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A tribute to Boyd Coddington.
February 27, 2008
World-renowned tuner and hot rod king Boyd Coddington died on this day due to diabetic complications. He was 63 years old. He had been hospitalized a month ago, shortly after New Year's Eve. He was discharged, but was readmitted just a few days later to Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital in suburban California. After being readmitted, doctors performed surgery and Boyd was expected to make a complete recovery but aganst all odd, died on February 27, 2008 due to complications that were brought on from a recent surgery along with liver and kidney complications.
Coddington was a Disneyland machinist before opening Hot Rods by Boyd in 1978. Two of his cars are on display at the Petersen Automotive Museum. Many of the next generation of customizers started their career with Coddington. Larry Erickson, later the Chief Designer of the Mustang and Thunderbird for Ford Motor Co. worked with Coddington early on, and specifically credits the CadZZilla collaboration for jump-starting his career. Legendary designer Chip Foose, and fabricator Jesse James both started their careers in his shop. Foose rose to become the president of Coddington's company Hot Rods by Boyd, but later departed to start his own firm. The two became fierce competitors, to the point that their personal relationship split. Coddington hosted the Discovery Channel show “American Hot Rod", where he competed fiercely as well with his former protegé.
Coddington's creations have won the Grand National Roadster Show's "America's Most Beautiful Roadster (AMBR)" award seven times, the Daimler-Chrysler Design Excellence award twice, and entry into both the Grand National Roadster Show Hall of Fame and the National Rod & Custom Museum Hall of Fame . In 1997, Coddington (along with Foose), was inducted into the Hot Rod Hall of Fame.
One of his greatest fan and customer, ZZ tops' Billy Gibson
His creation on display at the Gran National Roadster Show
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