s more recognizable names, Rick Dore, got his start in creating custom cars in the early 1990s and then eventually transitioning both his fanatical attention to detail and unique designs to the world of hot rods. With numerous awards and show-winning custom creations to his name, he has become a mainstay in the custom car culture.

Working with his daughter Suzanne, Dore’s design for this car evokes hot rods of the 1960s, which is known as the Golden Era of hot rod history, where cars were inspired by earlier hot rods but still bore visual cues to contemporary vehicles. Dore sought to evoke the same principles in Golden Era, so he created a car design that evokes hot rods of the past but still stands on its own.

There’s certainly nothing subtle about this Roadster from the outside, as it boasts a truly striking translucent Melon pearl finish that is further accentuated by a pearl white interior with black carpets and whitewall tires, and the powertrain is anything but as well. Golden Era was built on an extended and boxed Model T frame and sports a longer 106-inch wheelbase. It is powered by a 351-cubic inch Ford V-8 that is topped with a massive four-barrel carburetor and can produce 325 horsepower. Power is sent to a Ford nine-inch rear axle with 3.73 gears through a Ford C-4 automatic transmission.

Golden Era was purchased shortly after completion by John O’Quinn in August 2006, the same month it was featured in Street Rodder magazine, and then it found its home in the Sam Pack Collection several years later. Accompanying the car is a binder of documentation and photographs that illustrate the car’s build. This Ford Custom still shows quite well and would be a compelling addition to any hot-rodder’s garage.

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Alexander Weaver

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Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

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Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

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Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

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California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

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United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

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Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

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Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

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Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

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Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

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California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

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United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

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Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

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United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

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United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

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Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

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California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

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United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more