HOT RODS

A fad that began shortly after WWII, Hot Rods were cool, low and modified for speed. See photos and learn more about the Elvis Car, the California Kid, the Silver Bullet and others.

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Roubal Drag Roadster: Profile of a Hot Rod

The Roubal Drag Roadster is a custom 1932 Ford roadster first assembled by Bob Roubal. The small-block Chevy engine set a record of 130 mph at the first Winter­nationals in Pomona California in 1961. Learn more about this speedy drag racing hot rod.

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  • 50th Anniversary Hot Rod: Profile of a Hot Rod
    50th Anniversary Hot Rod: Profile of a Hot Rod

    As Hot Rod Magazine's 50th anniversary approached, the editorial staff considered building a Deuce roadster as its anniversary car. Illustrator Chip Foose had a better idea: Build a modern version of the tracknose '27 T that appeared on the first cover. See more »

  • Booth 27 T: Profile of a Hot Rod
    Booth 27 T: Profile of a Hot Rod

    The Booth '27 T hot rod was built by Bill Booth in the late 1960s. The car originally featured a Chevy 283-cid V-8 engine that was later replaced with a Chevy 350. Learn more about the modifications he made and see photos of this classic hot rod. See more »

  • Bud Bryan 29 Roadster: Profile of a Hot Rod
    Bud Bryan 29 Roadster: Profile of a Hot Rod

    In 1968 the Bud Bryan '29 Roadster was one of the first nostalgia-styled hot rods built on vintage components. The Roadster featured a a 276-cid 1948 Mercury flathead V-8 engine with two carburetors. Learn more about this hot rod. See more »

  • Burk Roadster: Profile of a Hot Rod
    Burk Roadster: Profile of a Hot Rod

    The Burk Roadster hot rod illustrates one of the most impressive traits shared by hot rodders: the ability to build their own cars. The Burk Roadster is proof that the self-sufficient rodder is alive and well. Read about this 275-horsepower hot rod. See more »

  • Calori Coupe: Profile of a Hot Rod
    Calori Coupe: Profile of a Hot Rod

    The Calori Coupe was one of the most stunning hot rods in history. This car featured a high level of detail and finish which set it apart from other hot rods of the era. Learn about this detailed 1936 Ford custom built by famed lake racer Jack Calori. See more »

  • Chopped Mercurys of the 1950s
    Chopped Mercurys of the 1950s

    The chopped Mercurys of the 1950s marked the beginning of the custom car phenomenon. Hot rod magazines were the product of the growing trend in chopping and customizing Mercurys of the era. Read about the 1949-1951 Mercs the ultimate customs. See more »

  • Chrisman Model A Sedan: Profile of a Hot Rod
    Chrisman Model A Sedan: Profile of a Hot Rod

    The 1929 Chrisman Model A Sedan was a drag racer built by Jack Chrisman. The car featured a Hemi engine and LaSalle transmission that gave the Model A a top speed of 129 miles per hour. Learn about this hot rod's speedy engine and beautiful restoration. See more »

  • Corporate Rods
    Corporate Rods

    In the 1990s, several corporate automakers recognized that hot rod-inspired show cars could draw attention to their brands. The phenomenon began with the Boyd Coddington-built/Mitsubishi-backed Aluma Coupe, and spread among a number of automakers. See more »

  • Doane Spencer Deuce: Profile of a Hot Rod
    Doane Spencer Deuce: Profile of a Hot Rod

    The Doane Spencer Deuce could reach speeds of 126 mph when raced during the 1940s. The car featured an engine-turned dash and hand-rolled gas-tank cover that helped it win the Best Appearing Roadster award. Learn about this speedy 1932 Ford street roadster hot rod. See more »

  • Eclipse: Profile of a Hot Rod
    Eclipse: Profile of a Hot Rod

    The Eclipse straddled the line between a custom car and a hot rod. This was done as a sort of promotion so that Ray Farhner could demonstrate what his custom shop could do. Learn more about this marvelous award-winning hot rod and builder Ray Farhner. See more »

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