The latest addition to the Boydster family is represented by the slender Boydster Three Characterized by a clean hot rod look, with flowing lines and an imposing stance, its premier unveiling took place at the 2003 Goodguys Rod & Custom Show in Columbus, Ohio, where it was announced as being the giveaway car for the following year event. Moreover, this occasion marked the second consecutive year when Boyd Coddington Garage was given the privilege of receiving this nomination.
In addition, the Boydster 3 was the showpiece of an American Hot Rod special, which followed, in detail, every part of the fabrication process. Alongside viewing edited material, the audience was given exclusive access to a behind-the-scenes perspective of how the spectacular automobile was built. In taking this approach, we wanted to engage the motoring enthusiasts even more, moving beyond the disengaged or pervasive viewpoint of the camera that tends to characterize the small screen. The end of the Discovery Channel special culminated with the official unveiling of the Boydster 3 at the 2004 Columbus Goodguys event.
Penned for the first time in 2001, the Boydster 3 was fabricated from 2002 to half of 2003, with 1933 and ’34 Fords serving as basis for its design. Its root lie deeply embedded in a timeline comprised of influential ’33 based hot rods, including Vern Luce’s ’33 coupe, Jamie Musselman’s Roadster and Larry Murray’s Phantom Phaeton. Paying homage to the tradition of manufacture, the original Boydster 3 is fabricated by hand, with steel as the material of choice, whilst retaining a full-fender appearance characteristic of the hot rods of times bygone, with flowing, swept front fenders. Our signature Coddington-designed stainless steel grille completes its visual aesthetics.
Under the bonnet lies a 351 Ford crate motor that provides the raw power. A TPI transmission, together with an Edelbrock carburetor, a Flowmaster exhaust system and accessories coming from Street & Performance add to the appeal of the car. A Gas Fabrication radiator is in charge of cooling, a Boyd Coddington Pro-Ride chassis, Coddington disc brakes, Flaming River steering column and rack, a high flow K&N air filter with a custom box and Lokar shifter, pedals and cables stand proof for the level of craftsmanship and detail allotted to creating the hot rod.
Inside, the leather upholstery is finished in such a manner so as to complement the athletic exterior of the vehicle. Residing in the 6061-billet insert on the dash are Boyd Coddington signature series gauges by Classic Instruments, which provide the essential information for the driver at a glance.
Ultimately, our goal was to make use of the original, steel handcrafted Boydster 3 to produce the tooling and elements needed for the fabrication of high quality, yet at the same time affordable Boydster 3 fiberglass bodies that rolled on a Boyd Coddington Pro Ride Chassis.
With the inception of the Boydster 3, we truly believe we have reinvented the 21st century hot rod. Through our relentless effort of pushing forward the boundaries of modern technology, design techniques and by utilizing ultramodern materials, but still preserving the unique “Boyd Look™”, with smooth, elegant lines reminiscent of classic hot rods, we have helped redefine what a custom automobile is today.
With the Boydster 3, we reinvented the 21st century hot rod. We married modern technology, design techniques and state-of-the-art materials with the unmistakably smooth elegant lines, with the flair of the classic hot rods.
Undertaken as a challenge, Gil Losi’s “Ratster” represented a project like no other. In essence a Boydster 3, the Ratster is a hybrid, combining the lavish lines of a hot rod with the minimalistic appearance of a rat, in an attempt to demonstrate the craftsmanship of our shop. Eventhough this is not a purebred, it serves as proof that in order to stand out and be relevant in the custom industry, rules must be bent and boundaries crossed. In our next story, the history of the Boydster 3, from inception to its final form, will be covered, so be sure to follow our venture into the world of customs.