Stallion 1934 Ford Coupe + Mercury Monarch
Stallion has a colorful history for an award winning show car. Owner Ron Whiteside and his brother actually used to drag race the vehicle at race tracks during their teenage years. Ron managed to hold on to the all steel, original 1934 Ford coupe for 5 decades until he sought out Chip Foose to build him the vehicle of his dreams.
Some of the numerous body modifications include a chopped roof, a smoothed cowl, a lengthened hood and reshaped fenders. A custom chassis was fabricated and a custom 4-wheel independent suspension added. Stallion was finished in a distinctive copper orange hue of BASF paint, personally mixed by Chip.
Although the vehicle began as a 1934 Ford, ultimately it was reimagined as a Mercury Monarch. The Mercury brand wasn’t founded until 1939, when it was launched as an entry level luxury car brand. However, Chip formed the Stallion from the perspective of what a Mercury vehicle might have looked like should the brand have been around in ’34. He wanted to honor that design process, which is why you will find subtle Mercury branding elements throughout the vehicle, such as the Mercury man emblem on the engine plate. This is why you will sometimes see the vehicle referred to as a 1934 Mercury Monarch when in fact, no such vehicle ever existed.
In 2003, Stallion received the celebrated Ridler Award at Detroit Autorama, the second such win for Chip and Foose Design.