“Blind Date” – Sonny Freeman’s ’32 Ford Coupe
Sonny Freeman’s ’32 Ford three-window coupe is appropriately titled “Blind Date” because he and Talbert Goldman of Mike Goldman Customs had an agreement that he couldn’t see the car until it was complete. Sonny wanted a fresh take on a classic Deuce and trusted Talbert to run free with his ideas. The result is distinctive, different, and simply incredible.
Guided by Eric Brockmeyer design renderings, the Goldman team built a custom frame using a Heidts IFS with RideTech coil-overs and a Kugel IRS with a quick-change center section. Wilwood brakes mount behind distinctive one-off 18×7- and 20×10-inch wheels whittled by Mike Curtis. Power comes from a Roush-built 427c.i. Ford V8 fed by Borla eight-stack injection and backed by a Bowler 4L80E transmission.
The much-modified body features a 3.5-inch top chop, laid-back A-pillar, custom glass roof insert, 4-inch stretch, raised rear wheel well, a custom rolled pan with machined taillights by Dan Baker, and a tasty Axalta Latte finish. The equally custom cabin features Classic Instruments in a one-off cluster, a distinctive one-off wheel on an Ididit column, and yards of beautiful brown leather tastefully stitched by Paul Atkins.
The coupe first captured our attention this year at the Grand National Roadster Show, and it impressed us even more as we studied it carefully in Del Mar. It proves that some well-founded blind faith can lead to very impressive results.