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Top 10: Cars That Make Great Hot Rods

Updated on March 7, 2009

Hot Rods

Drag Rod by Unklejoe
Drag Rod by Unklejoe

Introduction

So what is a Hot Rod? Well, it's simple, it's modding a car with a big engine, massive horsepower and torque, and setting it up for some serious speed. Building a drag car for the road!

However, over the years, the term hot rod has been moved from all American cars, to mainly older more classic shapes. If someone says hot rod to you, one of the most popular answers will be Milner's 32 Coupe from the film American graffiti.

There are hundreds of hot rods out there, but these are some of the best examples out there. This top 10 is not based on the individual cars in the pictures, but rather the car and it's modding capacity.

10. 1929 Ford Model T

10. 1929 Ford Model T
10. 1929 Ford Model T

10. 1929 Ford Model T

When talking about hot rods, you have to mention the Model T. It's one of the best selling cars of all time. As a result, there are loads of old T's around the world that have ended up as true hot rods. There are also plenty of places to buy replicas due to the high price of an original.

9. Volkswagen Type 1 (Beetle) Rod

9. Volkswagen Type 1 (Beetle) Rod
9. Volkswagen Type 1 (Beetle) Rod

9. Volkswagen Type 1 (Beetle) Rod

The VW Beetle is a car a lot of people wouldn't expect to see in this list. The reason behind it is how readily available these cars are all over the world. For someone outside of America to build a hot rod, it's hard to find the cars let alone the parts. A VW Beetle is cheap, easy to work on and abundant as it's sold more than 22 million around the world. Looks awesome too!

8. 1951 Chevy 3100 Pick Up

8. 1951 Chevy 3100 Pick Up
8. 1951 Chevy 3100 Pick Up

8. 1951 Chevy 3100 Pick Up

Old 50's pick ups work well for hot rods, you can fit a huge engine in them, and the flat bed can be modified to hide some huge rear wheels and diff to help get all that power onto the tarmac. This Chevy features an incredibly sexy front grill and some awesome lines.

7. 1937 Lincoln Zephyr

7. 1937 Lincoln Zephyr
7. 1937 Lincoln Zephyr

7. 1937 Lincoln Zephyr

One of the sexiest "sleds" in the world, the Lincoln Zephyr is truly stunning. There rare and expensive, but what you fork out in cash you'll gain in sheer smiles per miles. Replicas are available, but expect lots of sanding on the fibreglass bodied to get it as smooth as the originals.

6. 1953 Ford F100 Pickup

6. 1953 Ford F100 Pickup
6. 1953 Ford F100 Pickup

6. 1953 Ford F100 Pickup

Another 50's pick up, the Ford F100 is still around today. But for the ultimate hot rod you have to look back over 50 years. Unlike the sexy front end on the Chevy, the Ford has a more squared off and industrial look about it. With the right front add on's or "teeth", you can make an evil street rod.

5. 1933 Willys 77 Coupe

5. 1933 Willys 77 Coupe
5. 1933 Willys 77 Coupe

5. 1933 Willys 77 Coupe

Willy's were always a little adventurous with their styling, and it paid off for them, the Willy's Coupes have a massive following around the world. There easy to maintain, can accommodate a wide range of engines and setups and aren't to expensive to buy an original. Replicas are of course available, with some old Beetle body kits if you can find them.

4. 1932 Ford 3-Window Coupe

4. 1932 Ford 3-Window Coupe
4. 1932 Ford 3-Window Coupe

4. 1932 Ford 3-Window Coupe

Milner in American graffiti had a (heavily) modified 32 coupe, that car helped to inspire a whole new (and possibly a second) generation of hot rodders. If you want something cool to drive, an Audi TT or Mini Cooper S has nothing on one of these!

3. 1933 Ford Coupe

3. 1933 Ford Coupe
3. 1933 Ford Coupe

3. 1933 Ford Coupe

The model in the picture is one of the Factory Five Racing's 33 Hot Rod kits. All you do is buy the kit, add engine/gearbox, wheels/tyres and paint, oh and a couple hundred hours to build it and you end up with this amazing hot rod. Original 33's are still out there, but this is one of the most cost effective ways to get a hot rod in your garage.

2. 1950 Mercury Hardtop

2. 1950 Mercury Hardtop
2. 1950 Mercury Hardtop

2. 1950 Mercury Hardtop

The second "sled" to enter the list, the 50 Mercury is as stylish and sexy as the Zephyr, but more readily available as more were made. There big cars, with some serious weight in them, but drop a 1000bhp Chevy LS9 in the front and the weight won't matter.

1. 1932 Ford Roadster

1. 1932 Ford Roadster
1. 1932 Ford Roadster

1. 1932 Ford Roadster

If anything is cooler than the 32 Coupe, it's this, the 32 Roadster. Basically a coupe with no roof. There small, light (ish) and with a half decent engine, they will be stunningly quick. Although most Roadsters are for cruising rather than racing, you have to want to get seen to have one of these.

