The Ala Kart is a 1929 Ford Model A pick-up customised by George Barris for Richard Peters of Fresno, California. Its chief purpose was to win the America's Most Beautiful Roadster award at the Oakland Roadster Show. Construction of the flathead-powered pick-up began in 1957 and the vehicle actually managed to win the award twice, in 1958 and '59.
The rear section was from a 1927 Ford Model T Roadster. The truck bed was hand-formed and fitted with hand-made trim. It had a naugahyde tonneau to match the interior. The rear lights were from a 1958 Chevrolet Impala with bezels and lenses from a 1956 DeSoto. The bonnet is a three-piece unit with a continuous scoop of Reynolds aluminium. The grille surround is made from hand-formed metal and incorporates the quad headlights from a 1957 Imperial.
The car fell into disrepair and restoration began in 1996. The Ala Kart now attends hot rod shows around America.
The Ala Kart is the first show car of which a model kit was manufactured.
Ala Kart appeared in the 1958 film Hot Rod Gang.