WHAT IS A RAT ROD AND HOW DOES IT START?
A rat rod is a style used to customize a car so that it can look like hot rods used in the early 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. Some people confuse this style with a traditional hot rod that is considered to be an accurate recreation of a hot rod in that era. Also, we can say that rat rods are vehicles on which you find a good number of parts that are not essential removed. They are formed through a conglomeration of various pieces and parts from numerous makes and models, with after-market parts removed.
Initial rat rods used to be a counter-reaction to the high-priced hot rod, which was seldom driven and served for decorative purpose only. The introduction of rat rods reminded us of hot rods when the hot rod was attractive. The development of hot rod culture was facilitated by the abilities of the owner with one aim in mind: ‘driven.’ Today’s rat rods are designed to copy functionality and forms of earlier days’ hot rods. Biker, greaser, punk sub-culture and rockabilly influenced and shaped rat rodding.