Boyd Coddington-connected custom Chevy at reasonable price

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Boyd Coddington
The '55 Chevy shows Coddington's famous attention to detail

(Editor’s note:  Earlier versions of this story contained incorrect information about this car’s history.  While the car was customized in Boyd Coddington’s shop, it was one of many cars that passed through over the years and not specially built by Boyd Coddington, according to his eldest son, Boyd Coddington Jr.  The younger Coddington said the Chevy was actually owned by him and he did the finish work on it, and that his father did not have a hand in it.   

(While the car’s Certificate of Authenticity says it was customized by Boyd Coddington, it should be noted that many cars customized in the Coddington shop would be eligible for such a certificate; it should not be misconstrued as a car designed or built by Coddington Sr, the son said. 

(One of Coddington Sr.’s other sons, Chris Coddington, contends that the car is misrepresented as a car built by his father and that any buyer should be aware that it is not a Boyd Coddington car.  Information presented in the seller’s ad is incorrect, he notes. A comment by Chris Coddington can be found at the end of the article. ) 

The late California customizer Boyd Coddington was one of the greatest, a meticulous coachbuilder with a unique vision who revolutionized custom car building into the art form that we know today.

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As such, Coddington’s many automotive masterpieces are hotly desired as collector’s items, often soaring into high six-figure values for his most-famous and over-the-top creations. 

The Pick of the Day is a one-of-a-kind 1955 Chevrolet business utility two-door sedan that  was customized in Coddington’s California shop into a gleaming street rod, primarily built by his son, Boyd Coddington Jr., in 1996. 

Boyd Coddington
Coddington used the ‘trim delete’ utility-sedan package to the car’s advantage

The customized Chevy stays true to the simple lines, sparse trim and straightforward styling of the brand’s least-expensive car that year.  

Although the seller does not go into great detail about the car, there is mention of it winning prizes and having been driven little since it was customized

“She has won many awards and has stunning Coddington style, quality and runs and sound incredible,” the seller adds. “She has less than 4,800 miles.”

Boyd Coddington
The Chevy was given appropriate street-rod performance

 

 

The Chevy looks stunning in the gallery of photos with the ad, and would be a valued custom car even without the Coddington connection. 

But since it has been confirmed as a Boyd Coddington Jr. build, the car seems like a striking bargain at the asking price of $125,000.  

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

6 COMMENTS

  1. It leaves me wondering why the son let this car go in the first place and why he doesn’t want to retrieve this car for himself again… curious…

    • Story is fake. Boyd’s other 2 sons said this never happened. Quiet an interesting read on facebook. This isn’t the first time Jr has done this to make money.

  2. Sadly enough it’s just another example of someone getting duped by my older half brother. Sorry to say this is not a Boyd built car.

    • It is an authentic Boyd Build. We all know the history of the sibling rivalry in the Coddington family. The job jacket for the car is available to the buyer.

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