The line between a rat rod and a custom hot rod is often blurred. Some cars are nice enough to nearly fall out of the rat rod category but there’s something about them that still says rodent. This car is a prime example of a hot rod/rat rod. It is a 1927 Ford Model T that is titled as 1918 and can be found here on celebritycars.com with an asking price of $34,500. The car is owned by musician DJ Ashba of Guns N’ Roses fame and was built by West Coast Customs.
In this photo, you can see some of the custom features that make this car unique. The rear panel has a ton of louvers. The roof has two large panels of what appears to be plexiglass (but may be real glass) surrounded by dozens of rivets. There’s a roof hatch that looks like an access for the small gas tank.
The mix of silver and black is really striking in this car. The grille features the Ashba Clothing logo and has a menacing look. The door panels also have the Ashba Clothing call-out, but it is done very tastefully.
The engine is a 302 cubic inch Ford backed by a C4 transmission and the black and silver theme is continued with the engine accessories. The valve covers and exhaust headers blend perfectly with the rest of the car.
As mentioned before, the interior features a gas tank along with a couple of ammo cans that have been painted to match the theme. The transmission/driveline tunnel divides the seat and is a necessary feature of a car that is channeled low over the frame like this one is. The door panels also feature the Ashba Clothing logo and the gauge style fits right in with the dash.
Overall, this is a really cool car. The modifications are plentiful but done very tastefully and the entire car fits together with the sinister/classy theme. If you were to buy it, is there anything you would change? Would you call this car a hot rod or rat rod? Perhaps you would call it something else?