Hot rods and custom cars have always represented the independent and rebellious spirit of America. A craze that started not long after WWII when G.I.’s returning home decided to strip down and modify for speed an old jalopy they could pick up for cheap. Whether cruising to the burger stand or racing at the drag strip, these lowered, chopped, flamed, and chromed cars got the looks …and the girls! It’s a trend that continues to this day and is more popular than ever. Hot Rod Artist Larry Grossman brings this exciting scene to life with his unique and highly detailed pictures in Hot Rods.
This 2024 monthly wall calendar features: Large blocks for notes | Superb printing quality | Heavy 100-pound paper | Deluxe 11- by 14-inch size
Hot Rods featured in this edition include:
√ This sharp ’55 Ford Crown Victoria features all of the classic “mild” custom additions, including a tube grill, tuck n’ roll, lakes pipes, and fender skirts. And note the factory original green plexi skylight. That classic Ford dealership was in Beverly Hills.
√ This “Ol’ Skool,” full-fendered ’32 Ford 3-window coupe has all the classic features, including a chopped top, louvered hood, and fat whitewalls.
√ The ’57 Chevy Nomad was (along with the ’55 & ’56 models) one of the most stylish production-line cars ever manufactured. I owned a black ‘57 when I was 17… and wish I still had it!
√ Ya’ just never know what you’ll find on Route 66. In this case it’s a chopped ’51 Ford “Shoebox” kustom, a wayward cowgirl, and two dudes lookin’ for some action!
√ Looks like a getaway is in progress, as a jail bird plows through the wall in this hijacked ’64 Plymouth CHP gasser!
√ Here’s a blown ’37 Chevy gasser, wheel-standing off the line at the famed Famoso Dragstrip, site of the Bakersfield Nationals.
√ This ’54 Corvette Nomad was a one-off concept car that unfortunately never went into production. It did however pave the way for the full-sized ’55-57 Nomad wagons that followed.
√ Featuring a nasty looking blown HEMI mill, this ’26 Ford ’T’ truck must really scoot. The classic Art Deco-style Firestone dealership was located on La Brea Ave. in L.A., unfortunately, it’s been converted to a bar-brewery!
√ In 2013 I created this picture of the famed Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood which became the backdrop for four of customizer Rick Dore’s beautifully streamlined creations. Rick commissioned me to add his cars, and he can be spotted on the sidewalk behind his stunning “Black Pearl.”
√ It’s pedal-to-the-metal as this wicked chopped and flamed ’49 Merc kustom hauls-ass somewhere along the badlands of ol’ Route 66.
√ This radical ’49 Studebaker kustom truck hauls a beautiful ’48 Anglia gasser. They’re obviously headed for a race somewhere!
√ This two-toned ‘48 Chevy low-rider has all the essential accessories: sun visors, fog and spotlights, fender skirts, and rear window blinds! And check out the cool Zoot Suits on the low riders hangin’ at their local tire shop… praise the Lower’d indeed!
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