the car junkie daily magazine.


This 1915 Ford Was The First Car Boyd Coddington Ever Got In A Magazine!

This 1915 Ford Was The First Car Boyd Coddington Ever Got In A Magazine!

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
“Dad built hundreds of cars over the years, but the first hot rod he built recognized by the magazines was a 1915 Center Door that Street Rodder Magazine published in the August, 1974 issue.”

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
* Chrome Mustang brake calipers with safety wire.
* Zenith knock off wire wheels
* Jim Babbs brass radiator
* 1 1/2 x 3 inch box tube frame that is also very similar to his second magazine car “Fantastic T”
* Vertical steering column with spark advance lever that operates C-4 automatic transmission
* Very unique custom one-off exhaust manifolds, aluminum valve covers, chrome oil pan
* The exact same pinstripes on the body
* All metal body and fenders with louvered hood
* Stock kerosene taillight converted to 12 volt
* A Boyd Coddington independent rear suspension very similar to his other early builds including his 1932 Roadster “The Cutting Edge” and the 1940 Ford Woody, “The Togster”

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

John    954-790-9570

Available for inspection by appointment in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Clear Florida title in my name showing the car as a 1915 Ford

  • Share This
  • Pinterest
  • 0

7 thoughts on “This 1915 Ford Was The First Car Boyd Coddington Ever Got In A Magazine!

  1. HotRodPop

    Gotta be in awe that Bangshift has a follower SOOOO talented that he can dis the late great Boyd Coddington! We bow down to you, mike… GO POUND SALT UP YER [email protected]# !

  2. Hoffman

    Man, what was once a really awesome car is now just a mess! I really hate to see what’s become of it.

  3. Bill Greenwood

    What happened to that thing? Did it get parked in an ocean-front carport for thirty years. Hell, there are 1974 Fury’s running around Minnesota that don’t have that kind of rot.

  4. aussie351

    “When properly restored how could this not be a six-figure car at a Barrett Jackson collector car auction!”

    Gone are the days where people just bought a car because it’s cool.

    Seems like everything now just revolves around flipping cars to make money

Comments are closed.




Get The Bangshift Newsletter