In 1963, the cover of Hot Rod magazine featured a photo of this chopped, dropped, 1932 Ford roadster with flames on the side, souped V8, and aluminum fuel tank up front created a Marilyn Monroe in a white dress moment in automotive history. It became the textbook example of what a hot rod, in particular a ’32 Ford, is supposed to be.
McMullen daily drove this car and enjoyed pushing it to its limits. In 1964, he entered the Deuce in speed trials at El Mirage and ran a top speed of 167 miles per hour, earning the title of the fastest street rod. McMullen continuously tinkered with this car while using it as his daily-driver throughout the 1960s while appearing magazine and record album covers. But after a decade in the spotlight, he sold it in 1970 for a mere $5,000.
At the time, he needed the money for his business, and that year was the peak of the horsepower wars with Detroit cranking out factory big-block hot rods that made the ’32 Roadster tired by comparison. McMullen stated in past interviews that selling this car was one of his biggest mistakes in life.