Jack T. Chandler's 1941 Ford
1941 Ford restyled by Spohn Coachworks for Jack T. Chandler of Huntsville, Texas. Major Jack T. Chandler of the US Air Force brought the Ford to Germany where he was stationed. According to a featured story in Speed Age October 1952, Major Chandler designed the car himself, inspired by the 1951 Buick XP300 and the 1951 GM LeSabre concept cars. He turned the building over to Ravensburg Gaerm; "A company that had customized cars for Herr Goebbels in the Hitler era."
Major Chandler decided to keep the normal road clearance and window height. Hood and rear deck lids were double steel. All parts were hand-formed, and according to William Clark of Speed Age, "...the fit and contour are remarkably smooth." The car was fit with a quick release top, formed from steel, that Spohn padded and covered with fabric. The front end design looked like a narrowed 1951 Buick XP300. The hood followed the patterns of the German Veritas racing car, and it featured a ram scoop that fed air directly into a single carburetor. The body structure was made of welded tubular steel, and the bumpers were hand-formed. The interior was finished in heavy plastic, tan and green. The front seat was divided with a radio enclosed in the center section. The stock power plant was kept. When the car was featured in Speed Age, Chandler had brought the car to Texas, and he was planning on installing a new overhead power plant.
Magazine Features and Appearances
Did you enjoy this article?
Kustomrama is an encyclopedia dedicated to preserve, share and protect traditional hot rod and custom car history from all over the world.
- Help us keep history alive. For as little as 2.99 USD a month you can become a monthly supporter. Click here to learn more.
- Subscribe to our free newsletter and receive regular updates and stories from Kustomrama.
- Do you know someone who would enjoy this article? Click here to forward it.
Can you help us make this article better?
Please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have additional information or photos to share about Jack T. Chandler's 1941 Ford.
This article was made possible by:
SunTec Auto Glass - Auto Glass Services on Vintage and Classic Cars
Finding a replacement windshield, back or side glass can be a difficult task when restoring your vintage or custom classic car. It doesn't have to be though now with auto glass specialist companies like www.suntecautoglass.com. They can source OEM or OEM-equivalent glass for older makes/models; which will ensure a proper fit every time. Check them out for more details!
Do you want to see your company here? Click here for more info about how you can advertise your business on Kustomrama.