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This 1932 Ford can rival the best super cars of India

January 09, 2014 10:07 IST

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Businessman and Super Car Club founder Gautam Singhania unveiled American Hot Rod - Rebel that will participate in Parx Super Car Show 2014 on January 12.

This gorgeous Ford model is among the few hot rods that exist in India, and its owner (Singhania) looked mighty proud of his acquisition while showing the car to the media.

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The car is a 1932 Ford is rebuilt completely and houses a V8 Chrysler engine, which produces 500 BHP.

When Singhania started the engine and revved it, bystanders could feel the potential the car holds. For enthusiasts, the sound of the exhaust - deep and crisp, was music to the ears.

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Singhania sourced this Ford car and rebuilt in Bangalore. What you see in the photos is still not a finished product. It further needs a paint job.

“The guy who will hand paint the car has a 6 x 4 feet workshop. This car measure over 7 feet. As we talk, he is rebuilding his work shop to accommodate the hot rod,” said Singhania.

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Though built in Bangalore, the parts of the cars are sourced from all over the world.

“We ordered parts of this over the internet and patiently waited for them arrive,” Singhania said.

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With its V8 engine and amazing power, the car can attain a top speed between 150 kmph and 200 kmph.

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When asked about the money spent on restoring the car, Singhania refrained mentioning the amount.

“The car is not yet complete as you can see. So, I can’t put a figure right now,” Singhania said.

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Hot rods are typically American cars. Their engines are modified to achieve higher performance.

Some say that they are called hot rods as contraction of the word ‘hot roadster’.

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The first hot rods were old cars (most often Fords, typically Model Ts, 1928–31 Model As, or 1932-34 Model Bs), modified to reduce weight.

Typical modifications were removal of convertible tops, hoods, bumpers, windshields, and/or fenders; channeling the body; and modifying the engine by tuning and/or replacing with a more powerful type, according to Wikipedia.

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Singhania is famous for his passion for automobiles. He not only owns a variety of fast cars but has also trained on tracks. He also has a track at his company’s facility in Thane.

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Singhania got the first drift car in the country and has won All Stars Drift European Series held in Malta in September 2012 in the amateur category.

He is the first Indian to win the prestigious European drift series.

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His passion for auto led him to start the India’s first Super Car Club and he now holds Super Car Shows every year.

This year’s one-day super high-end automobile extravaganza will be held in Mumbai January 12, which is likely to see the participation from 60-65 members pan India.

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"The sixth edition of the Parx Super Car Show features the world's most talked about exotic super cars on display,’ Singhania.

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The show will include cars such as Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Ferrari, Porsche, Rolls-Royce Bentley, Audi and Mercedes.

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In a country like India super car market stood at around 300. Singhania feels that high duty structure and lack of infrastructure and after-sales service remain roadblocks in the growth of super car market in the country.

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"The government has levied a 170 per cent import duty on super car. It is ridiculous. Moreover, absence of good infrastructure like quality roads are also hampering the growth of the segment," said Singhania.


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