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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Design News: Boyd Coddington Dead at 63

Boyd Coddington, who brought precision machining and an unsparing eye for design to the world of custom cars and hot rods, died this morning. The cause of death has not been released. Coddington trained scores of future hot rod designers and fabricators in his shop and turned out several classics of hot rod art. More recently he brought rodding to the masses with his television show American Hot Rod.

Coddington could be prickly and irascible but his exacting notions of beauty and engineering helped to take what was a subculture into the mainstream. Though some lament the commercialization of the subculture that first bloomed in the post World War II Californai sun with his TV show and his Coddington Wheels line of accessories.

Here is Cadzilla, which he created for ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons:

Coddington's take on a classic '34 Ford, one of the staples of the hot rodder's trade:

Check out the craftsmanship on the grille and the elegant tie bar between the headlamps:

Coddington's Chezoom:

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