Hot Rods Are Cool, Still and Forever
In the car world the really creative hot-rod nuts who toil in crummy backyard garages or expensive custom workshops are the ones the car media ought to celebrate. But mostly, they don’t get no respect.
Nowadays, folks like Chip Foose create a completely different chassis and mate an engine unrelated to the chassis. I think it would be more fitting to say Foose etal would be called constructors, much like the english and/or american sports car companies such as Shelby, Caterham and Lotus [sic].
Hot rods are really a combination of both approaches, and we’ll show you a few we like. The U.S. Senate, which can’t do anything much else these days, has designated July 8 as “National Collector Car Appreciation Day.” Collectors and restorers of old cars deserve to be celebrated.
Here’s an original 1935 Ford three-window coupe, like the car that inspired the Foose concept.
The classic “deuce coupe”-inspired 1932 Ford Roadster, the car that hot-rodders have always loved to transform. This one is by Rick Smith of Quincy, Mass., and is powered by a much-modified small-block Ford with Weber carbs.
Another Ford classic, this one a 1933, by John Reid of New Zealand. Power comes from a hemi with twin carbs.
Weird hot rods abound. This one is a ’53 Studebaker being worked on at Brown’s Metal Mods, a shop in Indianapolis. The final result may not be weird.
Now one from Boyd Coddington, the hot-rod king who died three years ago. Above is the Cadzzilla, designed by Larry Ericson and built by Coddington for Billy Gibbons of the rock band ZZ Top. Price was around $900K.
Have you ever owned or built a hot-rod? Tell us about it.