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Based on: Chris Ito & Steve Frisbie design

Engine: 4.6

Horsepower: 400 HP

Suspension: one-off IRS & IFS

Completed: 2010

The creative pride and joy of Steve’s Auto Restorations is this one-of-a-kind Roadster designed by Chris Ito. Initial plans called for 12 aluminum fendered and 12 aluminum fenderless examples to be available for commission, with car number 1 reserved for Steve himself. Plans have changed however, and only one steel body, the prototype, was produced. Additionally only one aluminum body was also produced.The aluminum bodied version will be completed as a fendered car. Every inch of the one-off Roadster has been completely hand formed and fabricated. The sleek and refined body is formed by hand over wooden bucks that were fabricated with the aid of a full scale drawing. The hand built chassis with tubular cross-members appears to consist of a simple dropped solid axle front suspension, but is actually much more complicated. The dropped axle is not a solid tube, but rather a split unit that allows the front wheels to articulate independently of each other. Each half of the axle is mated to a cantilevered push/pull rod that runs inside the frame rails to horizontally mounted coil-over shocks located beneath the “A” piller under the passenger compartment. A Mustang Cobra IRS transfers the power, but does so through handmade upper and lower control arms with a cantilevered coil-over shock arrangement. Although a potent choice for motivation, the supercharged Mustang Cobra 4.6 liter engine created a packaging nightmare. The under-hood dilemas were resolved by clever problem solving that resulted in stylish and symmetrical solutions that utilized every inch of usable space. A truly cutting edge rod! PVD coated “one-off” Ito designed and Boyd constructed wheels compliment the entire package. Fitted matching luggage was fabricated for the trunk area. You gotta’ have room for the little lady’s paraphenalia and a bottle of wine and two glasses on that road trip you know! The body is painted in a deep mirror finish black and a metallic red two tone insert. The interior is a Sid Chavers creation in high quality black leather with red stitching. This car has just come up for sale and is offered at the fraction of the cost of a “one-off” scratch built creation like this. Asking price is $325,000.00.