Rat Rods

My latest fascination is with Rat Rods: So much work and imagination goes into creating them and each one is unique from all the others. This is the definition of a rat rod from Dictionary.com: A rat rod is a custom car with a deliberately worn-down, unfinished appearance, typically lacking paint, showing rust, and made from cheap or cast-off parts.

Rat rods are an evolution of the hot rods of the '50s and '60s, often exaggerating the styling of those cars - including the open engine layout. Here is what I would consider to be an extreme example of a rat rod.

Notice the rust, broken windshield, exterior (gate) hinges on the rear edge of the driver side door, medieval spikes on the front frame, extreme lowering of the body toward the ground, and large truck wheels & tires.

It is easy to contrast the build quality of this rat rod with a traditional hot rod sitting next to it.

Initially, cars from which rat rods are created dated from the '20s, '30s, and '40s, but the cars which are capturing my attention are the ones from the '50s and '60s (and perhaps even later) which are heavily modified to combine the rear section of a late model car with the front section of a car from the earlier decades. Pictures are much better than words, so below are some excellently created late-model rat rods. Click on the image for a separate page with larger image(s) of that car.


1960 Buick

1956 Chrysler

1959 Oldsmobile

1959 Pontiac

1948-1952 Ford Pickup Trucks

Porsche 911

1965 Ford Mustang

1950-1951 Bullet-Nose Studebakers

This page was developed by Herb Klug       Updated June 26, 2020       Contact me at herbk98@cfl.rr.com