The world’s premier hot rod and race car builders are always judged on the last car to come out of their shops, and regular folks like us find ourselves drooling over each and every one of them while wondering where they got the super human skills to build such things. I often think about how much practice and skill it takes to get to that level. But it is sometimes fun to see where these guys started as well. After all, Troy Trepanier’s first hot rod wasn’t nearly as good as his latest. And the same goes for everyone. But what about the first one of their builds to get national attention? What about their first magazine feature? That’s the subject of this one right here. This is Boyd Coddington’s first magazine feature and it was his own project that he built after working all day at Disneyland as a machinist. This is a cool piece of history.
It is is rough shape, there is no doubt, but it is understandable as this car was caught up in a building collapse from a hurricane and then sitting in the horrible Florida air.
|This is Boyd Coddington’s 1915 Model T Center Door.
It was his first car to appear in a magazine, Street Rodder Aug. 1974.
A quote from boydcoddingtonsgarage.com
This car was also featured in the Feb. 1976 issue of Popular Hot Rodding, the articles from both magazines are included at the bottom of this auction.
By comparing pictures and descriptions found online and in magazines, here are some of the identifying features that prove this is Boyd Coddington’s 1915 Model T Center Door:
* Chrome front suspension with MAS 6 inch dropped axle, Jaguar / Monroe coil-over shocks
With this being Boyd Coddington’s first magazine car it is not only the coolest Model T on earth but it is also a piece of custom car building history, it deserves to be saved.
When properly restored how could this not be a six-figure car at a Barrett Jackson collector car auction!
If you have a genuine interest,
please call me with your questions
Available for inspection by appointment in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Clear Florida title in my name showing the car as a 1915 Ford