•   
  •   
  •   

Classics The Five Most Significant Hot Rods of the 20th Century

19:37  20 june  2020
19:37  20 june  2020 Source:   hotrod.com

Looking Back at Crazy LS-Swap Action from Holley LS Fest

  Looking Back at Crazy LS-Swap Action from Holley LS Fest The 2020 event has been moved to June, but here’s a look back at some previous LS-powered action at the Holley LSfest West event in Vegas.It's May, and that would normally mean we would be driving our rides through the desert to the second-biggest blowout of LS-powered (and newer LT stuff) rides in the country. Yes, this was to the be the fourth annual Holley LS Fest West, and given how much this West Coast version of Holley's massive party in Bowling Green, Kentucky, has been growing each year, we've been looking forward to it for quite some time.

A close look at the 5 most significant hot rods exhibit at the 2020 Detroit Autorama. What are the most famous hot rods ? The most influential, history-changing cars in this hobby? How do the Great 8 finalists and the Ridler Award winner from 2020 compare to these five hot rods that changed the

Get the history of the most significant hot rods ever built—plus see modern and period photos—all of which were on display at Detroit Autorama The 2020 Detroit Autorama organizers presented their selections this year with an exhibition called "The Most Significant Hot Rods of the 20 th Century ."

Most Famous Rods on Display at the 2020 Detroit Autorama

What are the most famous hot rods? The most influential, history-changing cars in this hobby? The 2020 Detroit Autorama presented their selection this year with an exhibition called The Most Significant Hot Rods of the 20th Century.

Backyard Barn Find 1966 Shelby G.T.350-H Hertz Rental Car Parked Since 1981

  Backyard Barn Find 1966 Shelby G.T.350-H Hertz Rental Car Parked Since 1981 This G.T.350-H Hertz rental car was parked since 1981. It was found and rescued and waiting for a restoration.The entire car had sunk into the mud and might not have been worth the trouble except it was a real Shelby, one of the 936 G.T.350-H models that Shelby-American produced in the Rent-A-Racer program. Most being automatic, these rental cars were once deemed slightly watered down and thus not destined to be as desirable as a basic four-speed 1966 G.T.350. Perhaps the wondrous black-with-gold paint stripe scheme, and the oddity of a real Shelby being available for $19.95 a day is what has put this car on a collector pedestal.

More from HOT ROD . The Five Most Significant Hot Rods of the 20 th Century . HOT ROD . 1952 Chevy Truck with Natural Patina Powered by Small-Block.

HOT ROD 10/10/2019 John Gilbert. © Hot Rod Network Staff 001-vintage-air-road-tour-miss-to-florida. Some people call them Satan's old folks on wheels while others say just get the hell out of their way. The five most significant hot rods of the 20 th century .

a group of people riding on the back of a truck: 001-SIGNIFICANT-HOT-RODS-DETROIT-AUTORAMA © Chuck Vranas 001-SIGNIFICANT-HOT-RODS-DETROIT-AUTORAMA

The Detroit Autorama is the place to see the world's newest, innovative, never-before-seen rods and customs. This year, it was also the place to see some of the best old, familiar, but equally innovative hot rods. Do you agree with these picks? How do the Great 8 finalists and the Ridler Award winner from 2020 compare to these five hot rods that changed the hot rod world way back when?

Norm Grabowski's "Kookie T" 1922 Ford Model T

a close up of a motorcycle: 003-SIGNIFICANT-HOT-RODS-DETROIT-AUTORAMA.jpg © Chuck Vranas 003-SIGNIFICANT-HOT-RODS-DETROIT-AUTORAMA.jpg

