The Coffee Grinder History

Adam Coffee (right), with colleague c.1959
Adam Coffee (right), with colleague c.1959

Adam Coffee (right), with colleague c.1960
Adam Coffee (right), with colleague c.1960

Adam Coffee 1958 - 1962

The Coffee Grinder was originally built by Adam Coffee in Nanticoke Pennsylvania in the USA, around 1958.

Based on a 1930 Ford Roadster it took him three years to build and won 15 firsts from the 20 car shows he entered it in.

Adam did the 7 inch channel job and the Z’d frame with Custom Garage handling the rest of the customisation.

The original upholstery was blue and white Naugahyde and was completed Ricardo’s of Pennsylvania.

The original power plant was a 283 cubic inch Chevrolet engine with fuel injection and a Dutov camshaft. Weber flywheel and Auburn clutch were teamed with a 1939 Ford transmission and handmade Wild headers.

The rear utilised a Model A fender which was trimmed, raised, and frenched to the body. The front fenders were made from Continental spare tyre covers.

Tower Bridge c.1963
Tower Bridge c.1963

Gerald Laing 1962 - 1965

In 1962 the Coffee Grinder was bought by Gerald Laing.

Adam Coffee was by now married and expecting his first child so the Grinder had to go. He couldn’t bear to part with it, so his sister was enlisted to make the sale.

Gerald, a renown modern artist brought the car to the UK and it was a frequent sight around London. It also featured in his work at that time, which had many US Pop culture references.

Goff Langrish-Smith c.1973
Goff Langrish-Smith c.1973

Goff Langrish-Smith 1965 - 2004

Goff Langrish-Smith bought the car from Gerald Laing in 1965. The alleged story is that the transaction took place at a set of traffic lights in Hyde Park, but who can say.

Goff owned and ran the car in many guises until his sad demise in 2004. It often disappeared and reappeared with different back axles or gearboxes. It was fondly remembered in his home town of Radlett, where the restored car was re-launched in September 2006.

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