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American Speed Company was founded by Mark in 2006, and offers everything from personalized components to complete vehicle project execution.
Mark himself has more than 30 years of design expertise and has been involved in design projects with automotive OEMs around the world on an astonishingly wide variety of products, including the Chevrolet SSR, the ASC McLaren Mustang/Capri, the Buick GNX, and numerous concept cars.
A car enthusiast at heart, 13 year old Mark worked with his father to build his first car, a Ford Model A Coupe, and has built more than ten cars since that time. His current project is a 1940 Ford convertible.
Mark has gathered a leadership team of hot rodding enthusiasts who add more than 40 years of design, engineering, and program management experience to the Company. e team includes designers, fabricators, business managers and project managers, who offer customers the professionalism acquired through years of OE experience.
Club Members were extremely impressed as we heard about the details of , viewed, and sat in American Speed’s Speed33 – a modern version of a ’33 Ford roadster. e Speed33 is equipped with structural components that are tied to high-quality body panel stampings that stay true, and features a number of firsts in the industry including the
frame; and the first body design to compensate for both fenderless and full- fendered treatment.
While it honors tradition, the Speed33 is also equipped with subtle improvements throughout that lead to ease of build, A modern top mecha- use and driving experience nism is a feature of the such as power side windows , Speed33 .
a contemporary OEM-spec convertible top assembly that stows completely away under a hard tonneau when not in use, and a roomy passenger compartment that is 4 inches wider and 5 inches longer than a ’32, and sports doors that are stretched 4 inches over stock.
During our tour, Mark previewed an all-new reproduction 1933 grille shell for the antique and street rod markets that they had just developed. is grill is an exact copy that was digitized from a perfect N.O.S. 1933 grille. In this regard, the author was particularly impressed by American Speed’s use of computer tools – including CAD and CAE - to execute its designs.
1933 grill prototype at dierent stamping stages.
American Speed also has exceptional interior and convertible top trimming expertise, and can apply that expertise to your projects!
A Speed33 ready to ship to a customer!
first modern, fully-integrated convertible top in a ’33; the first full substructure design for maximum body rigidity; the first integrated windshield stanchion and windshield
anks here go to Ed Goff for arranging this tour,
and to Mark Trostle and his team for hosting us. For more information, please see http://www. americanspeedcompany.com/mainmenu.html .