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Lot Number
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From The Jimmie Taylor Collection
1933 Ford Custom Show Rod "Colorado Gold"
The Auburn Auction

Offered Without Reserve

CHASSIS NO: 1D2317
• Full-custom show rod with known history dating to 1959
• Well known and longtime Denver, Colorado-area vehicle
• Built and modified by Al Coffern over several versions during 1960s
• Featured in top magazines – twice during the ‘60s in Hot Rod

Bored and stroked 1942-vintage Flathead Ford V-8 engine, Offenhauser aluminum cylinder heads, twin Stromberg ‘97’ carburetors on Offenhauser intake, ’39 Ford three-speed manual transmission, 1942 Mercury solid-axle front suspension and custom rear suspension with transverse leaf springs and split hairpins, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 99.5"


In the world of vintage show rods, a number of custom pickups based on early-1930s Fords have assumed iconic status, including George Barris’ Ala Kart to Ray Fahrner’s Eclipse, and the Grasshopper by the Alexander Brothers, who went on to create the visionary Dodge D100-based Deora of auto-show, magazine, and Hot Wheels fame. While the Grasshopper was a stunning show-quality hot rod, it was also the A-Bros’ rolling billboard and “parts chaser,” as was “Colorado Gold,” the wild full-custom vehicle offered here, which possesses rich history including several high-profile magazine features.

A former shop truck used by Al Coffern of Denver, Colorado, the “Denver Daddy” was first restored to stock form in 1959. Through the 1960s, Coffern customized and transformed the truck at least six times, with each successive version more radical than the last, reportedly earning many show awards in the process. Mr. Coffern’s work on the truck was innovative and of particularly high quality, earning nationwide “cover car” status and a feature in the December 1963 Hot Rod magazine. At the time, while relatively stock in basic appearance, the truck featured a four-inch roof chop, the wheelbase was shortened four inches, the front fenders were moved back, the cargo bed was shortened 11 inches, and the body was channeled five inches over the frame rails. The ’33 Ford pickup suspension remained stock, ’59 Cadillac taillights were fitted, and the interior was custom-upholstered. Power was delivered by a beautifully detailed, chromed, and polished Flathead Ford V-8 with low-profile Roots blower, twin Strombergs, and Offy heads and intake, with power handled by a later-model three-speed and rear end.

By the time it returned to Hot Rod’s pages in July 1968, modifications were far more drastic, including a sectioned Deuce radiator shell, low-mounted headlamps, nerf bars, unskirted front fenders, and birch for the side panels, running boards, and dash panel, plus a custom console for the speedometer and control switches. Clear Plexiglas replaced the firewall, forward floor, and cargo-bed floor, revealing the engine and heavily chromed and detailed suspension. As a final touch, twin radio antennae were frenched into the upper cab corners.

During the 1970s, the famous pickup was purchased by Lanny Pierson of Littleton, Colorado and modified further into its current form with a new Aztec Gold paint job, extensive pin striping, unique painted scenes on each door celebrating Colorado’s rich frontier heritage, and other updates, including removal of the blower, with the Flathead essentially unchanged otherwise. Renamed “Colorado Gold,” the pickup was featured in print once again, this time in a two-page 1976 Rod Action Yearbook spread. More recently, Denver Gold was acquired by Joe Taylor of Huntington, West Virginia and shown there at the 2009 World of Wheels. Fittingly, the pickup was depicted in event coverage in the December 2009 issue of Cruisin’ Times magazine. Subsequently, it joined The Jimmie Taylor Museum Collection and it was featured as the November car in the 2011 Street Rods calendar.

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