CLEVELAND, OH — It’s a 1941 Ford pickup.
It’s hard to explain because the only vehicles in the world that are anything like it are also entirely one-of-a-kind. Just like “Mirage.”
Why the name?
“It’s not what it seems,” said owner Richard Broyles, in a recent interview at the 2017 Piston Powered Auto-Rama where his show car tour continues a year after its debut.
Broyles’ ridiculously good-looking custom show car took seven years to build in his garage. The unique vehicle was named a Great 8 finalist for the Ridler Award at the 2016 Detroit Autorama in its public debut, and has spent the past year collecting a bunch of recognition, awards, and new fans as it has traveled the indoor car show circuit.
Broyles, a Jonesborough, TN native, said virtually everything on the car is custom except for the four fenders and the front part of the hood.
The ’41 pickup roadster (it has a push-button retractable hardtop) is even powered by an ultra-unique engine. The 5.4L supercharged Shelby engine under the hood was originally a Ford test engine with a vented flywheel and many other unique features which never made it into production.
Is Mirage a truck? A car?
We don’t think it matters. Whatever it is, it’s glorious.
See for yourself.
See more images of Mirage below: