Hot Rod of the Week: CadZZilla

Hot Rod Restoration Hot Rod of the Week: CadZZilla zztop
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Before Duck Dynasty there was another set of famous beards, those belonging to rock icons ZZ Top. Front man Billy F. Gibbons is a big time hot rod restoration enthusiast. And in the 1980’s he decided to turn a classic ’49 caddy into something the hot rod world had never seen. He leaned on a couple of design gurus including Boyd Coddington to help bring his vision to life: CadZZilla.

Gibbons wanted CadZZilla to blend classic features with futuristic body work. Boyd’s shop added a ’85 Corvette suspension to the ’49 frame. The body panels were sweeping and sleek; a comic book brought to life.

CadZZilla debuted in 1989, after only six months in the shop. It was an instant hit and continues to be one the great achievements in custom hod rod fabrication.

American Muscle Cars on the Silver Screen

Steve McQueen in '68 Ford Mustang American muscle cars on the Silver Screen

When and why did you fall in love with classic American muscle cars? Was it in your father’s garage? Was it the first time you heard the rumble a big block V-8 cruising past? Or was it at the theatre with a big bucket of buttery popcorn in your lap? Steve McQueen in that dusty ’68 Ford Mustang 390 CID Fastback like the king of cool.

TIME magazine put together a photo gallery of great muscle cars across great and not so great American movies. We cycled through the gallery a few times, we picked and unpicked favorites. In the end we just couldn’t decide.

The General Lee? Naw, to easy.

McQueen’s ‘Stang? It is damn cool.

James Dean’s ’49 Mercury? Maybe…

Give us a hand here. Take a look and tell us your favorite in the comments section below.

Muscle Car of the Week: 1968 Ford Mustang GT500KR

Muscle Car 1968 Ford Mustang GT500KR | Brauns Auto
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If your kids are into muscle cars they probably know the ’68 GT500KR as “Eleanor.” Like it or not in their eyes this American beauty is forever linked with Nic Cage. For those of us who could care less about “Gone in 60 Seconds” the ’68 will forever be known as King of the Road, because that is what KR stands for and because that is what it was.

Shelby quoted the horsepower output of the big 7L Cobra Jet engine at 335bhp. This was of course a big fat lie dished out to lower insurance costs. If you hook a King of the Road up for a dyno run you’ll see numbers closer to 450bhp.

933 GT500KR Fastbacks were produced and 318 convertibles. This is one of the most powerful and popular Mustangs of all-time. It isn’t difficult to find aftermarket parts for most Mustangs. However, this one deserves to be all original and good luck with that. This rumbling piece of perfection is best kept on your muscle car restoration wish list unless you’re one of the very rare enthusiasts with the finances to pull off the dream of dreams.