Norm Grabowski's 1922 Ford Model T was probably the best-known hot rod in the late '50s and remains famous to this day. Grabowski blended a cut-down 1931 Ford Model T Touring body with a modified Model A pickup bed, shrank the framerails by 20 inches in back and stretched them 5 inches in front, and relocated the front axle ahead of the crossmember. The resulting combination is generally acknowledged as the first T-bucket. The 1952 Cadillac 331 engine was originally topped with a 3-71 blower, and the car wore black paint. It was called the Lightnin' Bug when it appeared at the 1955 Grand National Roadster Show and on the cover of the August 1955 issue of Hot Rod. By the time it appeared on the April 1957 cover of Car Craft (and in an issue of Life magazine the same month), it had been painted the now familiar 1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Blue, sporting flames and pinstripes. The blower had been replaced by four Stromberg carburetors atop a Horne intake manifold. A year later, the car would become even more famous as the Kookie T, driven by a popular character named Kookie on the popular TV series 77 Sunset Strip. After Grabowski sold the car in 1959, it went through a few odd makeovers. Several clones were built over the years. This is no clone. This is Norm's original Model T, recently restored to its Kookie T version at Roy Brizio Street Rods.

1966 Corvette Coupe Restored with L88 427 Big-Block Power

  1966 Corvette Coupe Restored with L88 427 Big-Block Power Joe Merola turned a neglected 1966 Corvette coupe into a show-stopping restoration, complete with a venerable L88 427 big-block under the hood."In June of 2012, I was walking down Lewis Street in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, checking out the cars at the second annual car show," Joe said, "when a friend of mine that I had not seen in a long time yelled at me and asked, 'What are you working on now?' I told him nothing—I currently had no projects in my garage. He stated that he had a car he wanted to sell, so I walked over and listened to what he had for sale. He said, 'It's a 1966 Corvette Coupe,' so my ears perked up.

Read More . Hot Rod Featured. The Five Most Significant Hot Rods of the 20 th Century . What are the most famous hot rods ? A close look at the 5 most significant … Read More . Classic Trucks Featured.

By Hot Rod Network Staff of HOT ROD |. More from HOT ROD . The Five Most Significant Hot Rods of the 20 th Century .

Bob McGee's 1932 Ford Roadster

a red and black truck sitting on top of a car: 013-SIGNIFICANT-HOT-RODS-DETROIT-AUTORAMA-1.jpg © Chuck Vranas 013-SIGNIFICANT-HOT-RODS-DETROIT-AUTORAMA-1.jpg

When the average person imagines a hot rod, chances are they're picturing something that looks like Bob McGee's 1932 Ford roadster. Hot Rod magazine founder Robert Petersen took the famous photo of McGee driving his hot rod on the USC campus, which appeared in Hot Rod's 10th issue in October 1948. Since then, the McGee roadster has been called "the prototypical Deuce roadster" and "one of the cornerstones of hot rodding."

McGee had been active in Southern California's early hot rod scene, racing a different roadster on the dry lakes of the Mojave Desert in the early '40s. In 1947, after serving in WWII, he began building this roadster. By this time, hot rodders were constructing their cars for street duty as much as for racing. Many of the details on the McGee roadster would become familiar hot rod details, but back then they were innovative—such as the hidden hinges, smoothed three-piece hood, one-piece rear deck—and the CC'd rear frame and dropped axle to create the perfect low stance. The 1934 Ford Flathead V8 engine was topped with a Burns dual-carburetor intake manifold.

LS-Swap 1968 Camaro Wears Original Street Freak Paint

  LS-Swap 1968 Camaro Wears Original Street Freak Paint Jon Kelly’s home-built 1968 Camaro wears a vintage 1971 street-freak paintjob, and packs a turbocharged, LS-powered punch. 1/13 SLIDES © Hot Rod Network Staff 007-10-5inch-tire-on-14-inch-wheel.

Hot Rod Featured. The Five Most Significant Hot Rods of the 20 th Century . What are the most famous hot rods ? A close look at the 5 most significant … Read More . Hot Rod Featured.

Interior: Most "if only" enthusiasts will view the inside of Norton's Lincoln as "somewhere I belong." Augmenting the factory Lincoln leather-lined luxury is a custom Dakota Digital instrument package integrated into the More from HOT ROD . The five most significant hot rods of the 20 th century .

