My Car Quest

February 27, 2020

More Hot Rods & Custom Cars In California

by Mike –

What motivates a car lover to spend time and money on a custom car that may not be worth the investment when it is done?


The hot rod and custom car culture is interesting because the builders of these cars will willingly spend much more money to build the car than they are worth to anyone else.


Mercury Custom

It is their personal artistic expression.

Hot Rod

Hot Rod

This 1957 Chevy below does not fit into the category of the other cars here it could well be worth more than the owner’s investment and I just loved this car.

1957 Chevy

1957 Chevy

There is a saying in the hot rod world “why buy a hot rod for $50,000 when you can build one for $150,000?”.


Orange Willys

More hot rods are here.

1955 Chevy

1955 Chevy – Modified

Custom Cars

Cool Flames

Chevrolet Pick up truck

1946 Chevrolet Pickup Truck

Custom Car

Lavender Custom

Hot Rod

Unusual Color Hot Rod

Chevrolet Pick up truck

Pea Soup Green & Black Chevrolet Pickup Truck

Hot Rod

Hot Rods and Hot Dogs

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  1. autotraveler says

    Mike, it never ceases to amaze me, when I watch car auctions on TV, when I see a car cross the block — especially resto-mods — that sell for far less than what I know to be far less than what i know the cost to build such a car to be. Some of the higher-end examples cost as much as $250,000 to build, yet often, when sold, barely break $100,000.

    It might be interesting to look at what some of the cars that sold this weekend at the Mecum Salmon Brothers Auction sold for to see if I might be right in my observation.

    Richard Truesdell

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