Jerry Magnuson’s sleek and stylish ‘Magnatude” ’32 Muroc roadster, hand formed by Marcel and designed by Chip Foose was named America’s Most Beautiful Street Rod presented by Hushpower at the 24th West Coast Nationals in Pleasanton. With the win, Magnatude made it a clean sweep this year winning all three major street rod awards offered by Goodguys. In April the car won the Goodguys Street Rod d’Elegance crown and was named Goodguys/Classic Instruments Street Rod of the Year in Columbus. In being named Goodguys America’s Most Beautiful Street Rod, it marked the first time a car has swept all three coveted awards in the same calendar year.
“Magnatude” is the picture and beauty, grace and performance featuring an LS-1 Chevy with a intercooled Magnacharger (of course!), Tremec 6 speed w/ polished Kugel 9”, Kugel I.F.S & I.R.S., custom Kugel chassis, chopped Carson top, DuVall windshield, hidden headlights, custom dash by Magnuson, Jim Griffin upholstery, tunneled seats and countless other subtle tricks. The paint is two-tone butterscotch pearl with champagne metallic. In traditional So-Cal hot rod fashion, the car features one off Foose designed “bigs and little’s” – 17×7” in front and 20×10” out back wrapped in Scorpion Zero rubber.
Well known throughout the automotive aftermarket for his “Magnacharger” super charger kits, Magnuson was humbled by his third major award this season. “We’ve had a lot of fun with the car this year,” he said. “Receiving an award like this here in Pleasanton competing against the best cars is as good as it gets,” he said.
The top 5 finalists for America’s Most Beautiful Street Rod presented by Flowmaster included Brent Scheider, Pleasanton, CA (’37 Ford Cabriolet), Jerry Magnuson, Ventura, CA (’32 Ford roadster), Cindy Warn, Aurora, OR (1939 Ford), Bill West, Tracy, CA (1939 LaSalle), John Delahunt, Rough & Ready, CA (1937 Ford Woodie).