Retired engineer and lifelong car enthusiast Al Nagele of Wilmette, Illinois had always envisioned a street rod roadster. Not a traditional deuce roadster – he wanted something modern with a European sports car panache. Something that blended the Ford’s iconic looks with American performance and handling.
When he finally found the time to get busy on the project, he sat down at his draft table designing and engineering every part, every nut and every bolt. He then turned his design and schematics over to the skilled craftsmen at the Roadster Shop. What emerged was the Deuce Flyer – a roadster that would look at home on the lawn at Pebble Beach, at the local hot rod show or on stage at the Goodguys West Coast Nationals. The Flyer has soared all year. In March is was a Pirelli Great 8 Ridler finalist. In July it was a finalist for Goodguys/Classic Instruments Street Rod of the Year. It took flight in Pleasanton last weekend were it captured the Goodguys 2015 Flowmaster America’s Most Beautiful Street Rod crown. Upon being announced as the winner of the prestigious award, Nagele’s wife Erma ran to embrace her husband of over 50 years, telling the crowd “He’s earned every bit of this honor. He worked so hard engineering every aspect of that car!”
Working straight off Nagele’s design, The Roadster Shop team welded up a custom chassis equipping it with a Pete & Jake’s 5” dropped axle to rest beneath the highly modified Brookville Roadster steel body. Raised rear wheel wells, a reshaped cowl, stretched hood, frenched ’39 Ford taillights and saddle tanks with full belly pans were massaged into place then painted PPG Topaz Metallic by Charley Hutton. Grumbling behind the iconic Pines Winterfront grille is a potent GM LS motor with CNC heads, Comp Cam, Edelbrock dual quads and a sporty Tremec 5-speed. It rolls on coated one off Billet Specialties five-spoke wheels. Beneath the chopped down cloth top (complete with exotic side windows) is a sporty brown & black leather interior by Upholstery Unlimited. The custom dash houses one-off Classic Instruments gauges while the steering wheel and shifter were milled from solid chunks of aluminum.This car might be small but it’s impact is huge.
Nagele’s Deuce Flyer is equal parts exotic touring car, sports car and American hot rod. Both elegant and sporty, it’s a highly refined, well balanced roadster made from a brilliant mind and skilled hands. You won’t see another one like it!
Fellow finalists for Goodguys 2015 Flowmster America’s Most Beautiful Roadster included Dale Fode, Redwood, City, CA (’34 Ford), Greg & Dotty Meyer, Tigard, OR (’33 Chevy), Gary Rasche, Santa Rosa, CA (’32 Dearborn Deuce), and Brian George, Penryn, CA (’47 Ford.)