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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.
$400,000 Widebody G63 by Mansory Comes with Yellow Leather Interior
$400,000 Widebody G63 by Mansory Comes with Yellow Leather Interior

29 Jul 2020, 14:25 UTC / Tired of the same expensive Rolls-Royce Cullinan that every other rapper has already? Order this thing from Europe and ride "all-custom"

 
This Camaro SS Is a SEMA Celebrity GM Ordered as a Pace Car
This Camaro SS Is a SEMA Celebrity GM Ordered as a Pace Car

29 Jul 2020, 13:26 UTC / A one-of-a-kind Camaro that was on display at the 2009 SEMA Show was ordered by General Motors to use as a pace car for Indy 500

 
Custom 2014 Toyota Tundra SEMA Car Looks Like It’s Ready for the Apocalypse
Custom 2014 Toyota Tundra SEMA Car Looks Like It’s Ready for the Apocalypse

29 Jul 2020, 12:56 UTC / And the good news is that you can be the one surviving the apocalypse with this Tundra, as the car is being auctioned off online

 
Unique F81 BMW M3 Wagon Drag Races AMG C63 S Rival
Unique F81 BMW M3 Wagon Drag Races AMG C63 S Rival

29 Jul 2020, 12:26 UTC / Even with a Stage 2 tune bumping the power, the M3 Touring loses to the C63 because of traction problems. It's still a fantastic car, though

 
1967 Chevrolet Nova Twin-Turbo Drag Racer Boasts 1,220 RWHP, It’s Streetable Too
1967 Chevrolet Nova Twin-Turbo Drag Racer Boasts 1,220 RWHP, It’s Streetable Too

29 Jul 2020, 11:27 UTC / For the princely sum of $77,000 or best offer, one of the coolest Nova strip slayers on eBay is urging you to race it on the blacktop

 
Infidel, Record-Breaking 400 MPH Bonneville Land Speed Streamliner, Sells
Infidel, Record-Breaking 400 MPH Bonneville Land Speed Streamliner, Sells

29 Jul 2020, 08:51 UTC / Constructed in 1995 and redone in 2009, Infidel spent a decade in storage after setting new records at the Bonneville Salt Flats in 2010

 
1979 Chevrolet Camaro Mixes LS1 V8 With C4 Corvette Independent Rear Suspension
1979 Chevrolet Camaro Mixes LS1 V8 With C4 Corvette Independent Rear Suspension

28 Jul 2020, 19:19 UTC / An old Chevy Camaro with LS power and IRS from a fourth-generation Corvette? Indeed, this one-of-a-kind pony has both of them

 
Dodge Challenger "Big Brute" Is a Widebody Animal
Dodge Challenger "Big Brute" Is a Widebody Animal

28 Jul 2020, 16:40 UTC / The starting point for this project was a Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack, which many enthusiasts consider to be the sweet spot of the range

 
1972 Chevrolet Nova SS "Grenade" With Patina-Style Paint Job Packs LS Power
1972 Chevrolet Nova SS "Grenade" With Patina-Style Paint Job Packs LS Power

28 Jul 2020, 16:21 UTC / An LS-powered restomod with one of the most wicked paint jobs imaginable, this Chevy Nova is currently listed on eBay with a highest bid of $25,300

 
Can You Spot All the Rat Finks on This Custom 1941 Willys Pickup?
Can You Spot All the Rat Finks on This Custom 1941 Willys Pickup?

28 Jul 2020, 15:31 UTC / 1941 Willys Pickup customized to the extreme including with the addition of a Corvette engine goes on sale for $51,500.

 
1970 Ford F-100 With Crown Victoria Frame Is “Built Not Bought,” Yet Not Perfect
1970 Ford F-100 With Crown Victoria Frame Is “Built Not Bought,” Yet Not Perfect

28 Jul 2020, 14:25 UTC / It's a nice project truck, that's for sure, but this one-of-a-kind Ford F-100 needs some attention in terms of underbody corrosion and interior looks

 
Soul Asylum H2 Is the Loudest Hummer in the World, a Rolling Soundstage
Soul Asylum H2 Is the Loudest Hummer in the World, a Rolling Soundstage

28 Jul 2020, 14:22 UTC / Rafael Capone wanted to combine his love of music with car customization, and the result is Soul Asylum, a 2005 Hummer H2 that boasts 86 speakers

 
Harley-Davidson R-Odynamic Is Screamin’ Eagle Heart in the Right Custom Body
Harley-Davidson R-Odynamic Is Screamin’ Eagle Heart in the Right Custom Body

28 Jul 2020, 13:48 UTC / Harley-Davidson R-Odynamic is a custom build by German shop Thunderbike, uses a custom frame and a Harley-Davidson engine

 
1,000 HP Jeep Trackhawk Has 400ci V8, Isn't Called "Neck Breaker" for Nothing
1,000 HP Jeep Trackhawk Has 400ci V8, Isn't Called "Neck Breaker" for Nothing

28 Jul 2020, 13:22 UTC / There is a person out there that seems hell-bent on finding out how much power you can squeeze out of a Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, and this is him

 
A Toyota RAV4 Limousine Exists and It’s the Wonkiest Thing This Week
A Toyota RAV4 Limousine Exists and It’s the Wonkiest Thing This Week

28 Jul 2020, 13:18 UTC / Built at the Toyota factory in Japan, the limo was a team-bonding exercise. Considering the effort, it could have been better

 
This Ford Everest With Ranger DNA Went to Off-Road Gym, Turned Into Idumban
This Ford Everest With Ranger DNA Went to Off-Road Gym, Turned Into Idumban

28 Jul 2020, 09:53 UTC / The well-known Ford Ranger pickup has turned into the Everest / Endeavour for the Asia-Pacific region, but this custom build is certainly not your average SUV

 
Carbon-Clad SpeedKore Dodge Demon Up for Grabs With 200 Miles on the Odometer
Carbon-Clad SpeedKore Dodge Demon Up for Grabs With 200 Miles on the Odometer

27 Jul 2020, 18:17 UTC / One of only five, but unique in its own way because it was a development vehicle, this SpeedKore 2018 Dodge Challenger Demon is 200 pounds lighter than stock

 
1965 Datsun Fairlady “SR20DET” Looks Like a Hoot to Drive
1965 Datsun Fairlady “SR20DET” Looks Like a Hoot to Drive

27 Jul 2020, 15:04 UTC / Lighter and smaller than the Mazda MX-5 Miata but also more powerful, this old-school Nissan sports car with the engine from an S13 Silvia is truly unique

 
Tetanus Cord Proves Custom Work Is Art, Without a Doubt
Tetanus Cord Proves Custom Work Is Art, Without a Doubt

27 Jul 2020, 15:01 UTC / Tetanus started out as a 1937 Cord 812 Westchester sedan and had a rich history before it was abandoned on a field for 50 years and Andy Saunders found it

 
Blast from the Past: That Time Lexus Put Ice Wheels on the NX to Show Off
Blast from the Past: That Time Lexus Put Ice Wheels on the NX to Show Off

27 Jul 2020, 13:20 UTC / To promote the newly-introduced NX in 2015, Lexus had a team of ice sculptors replace the alloy wheels and the tires with ice and acrylic