• Boyd Coddington Dead at 63

Boyd Coddington Dead at 63
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Boyd Coddington, legendary builder of some of the world’s most beautiful hot rods, has died at the age of 63. The cause of death was not immediately disclosed. However, Coddington had been hospitalized last month following a fall.

Coddington raised the building of hot rods to an unparalleled level of beauty. Among his signature works are Chezoom (a gloriously modified ’57 Chevy) and Cadzilla, a sleekly modified ’49 Cadillac.

Boyd Coddington Dead at 63
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Coddington won the award for “America’s Most Beautiful Roadster” at the Oakland Roadster Show - the ultimate trophy in the world of hot rodding – a record six times.

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Coddington employed Chip Foose as his chief designer for a number of years and also began a business venture specializing in custom wheels. Coddington, however, encountered financial problems in the wheel business and was later forced into business reorganization after a recession in the Asian market left the business overextended. Coddington also was targeted due to his celebrity by California authorities seeking to crack down on the common practice in that state of licensing hot rods as antique vehicles to reduce the excessive registration fees charged hot rods.

Boyd Coddington Dead at 63
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His creations, however, are what represented the real Boyd Coddington – as remarkable for their flawless craftsmanship as for their perfectly proportioned beauty.

Coddington’s most recent venture was his television program, “American Hot Rod,” aired on the TLC cable channel. The show, something of a clone of a clone of the successful cable show originated by Foose, “OverHaulin,” reflected a rivalry that existed in the last several years between Foose and Coddington.

But, Coddington was the first. He extended the boundaries of hot rodding to include art. He set the bar.

Ralph Kalal
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  (210) posted on 09.30.2010

A sad passing of a talented visionary, even if did help contribute to the movement of the hobby to ultra high end dollar builds out of the reach of the ordinary Joe.

  (1211) posted on 09.27.2010

But his name will surely live forever in the heart of auto industry and his relative.

  (503) posted on 08.22.2010

I agree, it is the most beautiful roadster, the Chezoom I mean.

  (320) posted on 08.8.2010

What a sad news especially for the car industry. Coddington have made a great innovation on cars and road changed the way it looks.

  (462) posted on 05.25.2010

Well that’s a sad news for all, especially for the fans.

  (5990) posted on 03.21.2008

OMG! This is so sad. I watched all his series at Discovery Chanel and the cars he was creating and the magic he was making was unbelievable. RIP Boyd.

  (5990) posted on 03.13.2008

Such a same he will sadly missed in the motor industry

  (5990) posted on 02.29.2008

Sad news I still don’t belive it because I watch American Hot Rod in the discovery channel but I ’m going to miss Boyd.

  (5990) posted on 02.28.2008

very sad i cant believe he died its so....uncertain...r.i.p.

  (5990) posted on 02.28.2008

Another Great Legend Lost! :’(

  (5990) posted on 02.28.2008

великий человек, великие дела. Покоя и славы, праху твоему.

  (5990) posted on 02.28.2008

Rest in peace Boyd. You will be missed.

  (59) posted on 02.27.2008

R.I.P Boyd

Loved Your American Hot-Rod Show, enjoyed your work over tens years and there well be nobody Boyd again

Rest in Peace

  (5990) posted on 02.27.2008

Dam thats really sad to hear.

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