Words by Harry / Pics by MS Photo
For as long as I could remember I have always been a car nut. I love cars so much I have a made a living in the automotive industry. Sometimes I feel I was born in the wrong era. My fascination for cars from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s has been nothing but obsessive. I love cars that evoke emotion, cars that are legendary and timeless. I am an 80’s baby so yes a BMW 325is will be legendary to me but is it really?
Sometimes we are so easily influenced in society. The era we are born in, the first car we ever purchase, television and magazines all play an integral role in our decisions in cars. I think a crash course in the history of cars will make any open minded individual rethink his or her opinion in preference.
I first met Leonard at the Gas Magazine state of stance event, he arrived with his 69 Camaro and this 1933 Chevrolet coupe. A standard Chevy coupe would have been impressive but a coupe chop, dropped and given the kitchen sink is nothing short of breathless. If you are a car person like me , then shows such as Counting cars, Overhauling and Classic restorations are only second to Suits. I have always wanted a hot-rod. I love the fact you cannot buy a hot-rod, you can only build them. This separate’s the average Joe with deep pockets and no vision that would rather buy a supercar only for image from the connoisseur that builds a ride that turns heads anywhere he goes. The Chevrolet Standard Six (Series DC) was launched in 1933, initially as the Chevrolet Mercury. All models were powered by a 181 cu in (2,970 cc) six-cylinder valve-in-head engine producing 60 bhp (45 kW; 61 PS) at 3,000 rpm and 125 lb·ft (169 N·m) of torque giving the car a top speed of around 40km/h.
Leonard’s coupe is slightly different , 350 Chevy , Edelbrock performer ram aluminum heads, cams, air gap manifold, shifter kit, roller rockers, bottom chop, custom ceramic coated manifold, jag suspension, roll cage ,Dakota digital speedo cluster, billet pedals, locav handbrake, bucket seats and American racing rims. All these modifications, coupled with love and dedication for over 3 and half years results in a one off custom street rod machine. The custom spray job on this steel body is incredible. The 3 tone look spray job was sprayed nine times over. That is attention to detail is if you ask me. I do hope that Leonard does get his dream of taking this coupe to the motorway from Brussels to spa in Belgium. The Monaco circuit would be the icing on the cake. This 1933 Chevy is a long way from his beloved escourt panel van. When you wait almost for years to complete a build, you develop a bond with a car. I dare not ever ask Leonard if he would ever consider selling his baby. I see myself one day in the near future taking that weekend drive to with the future Mrs Naidoo on a nice long drive through the midlands.
Here is something to think off; in 1933 car designers did not have access to fancy designing programs like corel or Photoshop. They had to design freehand similarly to how chip foose does his renderings. Now think of cars of the present day and exactly how limited they look in terms of design and how often we find numerous car brands looking similar. Leonard’s dream car is a 69 Dodge Charger and is currently working on a Chevy Chevelle SS that is going to blow people’s mind. We will keep you posted on the build. We will even consider stalking him to ensure we are the first to bring this car to Gas Magazine.
Special thanks go out to Dave Harden Panelbeaters, Greg and Brad from Speedway auto. They have played an integral role in the build of this beauty.