The ex-Boyd Coddington
1996 America's Most Beautiful Roadster winning "Boydster"
1932 FORD HIGHBOY ROADSTER
Red with red leather interior
Engine: V8, 383ci; Gearbox: automatic; Suspension: front, independent with wishbones and coil springs, rear, independent with coil springs; Brakes: four wheel discs. Left hand drive.
There are a few highly influential street rod builders, but none in recent memory has had the impact of Boyd Coddington.
Coddington arrived on L.A.'s hot rod scene in the mid-Sixties from his home in Idaho and brought a fresh outlook to street rod construction. He led the way with highly polished, sculptural elements machined from billet aluminum, establishing "billet" as the buzzword in street rod and custom building. His two-piece billet-center road wheels were the forerunner of an industry. No one-trick pony, Coddington spanned customizing's genres. His radically customized 1957 Chevrolet Chezoom was a revelation and established a new vernacular for contemporary customizing. CadZZilla broke new ground for themed customs in the spirit of the celebrity, movie and television kustoms of George Barris. Led Zephyr refined even the customized expression of the legendary Lincoln Zephyr.
Boyd's rods are clean, refined and subtle statements of style. Extreme in their execution, they are understated in embellishment and always immaculately constructed, finished, assembled and presented. Like other great designers, Boyd Coddington continually revisits and refines the expression of established topics with new and creative treatments without ever stepping over the line into "retro". There is always something new in a Boyd rod.
"New" in 1996 was "Boydster", Boyd Coddington's stylish take on the classic '32 Ford Highboy. Constructed in steel by Marcel Delay, the body embodies subtle development of the classic Deuce with a curved one-piece windshield that complements the delicately shaped hood to give the nose, even with its classic Deuce radiator shell, the flair of an Indy roadster. Finished in classic red, "Boydster" was built by Boyd himself and is the first of a continuing series of classically-styled "Boydster" rods.
The suspension is handmade - from aluminum, of course - and follows design principles of the best road racing suspensions. The front suspension utilizes double wishbones with chromed coil springs and tubular shock absorbers. The rear also is independent with coil springs and tubular shocks. Brakes are discs at all four corners. The wheels are large diameter billet aluminum creations by "Little John" Buttera with low profile high performance tires.
Powered by the classic GM small block stroker displacing 383 cubic inches, "Boydster" utilizes a GM Turbo-Hydramatic automatic transmission. The interior is upholstered and trimmed in red leather with a classic Ford 3-gauge instrument panel in the center of the dashboard and a uniquely-designed and finely-crafted aluminum billet steering wheel.
"Boydster" made its debut at the Grand National Show in Oakland, California in 1996 where it won an enthusiastic reception both from Oakland's knowledgeable crowd and from the judges and earned the ultimate accolade when it was declared "America's Most Beautiful Roadster". It has continued to be shown throughout the US since with great success, including at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.
The success and great design of "Boydster" has led Boyd Coddington to create two successors which express, with thoughtful changes, a similar design philosophy. It is the basis for a well-received and successful line of components for street rod builders, making it one of the most emulated and celebrated street rod designs of the last half-century.
Offered here in excellent condition, it comes with its original "America's Most Beautiful Roadster" trophy, itself a stunning design and over 3 feet tall. In excellent show car condition, "Boydster" is the only Boyd Coddington-designed "America's Most Beautiful Roadster" which was owned personally by Boyd, and is an important milestone in the personal and professional history of the best known and most influential street rod and custom designer of this generation.