AMBR of 1950: The Niekamp Roadster

It’s time for AMERICA’S MOST BEAUTIFUL ROADSTER! This one here from Bill Niekamp started it all back in 1950 and set the standards for the coming AMBRs up until today.

This 1929 Ford Roadster was built in 1949 by Bill Niekamp, one year later it was the first-ever winner of the America’s Most Beautiful Roadster trophy at the National Roadster Show in 1950. Niekamp used parts from various cars such as a 1927 Essex frame, a modified 1942 Mercury V8 Flathead engine and a 1939 Ford rear axle.

The hood panels and nosepiece were hand-fabricated in aluminum. Although intended for street use, performance modifications on this car enable it to achieve a top speed of 142.4 miles per hour at the El Mirage dry lake in 1952.

If you wanna go check out this badass piece of machinery and history, it’s on display at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles along with some other absolutely stunning cars, motorcycles and other precious pieces showcasing the history of the automobile.