Encyclopedia Hoonatica: Customs Scaled Up (or Down)


It takes a special kind of custom car to become so famous that it inspires a model kit. It is even more remarkable when a toy or model car is so iconic that it inspires the construction of a full-sized version. I’m not talking about models and toys based on mass-produced (or even limited production) production vehicles. I speak of those iconic one-off custom cars that either captured the minds of so many kids (and dads) that it was recreated as a model kit or Hot Wheels car, or a full-sized custom car replica of a toy that came first.
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29 responses to “Encyclopedia Hoonatica: Customs Scaled Up (or Down)”

  1. longrooffan Avatar

    By far the coolest and the least practical A100 ever built.
    <img src="http://www.petersen.org/images/Exhibitimages/Full%20size%201964%20Deora.jpg"end&gt;
    This one came along four years later.
    <img src="http://onlineredlineguide.com/Deora_Green.jpg"end&gt;

    1. Alff Avatar

      Nailed it on the second post. Well done.

      1. Jo_Schmo Avatar

        Did you know both versions of the Deora are modeled after the ass-ends of Ford station wagons?

        1. longrooffan Avatar

          Ah Yes, another bit of automobile trivia that will never earn me one red cent. Good to know though! Thanks Jo.

  2. P161911 Avatar

    Pretty much anything George Barris did for TV in the 1960s or 1970s qualifies.
    Batmobile (actually all Batmobiles)
    Monkee Mobile
    both Munster Mobiles
    Beverly Hillbillies Truck

    1. tonyola Avatar

      Once again, George Barris did NOT create the MonkeeMobile – Dean Jeffries did. Barris only bought one of the two that Jeffries made.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monkeemobile

  3. Alff Avatar

    With a tip of the hat to the Saucy Minx, here is the Car that Rust built (Rust Heinz, that is. I wonder if he waited for it with an-ti-ci-pay-shun).
    <img src="http://www.autoweteran.gower.pl/concept/1938_Phantom_Corsair.jpg"width=500&gt;
    and its tiny companion
    <img src="http://www.southtexasdiecast.com/hwguide/images/600/656a.jpg"&gt;

    1. Slow Joe Crow Avatar

      thanks, that was first thought as well.

    2. zaddikim Avatar

      That is so much bloody win. Thanks!

  4. Jo_Schmo Avatar

    can we include vehicles that were spawned from vidya games??
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RL9Y7EyCEx4

  5. Jo_Schmo Avatar

    <img src="www.leehehe.com/images/hot_wheels_twin_mill.jpg">

    1. Alff Avatar

      I'm not one of those grouchy "stock is better" purists but in this case I'll make an exception.

  6. tonyola Avatar
    1. njhoon Avatar

      I saw that car in person, and boy is that thing cool as hell.

  7. Tomsk Avatar

    The Black Widow. Monogram kit from the '60s:
    <img src="http://www.zoomie.com/black-widow-2/00.jpg&quot; width="662" height="377" />
    Real thing built last year:
    <img src="http://image.rodandcustommagazine.com/f/18301806+w750+st0/0906rc_09_z+60th_grand_national_roadster_show+1926_t.jpg&quot; width="640" height="480" />

  8. JayP Avatar

    Elvis has a black Blackhawk in his collection.

    1. zaddikim Avatar

      So you're saying he _is_ still alive?

  9. ptschett Avatar

    Not sure where the line between "custom" and "factory-sponsored insanity" is, but…
    <img src="http://www.rebelvanners.co.uk/2700_1.jpg&quot; />
    The 1:64 version was one of my favorite Matchbox cars, second only to the Sierra XR4Ti and Escort 2000 RS. (I had a Ford of Europe thing for some reason.)

  10. PowerTryp Avatar

    The Mustang Mach III should be included in this as well being that it's a concept car, a guy built one after the fact on his own and theres a model kit by Revell.

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