Hot Rods

April 14, 2013 By Mike Lee
Last updated on April 21, 2021

The term ‘Hot Rod’ appeared in the 1920’s/1930’s and is generally represented by a pre 1949 modified car, although some will include cars from the 50’s as well. Furthermore there are modern fibreglass replicas, which are also considered to be hotrods by many, as they look pretty much exactly like their steel body originals. Also for some the term ‘hot rod’ will mean a car built and modified for the purpose of racing, while the term ‘street rod’ will mean a car that is built and modified for use on the road. However it will generally be accepted that any car modified from the appropriate era can be called a ‘hot rod’.

Going back to the 1920’s, many of the first hot rodders were modifying four cylinder Ford Model T’s, as these were light to start with, easy to work on and then carrying out simple engine mods and stripping them of their fenders, lights, hood and anything else not required to make the car go faster.

Speed shops started to pop up and in 1932 the Ford V8 flathead arrived and so started the transition to the use of a V8 motor. Soon after timing equipment started being used for racing and by the late 40’s enthusiasts were now altering the looks of their cars for individuality. The late 40’s/early 50’s see an explosion of custom cars, racing, cruising the streets or meeting at the drive-ins (largely brought on by post war service men seeking fun and excitement). Magazine’s devoted to these cars start appearing and even movies are made and the rest is history, as they say.

Below are some of the more popular cars hot rodded and a few videos for your entertainment:

Some of the more popular Hot Rods (however almost any car can be hot rodded):
Click on any of the images below for a larger picture.

32 Ford – 3 Window
32 Deuce Ford Coupe 32 3 Window Ford Coupe

32 Ford – 5 Window
32 5 Window Ford Coupe 32 5 Window Ford Coupe Classic 32 5 Window Ford Coupe

American Graffiti 32 Ford
American Graffiti

32 Ford – Roadster
32 Deuce Roadster 32 Ford Roadster 32 Ford

33 Ford
33 Ford Coupe 33 Ford Coupe 33 Ford Coupe

34 Ford
34 Ford Coupe 34 Ford Coupe - California Kid Replica California Kid Replica

40/41 Willys Coupe
1940 Willys Coupe 1941 Willys Coupe 1941 Willys Coupe

Rat Rods
Rat Rod Rat Rod Rat Rod

Ford Model A
Ford Model A

Ford Model T – T Bucket
Ford Model T Ford Model T Bucket

1940 Ford Deluxe Coupe

Ford Anglia
1948 Ford Anglia

Ford Pop
Ford Pop

Early Days:

Old School Hot Rodding

The Way It REALLY Was

Dreams of Legends – teaser clip

Some Nice Rods:

Put Together By Us For You

Jeff Becks Hot Rods

Hot Rod Fever

Hot Rods

Graffiti gold on motorsports unlimited

Old School Ford Coupe Hot Rod

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