Boyds First All Aluminum Hot Rod
& the 1990 Americas Most beautiful Roadster
Butch Martino from White Plains New York was the proud owner of several of the early and more notable hot rods to come out of Boyd Coddington Garage. This radical altered roadster and winner of the 1990 Americas Most Beautiful Roadster Award was by far Butch’s favorite and for good reason. In 1998 when my dad pitched the project to Butch, he had the far-reaching idea to build the entire hot rod out of aluminum. Butch loved the concept and commissioned the 1932 roadster dubbed “Passion”, and the first all aluminum hot rod to come out of Boyd Coddingtons Garage.
Just about every part of this 1932 roadster is hand-fabricated aluminum. The refined Thom Taylor design combined with the Coddington trademark look and the billet aluminum elements carry throughout the entire hot rod. The futuristic Thom Taylor design starts with the aggressive grille shell, flows through the hood and sides, the suicide style doors to the one-off aluminum body shaped by Craig Naff. Greg Morrell laid down the plum paint, which was followed up by the double pinstripe by Dennis Ricklefs. Bobby Griffey stitched the gray leather and plum fabric interior.
The Craig Naff sculpted body and hood looked so awesome in bare aluminum, we decided to take it on tour and display it in several shows including the Nationals in Louisville.
After “Passion” had been crowned Americas Most Beautiful Roadster, I spent a year on the road with Butch’s roadster touring the Super Chevy Shows. I can tell you from experience, this hot rod demanded attention and drew in the crowds. The late Pete Peterson and me would take it out cruising in the evening where spectators got an opportunity to see it on the road.
Other Awards include Best In Class, Best In Show and Best Rod
Martino's AMBR Roadster Build Sheet
|Owner||Butch Martino, White Plains New York|
|Frame/Manufacturer||Just A Hobby|
|Modifications||Custom Design By Thom Taylor|
|Front Suspension||Boyds Aluminum IFS|
|Rear Suspension||Custom Independent Rear|
|Differential||Custom Coilover on GM unit|
|Steering Box/Column||Mustang aluminum|
|Wheels Front||Custom One Off 14x6|
|Wheels Rear||Custom One Off 15x10|
|Gas Tank||Custom/All Aluminum|
|Body Material||All Aluminum|
|Hood Material||All Aluminum|
|Lights Front/Rear||Custom Fabricated|
|Pin striping||Dennis Ricklefs|
|Upholstery/Color Seats||Gray Leather|
|Top||Custom Fabricated Aluminum|
|instrument Panel||Custom Fabricated Billet Aluminum|
|Steering Wheel||Custom/One Off Design|
|Engine||1989 Chevy Corvette|
|TPI||Street And Performance|
|Driveshaft||Boyd Coddington Design|
|Water Pump||Lil John|
|Engine Dress Up||Billet Aluminum/One Off Design|