Australia has a long and rich hot rod history. Many people tend to compare old Australian hot rods with East Coast American built hot rods of the 1950s and 1960s. The first Australian hot rods were often unchopped and channeled. They were also powered by Flathead Ford V-8 engines as that was what they had avaiable at the time.
As Ford Customlines, Mainlanes and trucks powered by the Y Block Ford were sold in considerable numbers through the 1950s, the move to overhead engines gained pace in Australia in the 1960s. Chevrolet cars and trucks sold in Australia in the 1950s were almost all powered by inline six cylinder engines. When Y block powered cars became available in the second hand market, they became the hot rodders number one choice. The first Chevrolet V-8's weren't sold until 1961, so they didn't become available until the late 1960s and the early 1970s.
Hot Rods of Australia
The Milthorpe Special
Roger Griss' 1928 Chrysler Coupe
Jack O'Neill's Ford Model A Tudor
Jack O'Neill's Ford Model A Sports Coupe
Phil Williams' Ford Model A Sports Coupe
Barry Kennedy's 1930 Ford Model A Sports Coupe
Gary Wright's 1932 Ford Roadster
Glenn Tronc's 1932 Ford Tourer
Jack O'Neill's 1932 Ford Roadster
Robert Lane's 1932 Ford Roadster
Rod Foote's 1932 Ford Roadster
Darrol Finger's 1934 Ford 5-Window Coupe
Darryl Harvey's 1934 Ford Roadster
Jack O'Neill's 1934 Ford 5-Window Coupe
Jack O'Neill's 1934 Ford Sedan
Jack O'Neill's 1934 Ford Roadster
Ray Ellis' 1934 Ford 5-Window Coupe
Colin Jacka's 1935 Ford 5-Window Coupe
Jack O'Neill's 1936 Ford Phaeton
Custom Cars of Australia
Hot Rod and Custom Car Clubs of Australia
Bent Eights of Sydney
Drag-ons of Sydney
Northern Beaches of Sydney
Rickshaws of Sydney
Road Knights of Sydney
Romans Hot Rod Association
Saints of Sydney
Shifters of Sydney
Spades of Melbourne
Twin Towns of Sydney
Custom Body Shops of Australia
Speed Equipment Manufacturers of Australia
Citizens of Australia
Leo De Paulo
Did you enjoy this article?
Kustomrama is an encyclopedia dedicated to preserve, share and protect traditional hot rod and custom car history from all over the world.
- Help us keep Kustomrama and history alive. For as little as 1 USD a month you can become a monthly supporter. Click here to learn more.
- Subscribe to our free newsletter and receive regular updates and stories from Kustomrama.
- Do you know someone who would enjoy this article? Click here to forward it.
Can you help us make this article better?
Please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have additional information or photos to share about Australia.
This article was made possible by:
SunTec Auto Glass - Auto Glass Services on Vintage and Classic Cars
Finding a replacement windshield, back or side glass can be a difficult task when restoring your vintage or custom classic car. It doesn't have to be though now with auto glass specialist companies like www.suntecautoglass.com. They can source OEM or OEM-equivalent glass for older makes/models; which will ensure a proper fit every time. Check them out for more details!
Do you want to see your company here? Click here for more info about how you can advertise your business on Kustomrama.