Rat Rods stir something primal in us, here at SXdrv, and when one as metal as this comes along that actually belongs to one of South Africa's biggest exports, we take notice.
Yup, the Rat Rod you see here belongs to Dale Stewart, the bassist for the hard-rocking band called Seether (formerly Saron Gas when they were still jamming on stages in SA). Well, it's not going to be his for much longer as it's going under the hammer at Barrett-Jackson's Scottsdale auction soon.
The cabbie itself is a Ford Model A which, although it was only manufactured between 1927 and 1931, gives this Rod its unmistakable shape. The roof has been lowered by five inches and it's been set two inches lower on a custom-built frame.
Built by Classic Car Studio of Speed Is The New Black fame, this hot rod was stripped clean and, in an effort to help it stand out from the crowd, rebuilt almost entirely out of bare metal with just a hint of leather. Powering this nu-metal machine is a 331-cubic-inch Chrysler Hemi V8 with a 6-71 blower while TCI-supplied 700R4 automatic with a 3,000-rpm stall torque converter sends the power to its rather large rear wheels.
The attention to detail is impeccable, from the brass-coloured rivets to the wood-panelled roof, chromed dials and soup-bowl like hubs, it's simply breath-taking. And the best part? Well, it can be all yours!
But, as per every infomercial ever, that's not all! Yup, the lucky bidder will also receive a bass guitar signed by Dale himself – how splendid! So, there you have it, a metal AF Rat Rod by a metal AF South African... happy bidding!