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Back in the 1940's, the original 1932 Plymouth PB roadster body tub and trunk was vertically cut in half (front to rear) and the entire tub was widened 6 inches.  The 1938-9 Graham Sharknose hood was cut lengthwise completely in half and narrowed 5 inches and chopped down a couple of inches with a custom top cowl fabricated to the tilting chopped windshield which is a 1930’s mopar of some kind.  The Graham Sharknose  grille and side hoods are custom narrowed and curved to fit the body and the Sharknose front apron cut and reshaped to fit between the front 1932 Plymouth fenders. 

The top of the ’32 Plymouth doors are custom-cut curved down (they were straight across the top edge from the factory) to create that arm-out-the-window driving.  A 1938-9 Lincoln dash was cut down to fit into the car and a 1941 Lincoln V12 Speedometer inserted.  The ’32 Plymouth trunk was also widened 6 inches, altered some, I think, and a custom rear body extension made to lengthen the car with a custom sunken spare tire cover installed.  The entire floor under the seats and inside the trunk are custom fabricated and the ’32 Plymouth X-frame cut to permit sunken footwells.  It has a dropped tube axle added (1934-8?)  with later 1930’s juice brakes and moved shock towers in the front and rear for some reason.  The rear fenders and taillights may be modified and their identity unknown to me, but clearly made in the 1930’s.   The origin of the bumpers and bumperettes are unknown to me though the rear bumper curves up at the end as would a ’41 Mercury or Ford.  Also, “Dudley Sportster” name plaques on the running board step-plates were added and a tag on the cowl mounted under the hood which reads only “3”.  

Overall, the car is assembled with parts from 1932-1939 with the exception of smaller items which might have been added later on, (hood ornament, Fenton headers and intake, Tru-spoke wheels).

This car is basic; it has no: top, windows, inside handles, turn signals, heater, radio, seat belts, wipers, emergency brake… no options except fog lights.  The electrical system is still a  6-volt system and body filler is lead.   The engine is a 1937 Dodge truck flathead six, with a 3-speed on the floor and that’s about it; it runs good and is rust free.   It is in ok scruffy condition, carrying probably a 30 year old redo of paint/ interior, etc., so it may not look exactly as it did in its original 1940’s custom design.  This is where we need your help to identify the original custom configuration.

If you would like to see the front, side and rear of the Dudley Sportster as it compares to an original 1932 Plymouth Business roadster that it started from, check these photos out!