How a 1934 Ford hot rod went from movie stardom to Peculiar, Mo.
The question greets Jason Slover regularly. Is that really the car that was in the 1974 made-for-TV hot rod movie “The California Kid,” starring Martin Sheen, Michelle Phillips, Vic Morrow and Nick Nolte?Unless the customized 1934 Ford three-window coupe with its distinctive black with orange flames paint is at a show or an exhibit, the iconic car resides inside Pete & Jake’s Hot Rod Parts at 401 Legend Lane in Peculiar.“One of the biggest questions we are asked when the car is out or if they come to the shop – is it the real car,” Slover said.Pete Chapouris built the car in 1973 in Southern California. The journey it took to become part of a movie and then to the Kansas City area is fascinating.The car now belongs to Slover’s dad, Jerry Slover, his mom, Peggy and his wife, Tina.“It is a group effort,” Slover said.The story of The California Kid 1934 three-window coupe starts in 1973. It didn’t initially have The California Kid on it. Chapouris had no idea it would be in a movie.