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He attended machinist trade school and finished a three-year apprenticeship in machining. He shortly became known for constructing exceptional hot rods and in 1977 he started his own store, Hot Rods by Boyd, in Cypress, California. He understood rapid success: his first major customer was Vern Luce whose automobile, a 1933 coupe, won the Al Slonaker Award in the 1981 Oakland Roadster show. Coddington was known for his clean, tasteful designs joining old school with what was to be known as the “Boyd Look”. It featured drastically transformed classic styling, but re-engineered around modern and scratch-assembled parts in the client ‘s inclination. Among Coddington’s trademark inventions were his custom-fabricated alloy wheels, usually machined from a solid billet of 6061 hammered aluminum, an industry first. Jointly with John Buttera, Boyd initiated this “billet” machined appearance and used it not only to wheels, but generally through the vehicle. In 1988, Coddington founded Boyd’s Wheels, Inc., to produce and promote his custom billet wheels. His popularization of machined billet wheels had wide-ranging impact, eventually spreading from the hot rod world to hugely affect the popularity of custom rims within hip hop culture. Among his many innovations was the capability to create exceptional, one off wheel layouts.
Boyd Coddington Net Worth $12.5 Million Dollars
|Birth date:||August 28, 1944, Rupert, Idaho, United States|
|Death date:||February 27, 2008, Whittier, California, United States|
|Nationality:||United States of America|
|Spouse:||Jo Coddington (m. 2002–2008), Diane Marie Ragone Elkins (m. 1971–1996)|
|Children:||Chris Coddington, Thomas Coddington, Robert Coddington, Boyd Coddington Jr., Greg Coddington|
|Parents:||Lorna Sparrow Coddington, Harold Coddington|
|Awards:||Al Slonaker Award (Oakland Roadster Show (Oakland Roadster Show), 1981), America's Most Beautiful Roadster Award (AMBR), Daimler-Chrysler Design Excellence Award|
|Nominations:||Grand National Roadster Show Hall of Fame, SEMA Hall of Fame, Route 66 Hall of Fame, National Rod & Custom Museum Hall of Fame, Hot Rod Hall of Fame|
|TV shows:||American Hot Rod|
More about Boyd Coddington:
|1||Father of Boyd Coddington Jr., Christopher Coddington, Gregory Coddington, Thomas McGee and Robert McGee.|
|2||He always dressed in Hawaiian shirts.|
|3||Started building cars when he was 13 and once operated a gas station in Utah. His popular "Cadzilla" creation was considered a design masterpiece. The customized car, based on a 1950s Cadillac, was built for rocker Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top.|
|4||He was a machinist by trade, working at Disneyland during the day and tinkering with cars in his home garage at night and on weekends. Alumni from his shop include Jesse James and Chip Foose, who went on to open their own shops and star in reality TV shows.|
|Street Customs||2009||TV Series in memory of - 1 episode|
|Dirty Jobs||2009||TV Series||Himself|
|American Hot Rod||2004-2005||TV Series documentary||Himself|
|TV Land's Top Ten||2004||TV Series documentary||Himself|
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|1||If you can dream it, you can build it.|
|2||The viewers of "American Hot Rod" are.....people who lived in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, and loved these cars. Now they have money. (from a 2004 Associated Press interview)|
|1||White Boyd Coddington Signature hat.|
|2||Always wears a Hawaiian shirt|
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