Choose one.

If you could have any of them, which would it be?

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    • MarieLB profile image

      Marie L B 2 years ago from Yamba

      Great hub WHoArtNow, voted up as well deserved.

      Isn't it amazing that these old beauties are so popular with both sexes, young and old and in far flung corners of the world. In UK, in Australia and many other places. Enjoyed reading it.

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      brian jorge 3 years ago

      lol nice cars i bet i could ride one

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      Romeos Quill 3 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      Most of these babies run like hot snot; the Lincoln Zephryr and Mercury Hardtops are real beauts.

      R.Q.

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      bastian lizana 5 years ago

      this site is good ¡¡

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      Lionel Lareau 5 years ago

      I own a 1951 Chevy 3100 and a 1951 Mercury 4 dr, but 1932 Ford coupe rules! Aloha

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      BP 5 years ago

      Only problem is there is no such thing as a "1929 Model T" because the T went out of production in 1927. The car pictured is a 1925 Model T Coupe

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      μεταχειρισμενα αυτοκινητα 6 years ago

      cool.I never had see this kind of car in our place.what i like the most was the 1951 Chevy 3100 Pick Up .I love the color and structure.I have my used car (?????????????? ??????????)and i personally personalize it.

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      "μεÏαÏειÏιÏμενα αÏÏοκινηÏα" 6 years ago

      wow.This is great and unique.How i wish i had this kind of car but this very much expensive .I have a second hand car or "μεÏαÏειÏιÏμενα αÏÏοκινηÏα"in greek,although it is not new but the quality is there.

      I really had a time looking at the picture.

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      Noel Coward 6 years ago

      What???? No Model A ???? Why do so many who think they are part of the rod culture suck up to the '32 ??

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      Jay Leibacher 6 years ago

      I loved the Volkswagen rod

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      muzmeelking 6 years ago

      Trying to start looking without this information is a recipe for disaster. You may end up buying a car that is notoriously unreliable, or one that has been overpriced. Whatever you do, do not rely on the seller to give you all the information you need to know.

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      Free Windows 7 Themes 6 years ago

      When I was on hols, I saw a car nearly the same as the second one, it had 450BHP!

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      yaseen roman bvesd 6 years ago

      Awesome article. There are a couple cars you have forgotten i think, The Chrysler prototype from the Wraith, The BMW 750 maybe 760 from transporter 1 and of course the Audis from the sequels. Other than those i think you have the list covered. The DMC 12 i think is #1 i love the DB 5 its a beautiful car but the DMC 12 is more memorable i think.

      I hate to think about how long this lost took to make. Very enjoyable read

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      Vincenzo S. Mancinelli 7 years ago

      I'm 12.I wanna restore a car.If I had to pick it would be a a 33 Ford Coupe.

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      timelesshotrods 7 years ago

      Great hub! I started at #10 and when I was nearing the bottom I started screaming, where's the 1932 Ford Roadster???? Ahh, there it is and what a beautiful ride that is!

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      ab420 7 years ago from MA, USA

      Good stuff, I'm a HUGE fan of chopped Merc's!

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      Deepanshu 7 years ago

      best cars of the world***********

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      RICKY D MULLINS 7 years ago

      i like all old cars but i like the coupes the best and wish they would show a53 metalic red ford coupe with all chrome motor and craggers for rims but please no white wall tires..........

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      Poophead 7 years ago

      these cars are for red necks

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      Annette 7 years ago

      Your hub is fantastic! Love these great old cars. I'm digging the 1950 Mercury Hardtop, myself. So cool.

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      earnestshub 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Love all of them, but I voted for the Willys.

      You kept your promise! You said you would do more car hubs if I would read them! Well done. Nice hub!

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      Otto Searan 7 years ago from Arkansas

      Great page we need more people who are interested in this. You certainly have put some time and effort on this page.

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      born4thesurf 7 years ago from Truro

      Cool Cars!

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      Rob Anderson 8 years ago from St. Louis Mo

      If this 37 Zephyr is't a dream maker... then what is? Talk about detail its just a flat out a Hot ride!!

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      MX Race Fane 8 years ago from OKLAHOMA CITY

      Great job on your page. I love reading about old vintage cars. Thanks

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      audi a4 maintenance 8 years ago

      Thanks you for good post.

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      JunkerBob 8 years ago from Ohio, US

      Wish my dad still had his rat rod T.

      Great post!

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      D.G. Bennett 8 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      ooooooooh...dec it with the pattern of an Hermes leopard print scarf!

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      WHoArtNow 8 years ago from Leicester, UK

      @D.G. - you could always paint it to match your favourite shades and scarf! It's amazing where you can find inspiration for car colours.

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      D.G. Bennett 8 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      oooooooh the 1950 Mercury Hardtop...would make me want to shop for the perfect shades to match...and a scarf:)