• A unique and eye-catching custom hot rod, created by Dave Melling in the 1980s with help from renowned builder Ed Wimble, and which has been recently restored.
  • It is powered by a 3.5-litre Rover V8, with a high-compression block and the cylinder heads from an SD1. This is fed via a Holley carburettor and Offenhauser manifold, and drives the rear wheels via an automatic transmission.
  • This striking custom ‘Model T’ was first featured on the cover of Custom Car magazine in April 1990, and was extensively refurbished in August 2002.
  • The car’s identity with the DVLA is that of a 1959 Standard Vanguard, but the chassis, body, and mechanicals are all completely customised.


  • Finished with black and orange metal flake paintwork, this ‘T’ is appropriately laden with chrome trim and highly polished bespoke exhaust pipes. It rides on a set of wire wheels at the front, with wide slot-mag alloys at the rear that were donated from Ed Wimble’s original original build.
  • As well as its custom-built Rover V8, it also features a limited-slip differential from a Jaguar E-Type, with the crown and pinion from an S-Type and half shafts and hub carried across from a MkX.
  • The car will be accompanied by a substantial file of paperwork, detailing its history and build, with full photo documentation of the seven-year creation process in the 1980s.


  • Crafted from fibreglass, the bodywork is free of any damage.
  • Professionally resprayed to a very high standard, the gloss black and orange metal flake finish is in excellent condition, with a particularly appealing shimmer.
  • All of the chromed trim is in very good order.
  • The black fabric hood is also in great shape, with no rips, tears or fading to speak of.
  • Inside, the bench seat has been re-trimmed in diamond-quilted Connolly black leather and is unmarked.
  • There are no known electrical or mechanical faults.
  • Today, the car remains in excellent running order, and the seller states that it runs and drives as it should.
  • The most recent MOT test on file was on 19 September 2012 at an indicated 280 miles, which was a clean pass with no advisories.


Hand-crafted as a labour of love and built around a body and chassis supplied by famed hot-rodder Ed Wimble, this one-off ‘Model T’ custom car is a truly sensational hot rod. Presented in excellent cosmetic condition and in fine mechanical health, it is sure to turn heads both on the road and on display, and will be a credit to any collection.

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Car Overview

  • 350 miles
  • automatic
  • RHD
  • Black / Orange
  • Black leather
  • 3.5L
  • VINBE147413DLB

Lot Overview

  • Lot #03935
  • private Sale
  • Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom


  • parker

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Interior  (26)

Mechanical  (46)

Documents  (82)

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