Farewell to Boyd Coddington

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Boyd Coddington died at the age of 63 Wednesday.

Many of us watched the Discovery Channel’s show American Hot Rod as his dysfunctional crew produced fantastic vehicles that Boyd designed and always in less time than humanly possible.

As fantastic creations rolled out of the shop there always seemed to be collateral damage in the form of staff leaving or being fired.  While it was fascinating to watch the creative process it was often agonizing to watch the destruction of people’s dreams as they left Boyd’s shop.

Two of the most notable former employees of Boyd’s were Jesse James (Monster Garage) and Chip Foose (Overhaulin’).

Boyd was known for some artistic custom versions of classic muscle cars as well as completely hand built hot rods.  At one point his business was growing dramatically as he had a custom wheel business as well as custom car business.  For a brief period he had a line of car care products that were sold through Auto Zone and a few other parts outlets.  I liked the wax and shampoo so much that I snatched up every item I could find when I heard that it was coming to an end.  At one point I even contacted someone about the possibility of buying the product line.  Unfortunately the follow through from the seller wasn’t there.

What ever you thought of Boyd’s management style you had to be impressed by his design sense and the remarkable vehicles that his shop produced.  Boyd and his Hawaiian shirts will certainly be missed.

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8 Responses to Farewell to Boyd Coddington

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  2. ZZMan says:

    I came across this site that has gathered “cadzilla videos” in honor of Boyd and his incredible design vision of pre hot rod creations. I really enjoyed the collections so I highly recommend droppiong by and having a look.

    http://www.l8st.info/cadzillz

    ZZMan

  3. Rodney says:

    Same here Jim, I really love some of the cars that came out of Boyd’s shop. They all were all beautiful and unique in design. However, as much as I enjoyed seeing the cars in the show, I really did not care for all the conflict and drama. I’m wouldn’t surprised that a lot of it was pressure from the producers to create drama to push up ratings. I sometimes wonder how much of it was Boyd and how much of it were the producers. None-the-less, the greatness he acheived in creativity and design will be missed by many.

  4. Jim's sister says:

    The cause of death was complications of diabetes, said Brad Fanshaw, a former president of two of Mr. Coddington’s companies.

    So young. I’m sorry.

  5. gk says:

    greatly missed. boyd’s cars were road ripping work’s of art and beauty. a legend what more can i say

  6. theg35spot says:

    He will be missed.

  7. THORSTEN says:

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