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autoevolution's Custom Builds Month

Sometimes confused with coachbuilt vehicles, custom builds are the essence of personal creativity in the quest of individuality for some people. For others, they are simply not worth it or as seen as an insult to the engineers and designers that created the original vehicle. 

No matter which side of the fence you’re on, there’s no denying that custom cars and bikes will always have a special place in the gearheads’ world.  

The consensus is that the custom culture, which was soon to be spelled ‘Kustom’ thanks to a certain George Barris, was birthed after World War II, when people started modifying stock pre-war cars to their liking.  

The first so-called ‘gow jobs’ evolved into hot rods, with four different 'gow job' cars evolved into hot rods, which then got separated into four rather disctinct lineages: street rods, street machines, restomods and the peculiar-looking rat rods.  

Over the years, the custom build movement has changed to also encompass cars that are specially made by American or European tuners, with the Japanese jumping on board as well.  

The motorcycle industry wasn’t left aside either, with a variety of aftermarket shops now specializing in creating literal works of art on wheels.  

Despite the controversy spawning from such creations, which are mostly based on mass-produced vehicles but take the styling and/or performance to new distinctive heights, there is a huge market and even larger fans base nowadays for tailored means of transportation. 

The entire month of July we’ll strive to bring you the most interesting examples of custom builds on autoevolution, whether on four or only two wheels, as we celebrate this flamboyant automotive sub-culture.

Editor's note: This special feature by autoevolution was not sponsored or supported by a third-party.
If You’re Into Old School Racing, This $16K Chevrolet Bel Air Is the Car for You
If You’re Into Old School Racing, This $16K Chevrolet Bel Air Is the Car for You

5 Jul 2020, 07:31 UTC / Dirt track racing 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air thought to have been driven by NASCAR driver Paul Moore up for grabs for just $15,995

 
Go to War on Overgrown Grass With the Tank Lawn Mower, Has Working Cannon
Go to War on Overgrown Grass With the Tank Lawn Mower, Has Working Cannon

5 Jul 2020, 05:21 UTC / Woodbuilder turns his Toro TimeCutter mower into a miniature tank, complete with working tracks and a cannon that shoots potatoes

 
1967 Ford Mustang Body Swap for 2016 Mustang GT Looks Spot On
1967 Ford Mustang Body Swap for 2016 Mustang GT Looks Spot On

4 Jul 2020, 16:08 UTC / This project comes from the loony fabricators over at B Is For Build and the idea is to come up with an apocalypse-themed project

 
Big Block Chevrolet Chevelle Is the Custom Car You Can Take Home
Big Block Chevrolet Chevelle Is the Custom Car You Can Take Home

4 Jul 2020, 12:00 UTC / A custom 1971 Chevrolet Chevelle is now being sold online, and the car comes with welcome upgrades, including a big block 540ci engine

 
This Custom 1941 Willys Americar Is a Classic to Be Proud of on Independence Day
This Custom 1941 Willys Americar Is a Classic to Be Proud of on Independence Day

4 Jul 2020, 11:19 UTC / This Willys coupe has received a series of impressive upgrades, including not only a big block engine, but also a fiberglass body and a wood interior kit

 
Harley-Davidson Jever Is the Dark Green Hulk of Custom Breakouts
Harley-Davidson Jever Is the Dark Green Hulk of Custom Breakouts

4 Jul 2020, 08:13 UTC / Harley-Davidson Jever-Bike is a Breakout custom motorcycle put together by a German shop that goes by the name Thunderbike

 
Custom 1942 Chevrolet Pickup Truck Looks Like the Perfect Moonshiner Rig
Custom 1942 Chevrolet Pickup Truck Looks Like the Perfect Moonshiner Rig

4 Jul 2020, 07:22 UTC / 1942 Chevrolet Pickup Truck reworked by Arizona-Built Classics failed to sell during a June Mecum auction, is still up for grabs

 
Le Mecanophone, World’s Horniest Truck That Doubles as a Legit Music Instrument
Le Mecanophone, World’s Horniest Truck That Doubles as a Legit Music Instrument

3 Jul 2020, 17:00 UTC / The 1935 Citroen truck has been converted into a “calliope” on wheels by Claude Reboul, former record-holding fire-eater and professional organ grinder

