• The Indy Speedster is America’s Most Beautiful Roadster

This awesome roadster was crowned America’s Most Beautiful Roadster for 2012 earlier this year at the 63rd annual Grand National Roadster Show. The custom 1927 Ford Track T Roadster, better known as the "Indy Speedster," is owned by Bill Lindig of Houston, Texas, and was built by SoCal Speed Shop in Pomona, California. The craftsmanship that went into this roadster is absolutely amazing. It features an Art Chrisman built small block engine. The 352ci Ford makes over 450HP and is mated to a Tremec T5 five-speed transmission. And don’t think for a second this is just a show car; Bill actually does drive the Indy Speedster.

The Indy Speedster project goes back 16 years. Bill’s friend, Indy car driver Jack Howerton, wanted a racecar-inspired hot rod like the old sprint cars he used to drive. About 12 years ago, Jack started the Chrome-moly chassis, but never finished. Later, he brought in Moal Coachbuilders, and they made some progress, but the car was still very far from complete. Finally, Bill asked Jack to sell him the roadster, and promised him it would get finished. Jack sold the car to Bill, Bill took it to SoCal Speedshop, and the rest is history. As you can tell from the video, no corners were cut and this hot rod was done right.

The Grand National Roadster Show, once known as the Oakland Roadster Show, is the longest running indoor car show in the world. It was held at the Fairplex in Pomona, California for the ninth consecutive year. The show features the best of the best when it comes to roadsters, and this year the Indy Speedster proved to be the absolute best.

Hit the jump to watch America’s Most Beautiful Roadster for 2012 on HOT ROD Unlimited

Timmy Calloway
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  (1332) posted on 08.30.2012

Maybe they can call it a beautiful car. But not the most beautiful car in America. They are just making a big joke.

  (324) posted on 08.14.2012

What a foolish joke. How come they that they said that it was the most beautiful car? It makes me laugh to see the trends in the present time about this car.

  (676) posted on 05.24.2012

Wow, I can’t believe that for them, this Roadster is good enough in the eyes. I think this roadster is beautiful on a different perspective. It’s like its beautiful since it was restored and shows in public that it has survived years after being used commercially. 

  (619) posted on 04.19.2012

This wasn’t an April Fool’s joke I see... I can’t believe the trend nowadays.

  (459) posted on 04.11.2012

Is this sarcasm? To me, it’s the total opposite of what’s on the title.

  (399) posted on 03.27.2012

Are you serious? Oh well, we have different views on what we perceive as beautiful or not.

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