A large majority of classic hot rods are based on 1932 Ford Coupes or Ford Model Ts, but we recently stumbled across a rather original take on the classic American hot rod.
This unique roadster, currently for sale at Fraser, Michigan dealership Showdown Auto, is based on a 1953 Chevrolet Suburban of all things. The chopped hot rod has had more than $100,000 invested into it and looks to have been built with great attention to detail, sporting a custom brush metal grille, matching brush metal bumpers, Torqthrust wheels and handmade running boards.
Inside, this unique hot rod has a wood grain dash, billet gas and brake pedals, a billet Ididit steering wheel, a custom full-length console with four cupholders and a custom dash with Autometer gauges. The roadster also features a spacious back seat with space for two, allowing the owner to take friends and family out for a drive or to the local car meet.
Sitting under the hood is a massive 468 cubic-inch V8 engine dressed up with a four-barrel carburetor, an MSD ignition, an aluminum intake, aluminum radiator and ceramic-coated exhaust manifolds. The engine is paired with a General Motors-sourced Turbo 400 four-speed automatic transmission, which sends power to the rear wheels through a Chevrolet 10-bolt rear end.
This custom ’58 Suburban also sits on an air suspension and features triangulated four-link rear suspension and front power disc brakes.
Showdown Auto is looking to get $69,900 for this well-built hot rod. That’s a lot of money for a recreational vehicle that many will only be able to drive in the summer months, but with over $100k invested in the build, the buyer is still getting a decent deal, it would seem.
Check out the listing at this link for some additional information and photos.