 
1972 Chevrolet El Camino With LS3 Engine Swap Cranks Out 520 HP
1972 Chevrolet El Camino With LS3 Engine Swap Cranks Out 520 HP

3 Jul 2020, 16:58 UTC / If you don't mind the "built, not bought" crowd, then this '72 Elky is the restomod for you thanks to 520 all-American ponies and a Silverado-sourced tranny

 
Harley-Davidson Milledout Is $4,500 Worth of Custom, You Can Barely Tell
Harley-Davidson Milledout Is $4,500 Worth of Custom, You Can Barely Tell

3 Jul 2020, 16:56 UTC / Harley-Davidson Milledout is a Breakout-based custom motorcycle coming from the shop of Germany-based garage Thunderbike.

 
Imagine Driving This 1968 International C-Series to Your Favorite Hawaiian Beach
Imagine Driving This 1968 International C-Series to Your Favorite Hawaiian Beach

3 Jul 2020, 16:15 UTC / Custom 1968 International C-Series has been designed in Honolulu as the ultimate surfer ride before the actual fun on the water begins

 
Chevrolet Corvette Z06 "Japanese Joyride" Is a 2JZ Vessel
Chevrolet Corvette Z06 "Japanese Joyride" Is a 2JZ Vessel

3 Jul 2020, 15:26 UTC / This heart transplant, which will split opinions like few others, especially since the factory engine of this 'Vette is a 7.0-liter V8, comes from the UAE

 
The Uniquely Tricked-Out Vespas of Indonesia Are Awesome Mad Max Material
The Uniquely Tricked-Out Vespas of Indonesia Are Awesome Mad Max Material

3 Jul 2020, 12:05 UTC / Rebel Riders see Vespa two-wheelers as the path to ultimate freedom, allowing them to build their own bikes with which to roam the roads of their country

 
You Can Now Own This SEMA-Built Outlaw Energy 1968 Ford Bronco
You Can Now Own This SEMA-Built Outlaw Energy 1968 Ford Bronco

3 Jul 2020, 11:50 UTC / Ford is reviving the Bronco on July 13th, but you can have it in 'restomod' form faster if you bid for this vintage-but-energized 1968 Bronco

 
This 1971 Dodge Charger Funny Car Is Dead Serious, Needs a New Place to Crash
This 1971 Dodge Charger Funny Car Is Dead Serious, Needs a New Place to Crash

3 Jul 2020, 09:22 UTC / If you’re looking for a Charger like no other, maybe you’re interested in a Funny Car racer? Someone is selling one online for a pretty good price

 
1967 Chevrolet Camaro Pro-Touring Restomod Looks Like a Vitamin C Overdose
1967 Chevrolet Camaro Pro-Touring Restomod Looks Like a Vitamin C Overdose

3 Jul 2020, 08:21 UTC / A rare ’67 Camaro that recently received a professional restomod package is now for sale, and the owner says more upgrades are on their way

 
Modified Honda S2000 "Spoon" Gets Stunning Paint Restauration
Modified Honda S2000 "Spoon" Gets Stunning Paint Restauration

2 Jul 2020, 19:45 UTC / The Spoon AP1 is the most extreme body kit for the Honda S2000 and we think the paint is now more expensive. It certainly adds more value to the car

 
1965 Plymouth Belvedere With Monster HEMI V8 Engine Is Mopar Perfection
1965 Plymouth Belvedere With Monster HEMI V8 Engine Is Mopar Perfection

2 Jul 2020, 17:54 UTC / What started life out as a two-door Belvedere hardtop now features a 795-horsepower leviathan of an engine, a Siamesed HEMI racing motor

 
1967 Chevrolet Camaro "Dakar Dream" Was Built with Offroad Parts
1967 Chevrolet Camaro "Dakar Dream" Was Built with Offroad Parts

2 Jul 2020, 15:43 UTC / This is the asphalt build of Casey Currie, the first American to win the Dakar Rally, so he naturally turned to his offroad suppliers

 
Harley-Davidson Iron Man Is a Tony Stark Toy for Big Boys
Harley-Davidson Iron Man Is a Tony Stark Toy for Big Boys

2 Jul 2020, 15:10 UTC / Harley-Davidson Iron Man is a Breakout custom build performed by German shop Thunderbike at the request of one of its customers