“Sweet Dreams” is a highly altered 1934 Ford Roadster. John Kolbusz of Dearborn, Michigan built the car, and “Scoop” Stonerock from Scoop’s Custom Paint accomplished the “Wildberry Blend” paint job. It was first publicly shown at the 1987 Detroit Autorama, where it won trophies for “Best in Class,” “Best Hot Rod,” and the show’s top award, the Ridler Memorial Award given to the car that is “shown for the first time and best in show”. “Sweet Dreams” won this award against 45 other entries and six other finalists.
Kolbusz worked at Ford Design Center’s Ford Truck Experimental division, had enjoyed lots of assistance from many fellow Design Center employees during the car’s four-year. Two men from Design Center’s Plastic Shop did fiberglass work on the car’s body. An Interior Studio Sculptor Modeler modeled the grill, fenders and headlamp bezels. Another employee worked on the interior of the “Dream”.
Kolbusz handmade all of the car’s nuts, bolts, pulleys and suspension. The rest of the car is reported to be 95% Ford parts, except for the Jaguar rear end. A turbocharged 302 backed by an automatic transmission provides power.
Vaughn Veit, of Monticello, Minnesota, donated “Sweet Dreams” to the Speedway Motors Museum of American Speed.