I've searched, and found nothing, so I'm asking the masses - What car do you remember as being your first inspiration about customs OR rods? How old were you? What was it about that car that really grabbed you? I wish I had some pics! My bro-in-law's '56 Chevy BelAir hardtop was the car for me, in 1971. He had the car painted two-tone blue, with Marana pearl added for that color-change-at-any view look, and with the cobwebbed effect on the fenders, all done in Denver. The car looked damn near two-tone silver in the light! He and my sister then drove it to see friends in San Diego. While there, he got the interior panels and headliner done in TJ in classic black roll and pleat, to match the seats he had done in Denver. I was damn near out of grade school then, and seriously dug that '56! I've yet to see another just like it, anywhere. It was a gasser-style, with a lifted front end and air shocks on the rear. It sat on four Cragar SS wheels and Goodyear Polyglas GT tires. It had a very healthy, loud and strong 265 automatic. Hooker headers, old-style Thrush mufflers, and megaphone tips made that sound like no other I've heard since! OK, that is my car that got me excited about hot rods in general. How about you?