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Boyd's Smoothster
Modified '37 Ford Cabriolet

  • Original year: 1998
  • Company: Testors
  • Scale: 1/24
  • Designer: Boyd Coddington

Boyd Coddington added to his status as our foremost hot rod builder when his yellow Smoothster was named "America's Most Beautiful Roadster" at the prestigious Oakland Roadster Show in 1995. An absolutely stunning rendition of 1937 Ford Cabriolet, the Smooster earned Coddington his fifth win at Oakland. Without a wasted curve or needless protrusion visible anywhere the Smoothster fulfills its mandate. Open the hood and the engine room is surgically clean--wires and cables and hydraulic lines are hidden, rerouted, disguised so just the magnificent, colorful, Corvette LT-1 motor remains. Nothing in there but lots of power and gleaming yellow and chrome.

Smoothster body panels were artfully sculpted of both aluminum and steel and its signature grill was handformed of brass and then richly chrome plated. All frame and suspension components were built by Boyd and the machine rides on custom Boyd billet wheels and BF Goodrich tires. All hot rod designers now know that Smoothster is the standard by which future work will be judged. It's a mighty challenge, indeed.

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Dave's comments:

Of all the 90s customs and show rods, this is clearly the best-looking. The only one that really comes close to looking this cool is Dave Carlock's Vantastic.



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