The Hill Leveler
Originally, hot rods were always intended to serve two purposes, by driving to school through the week (‘Show’) and then stripped down for racing at the dry lakes on the weekend (‘Go’). But, by the mid 50s, some hot rod builds began to focus more on one or the other category: Pure Racing or Strictly Street. Today’s feature car was obviously built as the later, with the owner wanting something that looked cool and had a little zoot, but would likely live it’s days out exclusively on the streets of San Francisco. Note the super low ride height, full Hall padded interior, and DeSoto rear bumper complete with (gasp!) a spare tire… All very ‘custom car’ features for a true hot rod of this time period. The more you look, the more you see contrasts in what the owner was trying to achieve, blending functional performance parts with items added purely for personal style. The overall result isn’t too bad in the end, but dare I call this car a “Street Rod’?