A Boyd Coddington Built Phantom Phaeton
The Phantom Phaeton hot rod was built in 1985 for the late hot rodder and Boyd’s good friend, Bob Kolmos. The idea to build this hot rod began years earlier while Bob was at the 1976 Street Rod Nationals with his long time friend “Lil John” Buttera. The Kolmos Phaeton probably holds the record for a Boyd Built™ hot rod with the most miles, as Bob would drive and display his Phantom Phaeton at local and other car shows across the country every chance he had.
Bob wanted a ’34 Tudor sedan like one he had owned previously, so Lil John suggested a highboy tub. Bob didn’t want a four-door hot rod, so Lil John recommended using a roadster cowl with a Tudor sedan body less the roof. Bob was anxious to start the project immediately, but Lil John was busy with Indycar projects so he recommended an upcoming hot rod builder, Boyd Coddington. Coddington liked the original concept and took it upon himself to make it happen and commissioned Thom Taylor to sketch the vision for a Ford body style had never been offered. Originally, a sedan body for a realistic price couldn’t be found, so the decision was made to go with a fiberglass Deuce roadster body.
Coddington found a steel Tudor sedan body and then swapped it for the fiberglass roadster body. The Coddington crew significantly modified the sedan body by cutting new roadster-style doors. To attain what has become now the Coddington’s signature smooth or Boyd Look, he had Scott Knight construct a three-piece aluminum hood, a rear rolled pan, a full belly pan, a bowed aluminum top, and the complete rear body panel. Coddington set the new body on a set of aftermarket frame rails that he had modified in front. Lil John provided his expertise by fabricating an aluminum independent front suspension similar to his ’26 T sedan.
A Halibrand quick-change with coil-over shocks was installed in the rear. Bob chose a reliable driveline, a Chevy 350-cid V-8 mated to a Turbo 350 automatic transmission. Ronnie Patitucci constructed the engine, using a single four-barrel carburetor. Like any Coddington creation, the interior was flawless by way of an Al Cooper stitched a butterscotch vinyl and Herculon cloth to a pair of front buckets and a rear seats. Cooper covered the aluminum lift-off top in a matching Mercedes-Benz fabric. Inside, Coddington’s crew added a Carrera steering wheel, billet gas and brake pedals and Boyd had “Fat” Jack Robinson fabricate an aluminum dash insert with VDO gauges.
All Boyd Coddington built hot rods are fitted with billet wheels and a clean paint job. Bob selected a custom mixed yellow Ford color for the body and Boyd machined a set of custom one-off wheels on his trusty manual Bridgeport mill. The Phantom Phaeton is modest, yet tasteful with a perfect stance and aggressive performance.