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In Lost Hot Rods, we attempt to answer the questions about whatever happened to these great cars. We're not talking about vintage tin sitting in the desert or woods, or old cars parked in farm fields. Nearly all of these vintage rods and customs were found in urban or suburban garages—possibly right in your neighborhood—where they were parked years ago, maybe to save, perhaps torn apart for a rebuild, or in many cases they are projects that were started years ago and just never finished. The condition of such ...

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Overview

In Lost Hot Rods, we attempt to answer the questions about whatever happened to these great cars. We're not talking about vintage tin sitting in the desert or woods, or old cars parked in farm fields. Nearly all of these vintage rods and customs were found in urban or suburban garages—possibly right in your neighborhood—where they were parked years ago, maybe to save, perhaps torn apart for a rebuild, or in many cases they are projects that were started years ago and just never finished. The condition of such finds ranges from musty piles of parts, to dusty and cobwebbed originals, to pristine, still-show-quality beauties. We also show cars that have been located by others, either as-is or now in beautiful restored condition. Either way, we tell the process of finding such vehicles, giving many tips on how you can find them, too. This isn't a book about seeking these cars for profit. What's more important, and fun, is the search itself. If, when you find such a long-lost rod or custom, it turns out that it is available and you can afford to acquire it and put it back on the road and enjoy it, so much the better. But just finding them; finally answering that "Whatever happened to...?" question is the main goal. In most cases we show vintage photos of the car in its heyday, along with where and how it looks today. But what makes this venture doubly fun, and what separates this book from others, is that we are not just looking for old cars or even collector cars hidden away. Finding a vintage Corvette, or Porsche, or even a gennie Model A or Model T stashed in a garage or barn is cool. But hot rods and custom cars are very different—literally. Each one is unique. So each of these cars has its own unique story, it's own personal history, which makes Lost Hot Rods a special collection of stories as well as "Then" and "Now" images.

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Editorial Reviews

Jalopy Journal
It's a worthy buy if you are into such things. - October 2010
Midwest Book Review
Pat Ganahl's 'Lost Hot Rods' deserves ongoing mention and recommendation as a top pick not just for car collector's libraries, but for any general lending library. Intriguing writing! --(James Cox, June 2011)
Old Cars Weekly
Lost Hot Rods is a delightful peek into old garages, under tarpaulins and in basements for those cars that got away.
Rod & Custom
It's a great book, and we had trouble putting it down!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934709221
  • Publisher: CarTech, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Pages: 191
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Pat Ganahl is the author of several CarTech books, including definitive works on Ed "Big Daddy" Roth and Von Dutch. He is a life-long hot rodder and has been the editor of Street Rodder, Hot Rod, Rod & Custom, and The Rodder's Journal.

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