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In 1998, Terry Cook of Long Valley, NJ saw a Chip Foose sketch of a streamlined boattail speedster and was inspired. Always smitten by the incredible styling of the original Al Leamy-designed Auburn Boattail Speedsters built from 1927-1934 as well as the subsequent Gordon Buehrig-designed 1935 and 1936 Auburn Boattail, Cook contacted Foose, commissioned him to design this very car and embarked on a six year odyssey of a sort to complete the project.

For those of you not familiar with Chip Foose, he is unquestionably the quintessential hot rod, concept car and custom resto-mod muscle car designer & builder of this century. At just age 31, he was the youngest person ever to be inducted into the Hot Rod Hall of Fame at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Foose-designed cars have repeatedly won the most prestigious awards in the industry. These include three consecutive Detroit Autorama Ridler Awards. The most recent Foose-built Ridler winner was valued at $1.7 million. He has also been involved with six different winners of the prestigious AMBR, America's Most Beautiful Roadster Award. Chip is a true pop star in the world of hot rods and custom-built cars.

Starting from scratch and working from Foose's plans for six years, Terry Cook's Deco Rides completed three Speedsters, two of which were sold at auctions at Pebble Beach in 2004 and 2005, each in excess of $100,000. The third was originally conceived also as a full-fendered car but ended up a fun design exercise to see if it would work from a styling standpoint as a fenderless highboy. Of the three, it is perhaps not the most intriguing but it rounds out the assortment nicely.

Cook commissioned Superior Custom Classics of Hudson, FL to construct the cars. Starting with 1998-era Corvettes for the underpinnings, over a one-year period each body and front suspension was stripped and mated with a custom frame. A laid back windshield from Rodware is combined with a custom made stylish convertible top that can be removed from the car, folded up and stowed away in the trunk. Because the windshield is placed at eye level, vision out of the car with the top on is amazingly good. Despite the low profile, there's surprisingly comfortable room for a 6 ft. driver and passenger.

Under the hood, a 346 cubic-inch 345 hp LS1 engine and four-speed transmission from the Corvette round out the drivetrain, along with the complete Corvette rear suspension and brakes. The majority of the driveline is aluminum Corvette including the C-5 torque tube that connects the engine and the transmission. A 1999 Corvette computer was reworked by Speed & Performance of Mena, AR. Weighing about 500 pounds less than the original Corvette, you can contemplate the performance of the resulting power-to-weight ratio. The 20-inch wheels were cut from billet by Colorado Custom especially for this car.

The car is the same length and wheelbase as a 1935 Buehrig-bodied Auburn boat-tail, but it is ten inches lower at the cowl height measurement. It is also a lot faster than the original Auburn. As described above, not only is its bodywork stunning in execution but the reliable and durable Corvette powertrain will propel this masterwork to exhilarating speed in absolute comfort. Trimmed out in the cockpit at least as opulently as on the outside, this custom creation is sure to impress not only those who see it but the lucky individual fortunate enough to be at the controls.


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Thanks for the info Miriam. I didn't recognize it right away... I have seen it before, but it didn't ring a bell... guess my mind is out to lunch.
Neat car, good puzzle.


You have sharp eyes, Pat. I had not seen the front end of this car before you wrote in, now I am upset that I put the wrong label, REALLY WRONG, on it. I have put the history I could find on this puzzle and changed the name. Why it is called a Studebaker anything is beyond me but I don't want to spend any more time finding out. Thanks for the correction, I needed that.


It is very beautiful, but it is some kind of replica or neoclassic version. Late model tail pipes, late model steering wheel, and slanted windshield much later like '80's.


And one didn't need to be a superhero to own it, only super rich. Sigh...


This is making the batmobile very jealous Mischa.

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