Automobiles were first mass produced in the early 20th century, and since that time they have gained worldwide significance, not only to the way people get around but to the way people see themselves. Perhaps it’s no wonder that serious enthusiasts like to soup up their vehicles with features such as a 90 degree breather Walnut CA. The fastest, most powerful, and flashiest vehicles are always going to stand out from the rest.
The 2020 Detroit Autorama assembled a display of the “Most Significant Hot Rods of the 20th Century.” Here are a few that made the list, and why.
1. Bob McGee’s 1932 Ford Highboy Roadster
Among the innovations this vehicle boasts is the unique latching mechanism for its three-piece hood and reversed springs on the kicked-up rear frame. It was the first hot rod with metallic flake paint. In 1948, it became the first car ever to grace a “Hot Rod” magazine cover.
2. Norm Grabowski’s Kookie Kart
The Kookie Kart started life as a neutral black 1922 Ford referred to as “The Lightning Bug.” It went through a lot of modifications, including its distinctive royal blue paint job with flame detailing in the mid-1950s. It was featured in television series such as “77 Sunset Strip” and “The Ford Television Theatre.” Both times, it made a huge sensation, enough to be featured on the October 1955 cover of “Hot Rod.”
3. Tommy Ivo’s T
The modified 1925 T-bucket is famous in its own right for being featured in movies and television shows. Its real claim to fame is drag racing, in which it earned 21 different trophies with its pavement-pounding yet lightweight torque before its retirement.
However, what makes the inclusion of Tommy Ivo’s T even more significant to the display is the fact that it was a rival of the Kookie Kart. The Autorama brought them together once again and celebrated them both side by side.