Hot rodding is all about expressing your creativity and passion. Some people like to create vehicles with wild powertrains that attempt to increase the rotational speed of the earth every time they hit the gas, while some take a more artistic approach and use a car as a rolling canvas to create things never before seen. Famous car customizer Geroge Barris was one of the first to create these wildly modified and styled vehicles back in the 1950s and ’60s. Today, Gary “Chopit” Fioto of Chopit Kustoms is keeping this tradition alive with his wild, one-off creations like the Beatnik Bubbletop.
The Beatnik started life as a 1955 Ford, but it wouldn’t be recognizable as such for very long. The first thing Gary did was to remove the car’s roof, chassis, and drivetrain. He then mounted the body onto the chassis of a 1988 Lincoln Continental and fitted it with airbag suspension. Next, he dropped in a small block Chevy engine with Hedman headers and six carburetors. For the next four years Gary worked to create a truly unique vehicle with beautifully sculpted and blended curves that would make up the car’s new body and cabin.
The result of all of this work is one of the most truly unique vehicles to have ever cruised down the roads of Southern California. The first time this car went up for auction in 2006, it sold for nearly $400,000 to TV personality Barry Weiss. Now, it is going back up for auction at Auction America’s California sale July 17-18 where it is estimated to go for $150,000-$250,000, which is an absolute steal for a car of this caliber.
Read more about the car and see more pics on the Hemming’s Blog here: http://blog.hemmings.com/index.php/2015/06/11/big-bubble-could-command-quarter-mil-beatnik-bubbletop-to-cross-the-block/