Alan Mest’s Model A roadster was given that nickname by none other than Tom Medley, back when “contributing shutterbug” Lester Nehamkin “came bouncing through Trend’s portals with a fist full of eight by ten glossy prints and a grin that would melt a dozen Krushchevs,” said the feature on the roadster in the Sept. 1955 HRM. “Old cartoonyfeller” Medley saw the photos, “took three double-takes and breathed, ‘Man, what an Uncle Daniel!’”
T Med was calling it a sleeper, for those of you not around in the days when magazines used black-and-white glossy prints and a bald-headed Soviet leader was on the minds of many Americans.
Kurt Wiese owned the car when it appeared in HRM, having bought it from Norm Jennings, who owned it when it was written up in Hopup two years prior. At the time of the HRM feature the car was still flathead powered, its SBC swap yet to come.
Mest bought it from Wiese in pieces. When he reassembled the car he reinstalled a flathead—natch. But otherwise he left it very much like it was all those years ago. —