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I had the honor of working with Boyd on his last car, a Delahaye inspired hot rod. He called it the "FRENCH CONNECTION" and it was built for Rocky Walker.
I love art deco, very nice.
Eric this design is incredible. I am a huge fan of Art decco styling. I like your design better than the original Francois Delahaye Type 165. We should talk sometime. KK
I worked on the original 165 for Pebble beach in 06. It has an awesome foundation to imagineer an even better rod like what you rendered. I love the lines you cleaned up in the rendition. The headlight treatment is much smoother and the rake of the grille is perfect. Does the windshield roll down into the dash like on the original? Nice artwork!
Wow that’s cool…. on this version the windshield is stationary, although that is such an interesting feature and even cooler that they were doing it 70 years ago!
It was incredible the things Figoni and Falaschi designed into that car. Aside from the roll down windshield there were little pop out “trafficators” that popped open when a turn signal was turned on. The engine compartment has two “staged” firewalls spaced apart enough to house a skinny 6 volt battery and tools, both firewalls being covered in engine turned aluminum to match the 4 (yep 12 cylinder double overhead cam prototype engine) rounded valve covers. The trunk opened in reverse, just to show off and had only enough room to house one of the huge spare tires. Just above that was a rumble seat, but not really of much use because of foot room. For its time it was a phenomenal car. Gives me goose bumps just wrtiting about it. I was searching around in the artwork area and saw the car that was built from your rendition. Just incrediable. Hats off to your insight and design.
If I remember correctly didn’t the Delahaye club/organization accept this car as an “original”? That’s saying something for the craftsmanship & design.
Eric,I got to see the car when I went out to CA in august. When by American Hot Rods. Dewayne had it there on the lift. Rocky had sent it to him for a potential customer to look at. That’s the kinda of car that made Boyd famous. Loved it. Serious engine in that piece. Hope you are well I know you are busy. Butch took the model A over to paul atkins a couple of weeks ago to get the interior roughed in. Things are going well here. I will stay in touch.
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