Ed Pardue's Streamliner

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As it appeared in Rod & Custom June 1955. Photo by Harry Griffon
Photo by Harry Griffon
Photo by Harry Griffon
Photo by Harry Griffon

Custom built Streamliner built by Ed Pardue of Redwood City, California and Duke DuClos of San Mateo. Ed and his wife were racing car enthusiasts who religiously visited the Indianapolis 500. In 1955, Ed decided to build a roadster similar to the one used in at the Indianapolis. After figuring out its design and dimensions, he began building a chassis for it during his spare time. Several months of building later, its parts consisted mainly from a 1937 Dodge along with two Fords, one 1934 Ford and one 37 Ford. While the chassis was taking shape, Ed hired Duke DuClos, a former race driver which owned a custom body shop in nearby San Mateo. As soon as the chassis could roll, it was delivered to DuClos who did the engine and body work according to Ed's specifications. The car took roughly $6000 to complete in labor, materials and parts during the construction. Top speed of the Streamliner was 130 mph. The Apache won first place in the Experimental Class at the Oakland Sports Car Show.[1]

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