Like Grabowski's Model T and other L.A. area hot rods at the time, the McGee roadster made appearances in a few Hollywood movies. The car was later owned by Dick Scritchfield and eventually by collector/enthusiast Bruce Meyer. So-Cal Speed Shop, with the participation of Bob McGee, performed the restoration that returned the roadster to its Hot Rod cover look. In 2014 the U.S. Postal Service honored the McGee roadster by choosing it as one of four hot rods appearing on postage stamps.

Tommy Ivo's 1925 Ford Model T

a red motorcycle parked on the side of a road: 024-SIGNIFICANT-HOT-RODS-DETROIT-AUTORAMA.jpg © Chuck Vranas 024-SIGNIFICANT-HOT-RODS-DETROIT-AUTORAMA.jpg

Tommy Ivo would be the first to tell you that his famous 1925 Ford T-bucket was inspired by Norm Grabowski's T. There are famous stories about Ivo breaking into Grabowski's garage to measure Norm's T. Ivo's car shows the Grabowski influence, including the unusual suicide frontend setup. Ivo had located the Model T body in the Southern California desert, where he hacked a yucca tree out of the car to retrieve it. He installed a Buick 322 cubic inch Nailhead with a variety of induction systems, including the Hilborn injection system that is on the car now. Like the Kookie T, Ivo's Model T made appearances in several hot rod movies of the period, including Dragstrip Girl, in which Ivo also appeared. In August 1957, the car appeared on the cover of Hot Rod magazine.

1959 Cadillac Coupe de Ville and Troy Trepanier Win at Triple Crown of Rodding

  1959 Cadillac Coupe de Ville and Troy Trepanier Win at Triple Crown of Rodding Troy Trepanier Built the 1959 Coupe de Ville that won the Triple Crown of Rodding Award In the Street Cruiser Class at the 2019 Shades of the Past Hot Rod Roundup. The winning car in the Street Cruiser category is this 1959 Cadillac Coupe de Ville, owned by Randy Wilcox. 1/20 SLIDES © Robert McGaffin 004-1959-CADILLAC-CONV-WILCOX.jpg 2/20 SLIDES © Robert McGaffin 005-1959-CADILLAC-CONV-WILCOX.jpg 3/20 SLIDES © Robert McGaffin 006-1959-CADILLAC-CONV-WILCOX.

Read More . Hot Rod Featured. The Five Most Significant Hot Rods of the 20 th Century . What are the most famous hot rods ? A close look at the 5 most significant … Read More . Hot Rod Featured.

Within the 20 th century itself, I'd give it to the television. Computers obviously became huge, but they were a lot less huge in 1999 than they are now. What is the most important technology in the 20 th century ? There are a lot of things I could put on that list, such as steam power, aiding the Industrial

In addition to being a successful child- and young-adult actor, Ivo was an avid drag racer and successfully competed with his T. "My T held records at all the tracks I raced atuntil they booted me off the dragstrip," he told us. It was inevitable that Ivo and Grabowski would eventually line up against each other at a dragstrip. In 1957, they faced off for a grudge match at Saugus or Santa Ana (depending on where you read the story). Ivo was an experienced racer, and his car was very successful at area dragstrips, running 11-second elapsed times with a top speed of 119 mph. Beating Grabowski probably wasn't his toughest race, but may be one of the most fun. Ivo's T was first restored in the early '90s by owner Jack Rosen and builder Ron Jones.

Ed "Big Daddy" Roth's "Outlaw"

a bicycle is parked next to a car: 034-SIGNIFICANT-HOT-RODS-DETROIT-AUTORAMA.jpg © Chuck Vranas 034-SIGNIFICANT-HOT-RODS-DETROIT-AUTORAMA.jpg

Ed "Big Daddy" Roth may have been hot rodding's favorite nonconformist, a label he earned with his airbrush artwork and especially with his radically original hot rods.

