Buz Divosta’s 46 Ford Convertible
Wild rides are one thing but most hot rodders would agree that any self-respecting collection needs a little variety. There are certain days for driving cars like a Boydster, days when you can fully enjoy the thrill of putting the hammer down on a truly individual car. Sometimes, however, you need to be behind the wheel of something more dignified, something a little less flashy. It can still shout hot rod loud and clear and it can still have a lot more performance than most cars, but it is nevertheless subtle. Such is this Boyd Coddington built 46 Ford convertible built for Buz Divosta, which was completed in 1992 and was featured in the July 1993 issue of Smithsonian magazine. Based on an original chassis fitted with Corvette independent suspension front and rear, powered by a 454 Chevy big-block crate motor painted red to match the exterior. With fuel fed by a four barrel Holley carb, the motor mates through a Turbo-Hydro 350 transmission to a Corvette center section. The rack-and-pinion steering is likewise Corvette and the tilt column is a GM part. The ride is fairly stock except for some subtle modifications. For example, the headlights have been frenched, the hood has been shaved, as has the deck lid, the running boards are blistered and custom rear lights have been frenched into the rear fenders. Also, the bumpers have been smoothed and the grille was painted body color. The chrome side trim is original, but all other chrome, with the exception of the smoothed out bumpers, has been removed. Many hot rod convertibles have been fitted with a Carson-style top but Buz chose to keep his folding top original that seems to be a trend with some of today’s rodders. Upholstered in beige material, the top matches the interior that is upholstered in tan leather. Interestingly, there is no stereo in the ’46 but there is air conditioning, which makes for comfortable cruising, especially when you’re riding on a set of three-spoke Boyd Coddington wheels.