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.

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