It has been reported that Roth, like Ivo and others, drew inspiration from the Kookie T when he built his first fiberglass bodied creation, The Outlaw, in 1957. Roth abandoned the practice of building rods from existing production cars, instead choosing to create bodies from scratch. The Outlaw was Roth's first vehicle built using a buck to form a mold for a fiberglass body. The Outlaw's unique handbuilt body sat on a Ford Model A frame, modified with a 1925 Ford Model T crossmember. The 1950 Cadillac engine (from a junkyard) originally was built with four Stromberg 97 carburetors on a Cragar manifold, and Cal Custom valve covers. Although not built from a production car, The Outlaw was built with a lot of custom pieces from existing cars, such as 1959 Rambler headlights, 1958 Chevy Bel Air taillights, a 1959 Chevy grille, 1922 Dodge windshield frame, and a 1958 Impala steering wheel, to name a few. The Outlaw (and The Beatnik Bandit) were painted by Roth, clearly inspired by the work of custom painter Larry Watson who would paint other Roth vehicles.

Super Stock Hemi Challenge Barracuda Runs as Good as it Looks

  Super Stock Hemi Challenge Barracuda Runs as Good as it Looks In 1968, Chrysler commissioned Hurst Performance to build about 50 1968 “BO29” Plymouth Barracudas and 50 1968 “LO23” Dodge Darts powered by the 426 Hemi engine. These purpose-built A-Body Mopars were intended to compete in Super Stock drag racing, and featured lightweight seats, fiberglass body components, a large hood scoop, lightweight side glass, and no sound deadener. According to Mopar expert Jim Kramer, Chrysler ended up building 72 BO29 Barracudas and 83 LO23 Darts between February and May 1968.

Plans to market the bodies never panned out, and reports of how many were created range from a couple to a dozen or more. Thousands of enthusiasts did buy, and continue to buy, the Revell scale model kit of The Outlaw. Like the other rods featured here, The Outlaw changed hands several times and was redone a few times before being restored to original condition.

Ed "Big Daddy" Roth's "Beatnik Bandit"

a motorcycle parked in a parking lot: 046-SIGNIFICANT-HOT-RODS-DETROIT-AUTORAMA.jpg © Chuck Vranas 046-SIGNIFICANT-HOT-RODS-DETROIT-AUTORAMA.jpg

As The Outlaw was drawing tons of attention and trophies at shows and in the hot rod press, Ed "Big Daddy" Roth was already designing his next automotive creation, Beatnik Bandit. The original concept images for the car were done by famed hot rod designer/illustrator Joe Henning, who envisioned it in a tall T style. Roth had other ideas, especially in the area of the car's most notable feature—the Plexiglass bubbletop. Other cars had been built with similar canopy tops, and Roth got advice and assistance from Ron Aguirre, whose X-Sonic 1957 Corvette featured one. The Beatnik Bandit was Roth's second fiberglass-bodied car, with Roth's associate, Dirty Doug, working the plaster and 'glass, and earning his nickname in the process. Underneath was a shortened Oldsmobile chassis. A blown Oldsmobile 303 engine rose out of the open engine compartment. Under the bubble, Roth added another unconventional feature—the "unicontrol" joystick style handle that controlled acceleration, braking, and steering. The distinctive panel painting was reportedly shot by Roth, as on The Outlaw.

The Beatnik Bandit was a big success on the show circuit and was the subject of articles in the May 1961 issue of Car Craft magazine and the July 1961 issue of Rod & Custom. The famous bubbletop was selected for the original lineup of first-edition Mattel Hot Wheels cars in 1968 (now known as the Sweet 16). In the '80s, the Beatnik Bandit and The Outlaw were both was restored at Harrah's.

Learn About The McGee Roadster .
No other hot rod is as famous as this one. If you’re a big hot rod fan, you probably already know at least a little about the McGee Roadster. However, even if you’re not, you probably already recognize the car. This 1932 Ford Roadster has been called by many “the quintessential hot rod” and for good reason. It is The Hot Rod which has come to inspire so many, making it as much a symbol as anything else. The story of this car begins with Bob McGee who lived in post-WWII Southern California.

usr: 0
This is interesting!