Rat Rods Are A True Junkyard Dog

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Rat Rods - Beauty or the Beast? (image: BrainToad)

When you hear that car lovers have custom built their vehicles, you automatically imagine vintage cars that have been lovingly restored, yet those rules don’t seem to apply to rat rods.

Unlike their brightly colored custom counterparts, rat rods look as though they have been hobbled together by someone that ran out of money when it came time to do the bodywork.

Many of them have a steam punk look that ask people to question the owners as to when the car will finally be finished, but the truth is that it’s that junkyard look that gives rat rods their signature style.

One of the best places to get an up close and personal look at rat rods is at Kool April Nites in Redding, where upwards of 1,800 cars are on display for the visitors.

While some of the more traditional custom builds draw attention, it’s the rat rods that usually always end up stealing the show, with folks marveling at the ingenuity of the builders. The fact that they can break away from the traditional method of refurbishing a vintage vehicle and get creative in the design really allows fabricators to strut their creative stuff.

Finding Rat Rods for Sale

Many folks attend these sorts of shows to see if they can find rat rods for sale, but what happens is that they usually just end up inspired, choosing instead to build their own from scratch. The one thing that really sticks out is that under the rusted rat exterior beats the heart of a lion, as almost all of the broken down shells are built around powerful engines.

What people also find is that many of the rat rod designers were once builders of traditional hot rods, many of whom became somewhat tired of the creative restrictions and the work that had to be put into maintaining their appearance. Their current versions may look like an afterthought, but every square inch of a rat rod has been thought out in the same detail as any other custom hot rod.

Love ‘em or loathe ‘em – what’s your take on the rat rod scene?



  1. Louie says:

    I’m interested in a rat rod. I think that is the coolest car ever brings back the nostalgia from the 50′s. Too cool.

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