August 24, 1944 – Boyd Coddington is born

American hot rod designer and builder Boyd Coddington was born on this day in 1944. Coddington grew up in Rupert, Idaho, reading all the car and hot rod magazines he could, and got his first car,a 1931 Chevrolet pickup, at age 13. In 1968, he moved to California building hot rods by day and working as a machinist at Disneyland during the night. He soon became known for building unique hot rods and in 1977 he opened his own shop, Hot Rods by Boyd, in Cypress, California In 1989, the “CadZZilla”, a custom 1949 Cadillac, was commissioned by ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, conceived by Jack Chisenhall and designed by Jack Chisenhall and Larry Erickson. It is acclaimed as one of the great expressions of automotive customization. Columnist Gray Baskerville called CadZZilla “the most incredible transformation he’d ever witnessed”, and in their “History of Hot Rods & Customs” the auto editors of Consumer Guide praise it as “the first really new type of custom since the heyday of the 1950s” After a lifetime of awards for his numerous creations Boyd passed away on February 27, 2008 following complications from a recent surgery. He is buried at Rose HIlls Memorial Park in Whittier, California. Photos -CadZZillaBoyd Coddington

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