These days, building a hot rod that stands out from the crowd isn’t always easy, but this 1933 Chevy manages to get noticed thanks a thermochromatic paint application that can change color under the sun.
Nicknamed “Chencho,” this 1933 Chevy was built by Effi Muñíz, considered one of the youngest and most recognized auto restorers in Mexico. With 16 years of experience in the business, Muñíz specializes in classic pickups, and is the only Hot Wheels Legend from Mexico.
Interestingly, Muñíz and his team built this Chevy hot rod in just three weeks. Up front, the Chevy is now motivated by a fresh 383 V8, which is proudly on display with a set of open headers behind a chrome grille. The cabin space was upgraded as well, and includes tan leather upholstery for the seats and a split-spoke steering wheel with a matching tan rim. Chrome-rimmed gauges are mounted in the dash.
While that all looks quite nice, the thing that really gets our attention is the paint. The body panels will actually shift from an orange color when cold to a yellow color when hot, which means this 1933 Chevy Hot Rod will literally transform under the sun. The effect looks great when parked outside, with the roof and upper body components taking on a lighter yellow hue, and the lower body pieces remaining orange, almost creating a two-tone effect.
The thermochromatic finish is apparently made from biodegradable products, and cost roughly 700,000 Mexican pesos ($38,125 at current exchange rates) to apply to this 1933 Chevy hot rod.
The rest of vehicle was obviously restored as well, from the chassis to the sheet metal, while a set of 15-inch by 14-inch American Racing wheels are mounted in back to give it the proper stance and look.
We’d love to see Muñíz incorporate more thermochromatic paint applications on his custom builds in the future. The potential for some truly unique results is quite high.