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By Mark Vaughn | 02/27/08, 12:49 pm et


Boyd Coddington, the hot-rod innovator whose creations won the coveted Grand National Roadster Show's America's Most Beautiful Roadster (AMBR) trophy a record six times, died Wednesday morning of undisclosed causes. He was 63.

Coddington was raised in rural Idaho but moved to Southern California as soon as he could to pursue his dream of building hot rods. He quickly earned a reputation for subtle, stylistic innovations on what had been an almost overdone theme--the '32 Ford roadster. That branched out to '33s, '34s and then all manner of surprising twists on iconic themes. Names such as Boydster, Smoothster, Alumacoupe and Chezoom redefined what a rod could be.

His wheels were equally well known, particularly those shaved from billet aluminum. He soon earned the nickname "Billet Boyd" for his techniques machining aluminum.

One of his best qualities was his ability to gather talented partners to produce his many fine creations.


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That's too bad. I sometimes saw him at an automotive paint shop on Alondra Blvd. in Paramount, two buildings down from our old warehouse. He used to drive up in all kins of crazy cars, and he really wore those colorful shirts. I never had the chance to talk to the guy.
63 is too early for the eternal checkout.
 
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