Starting life as a Ford Model T Coupe from back in 1927 – smack in the middle of the Prohibition Era and bootlegging – the Gold Brick became what it is today sometime in the 2000s, mostly thanks to a man named Bob “Bleed” Merkt.
Well-known and respected in the hot rod community, Merkt first got its working gloves alongside Jesse James at the Austin Speed Shop before moving on and starting Midwest Fabrication in his home Wisconsin, where the Gold Brick was built.
Apart from the extensive gold accents all around and inside the car, the hot rod sports a look not unlike the bootlegging Fords of old, despite the Model T Coupe from ‘27 not being the most used base for such a build in the industry.
You can imagine the amount of measuring, chopping and welding that needed to be done before the car started to resemble what it is today.
White, the occasional red and the amber gear shifter are the only non-golden colors that complete what now looks like Austin Powers’ Goldmember ride if he lived in the 1930s and casually indulged in smuggling Moonshine from time to time.
Like many other Ford hot rods from its era, the car is powered by a Chevrolet engine, a small-block 283 tri-power V8 mated to a 3-speed manual transmission. Three two-barrel Rochester carburetors sit proudly atop an Edelbrock intake manifold, making for a truly old-school look for the exposed engine.
The stripped-out hot rod is currently for sale at Garage Kept Motors for a rather reasonable $23,900, especially considering the amount of work it must have taken to be completed.