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Radically Modified Crissman Lakester

  • Original year: 1995
  • Company: Testors
  • Scale: 1/24
  • Designer: Body Coddington , Bob Larivee & Larry Erickson

Described by some as the "NEW DIRECTION" in street rodding, the Aluma-Coupe's aerodynamic styling, billet aluminum parts, handcrafted suspension and aggressive stance all combine to produce the ultimate E-ticket ride into the future. Boyd Coddington and his crew at Hot Rods By Boyd, teamed up with Bob Larivee of Group promotions along with Larry Erickson, a well known Detroit designer, and modified the Aluma-Copue after the Crissman Lakester. Together, they took those classic lines and added nineties technology with the mid-mounted HKS performance products prepped 300+ hp Mitsubishi GS 2.0 liter turbocharged 4 cylinder powerplant.

The frame, made of 1010 steel tubing, includes four wheel independent suspension and hand crafted billet aluminum upper and lower control arms. The control arms alone took over 200 hours to fabricate. The master stroke of course, are Boyd's world famous billet wheels. The body was hand-formed out of over 140 sq. ft. of aluminum sheets cut into individual body panels. Completed in 1991, after more than 7000 manhours going into the Aluma-Coupe, Boyd Coddington has indeed created a hybrid street rod, ready to take rodding into the next century!

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Dave's comments:

7000 manhours to create this thing? INcredible! Hope they all have good-paying day jobs. Boyd Coddington has a number of fantastic designs from the 90s on this site like the CheZoom.



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