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The Hot Rod craze really took off after the late 1940's. Previous cars built before WWII were cheap and plentiful, and not many people wanted them with the new cars starting to come out after the war.

Hot Rod cars used an assortment of parts from different brands cars, though the early Fords, with the later Ford Flathead V8s, were the standard by which most Hot Rods were judged. Into the 1950's and 1960's, any engine would be used, from the Chrysler 352 HEMIs to the powerful Cadillac V8s.

Hot Rod model cars are a lot like that. The kits have various parts to modify and build your own version of a Hot Rod you like. The kits include extra wheels, tires, even more than one engine. Allowing you to combine the parts and custom build your own fast street rod machine.

Hot Rod kits are here to stay, from the 1950's to 2014, the model manufacturers continue to issue new ones and reissue older kits of Hot Rods. And don't be fooled - they sell like crazy.

From old school stripped down versions, to the billet style Hot Rod / Street Rod versions of today with tubular frames. The Hot Rod model kits continue to spark the imagination of modellers everywhere.

AMT, Revell, Lindberg, and MPC, even Testors, there's no shortage of Hot Rod kits to get you building and collecting.

Unlike most model cars, building a Hot Rod is not like builiding, say, a 1962 Impala. First off, there's no such thing as "stock". Hot Rods are cars that have been modified, from the engine, to the body, to any number of different go fast parts and accessories.

If you aren't swapping engines and parts on your Hot Rod kits, you're probably missing the whole idea behind what a Hot Rod is all about.

Luckily, most Hot Rod kits, especially the older ones, come a box full of extra parts. Which you can use on your current car build, or save for the next Hot Rod project. It's rare two Hot Rods look alike, so you should build them the way YOU want to. There is no right or wrong way.





Scale Hot Rods and Street Rod model kits. From AMT, Revell, Lindberg, Monogram, all your favorite plastic rods. From 32's to rat rods.

Any car or truck up to about the mid 1940s, foreign or domestic, can be used and modified to make a hot rod version

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Model A Ford Roadster Hot Rod


revell ford coupe 1937 model

Ford Coupe Street Rod


amt ford pickup model

Ford Pickup Truck with Custom Parts


amt ford sedan gasser model

Ford Sedan with Gasser Racing Parts


revell ford 5 window model

Ford 5 Window Coupe Street Rod


amt ford victoria model

Ford Victoria Hot Rod


amt coke cola plymouth model

Coca Cola Plymouth Coupe


lindberg custom ford van model

Custom Ford Van Delivery


monogram 1940 ford model

Ford Standard Coupe


amt roadster body model

Ford Roadster Racing Custom Body & Parts


amt 1940 ford model

Ford Coupe


amt wagon rod model

Wagon Rod Woody


amt 36 ford model

Ford Coupe / Roadster


amt coke willys gasser pickup model

Willys Pickup Truck with Optional Parts


amt plymouth prowler model

Plymouth Prowler


figures for car models


revell dan fink speedwagon model

Dan Fink Metalworks Woody Speedwagon


amt fruit wagon model

Ford Fruit Wagon Truck


lindberg t rod model

Ford Hot Rod


lindberg t rod model

Ford Roadster Hot Rod

coasters tire-mug

amt chopped 25 model

Ford Chopped Top Hot Rod


lindberg 34 ford model

Ford Pickup Truck with Optional Parts


lindberg 34 ford model

Ford Street Rod


lindberg 34 ford model

Ford Tall T Hot Rod


amt mod rod model

Mod Rod Roadster


monogram 32 ford model

Ford Roadster Street Rod


Ford Street Rod


amt mod rod model

Ford Roadster Pickup


amt ala kart model

Ala Kart


Ed Roth Tweedy Pie T-Bucket


Ford Highboy Hot Rod


Black Widow Hot Rod


monogram rockin rod model

Lil Deuce Coupe


Ford Coupe


These 30's European cars below can make
some interesting custom street rods.


revell admiral saloon model

Admiral Saloon Luxury Car


icm admiral saloon model

Admiral Saloon


icm admiral saloon model

Admiral Cabriolet


jada 39 chevy model

Diecast 1939 Chevy


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