Great rods also need to be reliable as well as visually stunning under the hood, so this one uses a fully dressed 350 cubic inch Chevy V8 topped by a 4-barrel carburetor underneath an air cleaner that looks like it was borrowed from a jet aircraft. There’s enough chrome and polished aluminum in here to outfit a fleet of ’58 Buicks, but it’s a functional look with everything easy to access and right there within easy reach. A big radiator and A/C condenser are cooled by a powerful electric fan, and all the plumbing has been wrapped in braided stainless for an industrial-strength race look. Underneath there’s a TH400 3-speed automatic transmission feeding a sturdy Ford 8-inch rear end with acceleration-friendly 3.73 gears. Up front, a Mustang II independent suspension, power rack-and-pinion steering, and disc brakes add a modern feel, while quiet mufflers make it easy to travel vast distances without wearing you out. It rides on a set of staggered polished aluminum wheels wearing 185/70/14 front and 215/70/15 rear Michelin radials.

Lithia Springs, Georgia, United States