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8 Krazy Kustom Kars at the 2018 Amelia Island Concours

Motor Trend Logo Motor Trend | Slide 1 of 9: It may be hard for today's youth to believe, but there was a time in the pre-Snapchat '60s when lots of kids and teens were crazy about toy cars and building plastic model car kits. Hot Wheels and Revell catered to these car-centric hobbies and both featured the custom cars created by noted artist, cartoonist, illustrator, pin-striper and custom car designer/constructor Ed Roth. He's known as "Big Daddy" Roth because Revell insisted he spice up his name. They originally proposed names like "Spider" or "Roach," possibly riffing on the airbrushed "weirdo" T-shirt monsters Roth had been selling in the pages of Car Craft since July 1958. But the robustly sized father of five settled on Big Daddy. Starting in 1959, Roth contributed substantially to a car-customizing trend that had been in full swing (and abundantly featured on Motor Trend covers) for a decade. Ed sold most of these heavily chromed flights of fancy for next to nothing after they'd spent a few years on the show circuit, and many fell into disastrous disrepair. Fortunately most have been resurrected or recreated—many by Southern California Ford megadealer Galpin Motors. At the 2018 Amelia Island Concours, we rounded up eight of Ed's best.

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It may be hard for today's youth to believe, but there was a time in the pre-Snapchat '60s when lots of kids and teens were crazy about toy cars and building plastic model car kits. Hot Wheels and Revell catered to these car-centric hobbies and both featured the custom cars created by noted artist, cartoonist, illustrator, pin-striper and custom car designer/constructor Ed Roth. He's known as "Big Daddy" Roth because Revell insisted he spice up his name. They originally proposed names like "Spider" or "Roach," possibly riffing on the airbrushed "weirdo" T-shirt monsters Roth had been selling in the pages of Car Craft since July 1958. But the robustly sized father of five settled on Big Daddy. Starting in 1959, Roth contributed substantially to a car-customizing trend that had been in full swing (and abundantly featured on Motor Trend covers) for a decade. Ed sold most of these heavily chromed flights of fancy for next to nothing after they'd spent a few years on the show circuit, and many fell into disastrous disrepair. Fortunately most have been resurrected or recreated—many by Southern California Ford megadealer Galpin Motors. At the 2018 Amelia Island Concours, we rounded up eight of Ed's best.

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