Harold Wiley’s big, beautiful four door ‘39 Buick won the Goodguys 2011 Flowmaster America’s Most Beautiful Street Rod title at the 25th Goodguys West Coast Nationals in Pleasanton, CA. The two-tone Buick got the nod over an international cast of street rods marking the first time a four door has won the America’s Most Beautiful Street Rod crown.
Built by Kin-Dig-It Design in Salt Lake City the car blends traditional classic lines with a low slung modern street rod stance. The Kin-Dig-It Design team didn’t alter the car’s factory lines at all opting to keep it primarily stock. The factory chassis was boxed and sculpted using the latest goodies from TCI. The low stance is courtesy of a Ridetech air suspension featuring “Cool Rides” and “Shockwaves.” The stylish 17-inch wheels are Intro “Smoothies” with custom retro center caps designed in house at Kin-Dig-It.
The two tone PPG paint is a mix of pearl gray and white with subtle striping. Inside the roomy cabin is a regal blend of Burl wood and micro suede – perfect for comfortable road trips. Under the long, ultra straight and smooth hood resides a LS2 Chevy V8 with a trick hand fabricated intake and hand built inlet tubes. Everything under the hood is polished and painted with all wires neatly tucked away.
For Wiley, it was his first-ever Goodguys Terrific 12 award win. He had a premonition the car might do well at this season’s bigger events when it won the “Wasatch Cup” at the Salt Lake City Autorama during its debut weekend. For the big win in Pleasanton, Wiley will receive a trip to the Goodguys 14th Southwest Nationals this fall in Scottsdale to display his car in the “Champion’s arena” presented by Street Rod Headquarters. Snap-on will reward him with a custom tool box and for the mantle he received a billet aluminum award from Goodguys.
Fellow award finalists included Ron Beasly, Mobile, AL (’32 Ford), Steve Payne, Manila, Philippines (’33 Ford), Jeff Chandler (’33 Ford), Portland, OR (’33 Ford) and Pete Emory, Clackamus, OR (’36 Ford).