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The "Renaissance Roadster", a custom 1933 Ford owned by Nancy and Buddy Jordan, designed by designed by Chris Ito and Steve Fris

PHOTOS: Hand-Built Roadster Wins the Ridler Award

Anthony Bowe is the digital content editor of THE SHOP magazine.

The dark, ruby-red Renaissance Roadster was honored with the prestigious Ridler award on Sunday at Detroit Autorama at the Cobo Center in Detroit. See the car by clicking the thumbnails published above. 

Owned by Nancy and Buddy Jordan, the Renaissance Roadster started as a 1933 Ford but hand crafted into a league of its own by Steve’s Auto Restorations. The custom vehicle was designed by Chris Ito and Steve Frisbie of Steve’s Auto Restorations, located in Portland, Oregon.

Renaissance Roadster was hand built and CNC machined from aluminum and steel sheet, tube and billet. The car emerged as the best of the top eight finalists—famously known as the Great 8. See the rest of the Great 8 finalists in the eNewsletter later this week.

Full specifications of the Renaissance Roadster include:

Body & Sheet Metal: Hand crafted from .063 and 3003 aluminum

Frame: Hand built from 3/16-inch steel plate and 1-1/2 inch diameter chrome moly tubing. Fairings and windows fabricated from 19-gauge steel

Front Suspension: Steve’s Auto Restorations independent split tube axle, remote shocks with custom machined ends and frame mounts, CNC-machined aluminum hair pins, rack and pinion steering with CNC-machined tie rods

Rear Suspension: CNC-machined A-arms, uprights and half shafts. Remote shocks utilizing CNC machined rockers and links. Mustang IRS third member smoothed and fitted with CNC machined axle stubs

Brakes: 4-Wheel Wilwood disc, CNC-machined backing plates with directional openings, caliper covers and steeping arms

Wheels: CNC machined with directional openings, custom enameled center cap emblem

Engine: GM Performance anniversary edition 427-029 with aluminum block and heads. Entire engine was sanded until smooth, CNC machined oil pan, valve covers, air cleaner, beltless water pump and alternator housing. AutoTrend EFI custom tri-power with Steve’s Auto Restorations-modified Edelbrock intake manifold. Internally modified alternator by Powermaster. Steve’s Auto Restorations-built stainless steel exhaust system with CNC machined tips

Radiator: CNC-machined aluminum tanks, outlets and fan shroud

Transmission: GM 4L60 with smoothed case and CNC machined pan. CNC machined and tapered aluminum driveshaft

External/Interior Trim: Combination of CNC-machined and Steve’s Auto Restorations-crafted parts in aluminum, brass and steel

Headlights: Steve’s Auto Restorations-formed buckets with cast bezels, modified 1934 Chrysler lenses. Fitted with HID lighting and cusom halo accent lighting

Bumpers: Custom-shaped rear bumper with LED lighting, hand shaped and fitted lens. CNC-machined front bumper

Interior: Steve’s Auto Restorations-machined gas and brake pedals with hand-fabricated linkage. CNC-machined steering wheel and column drop. 1930 Nash instrument cluster with custom classic instruments. Hand-formed aluminum console and dash. Hand-build shift linkage with cast shift lever. Custom hidden control switch panel. Hand formed, removable hard top. CNC-machined rear window frames. 1931 Cadillac dome lights. Hand formed chrome-plated trim. Custom-built seats and door panels covered in leather and cloth.