The first hot rods were modeled on older, inexpensive prewar vehicles. The weight was reduced and a more powerful engine was installed. In the 1940s, these cars gave soldiers returning from World War II and young people from well-heeled families a cost-effective way to taste the thrill of high-speed racing. This made the first hot rods the forerunners of drag racing. Today, hot rodding is a kind of automotive subculture that has left the 1950s’ lifestyle and attitude far behind. However, yesterday’s rebellious image still clings to the hot rodders of today.
In the early days of hot rods, any available small car like the Ford Model T or Model A served as the basis. But the most popular models dated from the years between 1932 and 1934. The US-based culture of customizing has two categories that differ according to clearly defined style rules, particularly when it comes to the bodywork and models used. Until model year 1949, cars with the appropriate styling were called “hot rods.”
That goes for reproductions, too. More and more often, the bodywork for hot rods come from the garages of modern bodywork manufacturers, because original historic all-steel bodies like the Ford Model B from 1932— the Deuce— are getting harder and harder to find. While our rods have the lines of the original hot rod, ours are a bit smaller and are handmade. Still, they offer as much driving excitement as you’d expect from a HotRod.
|Dimensions||L. / B. / H.: 2010 mm / 1120 mm / 810 mm|
|Front wheels||15 x 6,0 x 6 Zoll|
|Rear wheels||16 x 6,5 x 8 Zoll|
|Brakes||Drum brakes front and rear|
|Power||13,6 HP (10 KW)|
|Engine capacity||170 ccm|
|Final drive||Differential and axle drive|
|Maximum speed||88 km/h|
|Miscellaneous||E- starter, oil cooler|