Hottest Rods: The Coolest Custom Classics from the 2017 Autorama Show

While the Detroit auto show may be Cobo Center’s big-ticket automotive event, it’s certainly not the only vehicular gathering held within the confines of the nearly 60-year-old convention center. Notably, Cobo also houses Autorama, a custom-car and hot-rod show that brings together some of the finest custom-made vehicles throughout the country. This year’s 65th annual Autorama contained more than 800 vehicles ranging from trailer queens to daily drivers, both imports and domestics. It’s hard to choose a favorite among the show cars crowding the convention-center floor, but the folks who put on Autorama make it their duty to crown a “best in show,” dubbed the Ridler award, to the vehicle that best combines “creativity, engineering, and quality workmanship.” The prize’s full name is the Don Ridler Memorial Award, which honors  Autorama’s original promoter, and it was first given out in 1964. To be eligible, a vehicle must never have been shown anywhere else before their Autorama debuts—not even in photos online. This year, eight vehicles were selected as finalists for the Ridler award, with one car taking the prize. Read on to see our favorite cars and trucks from this year’s Autorama, as well as the 2017 Ridler award finalists and winner.Renaissance Roadster1930 Ford Coupe1949 Chevrolet C10Custom Corvette1932 Ford “GPT” Tudor autoramaThe Gold Standard pickup autoramaSplit Ray Corvette AutoramaFord “Phoenix” Pickup autorama detroit 20171969 Chevrolet Gasser VanFord Model A autorama Detroit1947 Ford F-7 pickup autorama DetroitBaja Bandeeto autorama Detroit1966 Chevrolet C101966 Caddy1933 DodgeDuesenberg 2017 Detroit autorama1961 Buick Invicta1952 Henry J1940 Willys Gasser1927 Ford Model TSaldana’s Speed Shop 1950 Dodge D-100 PickupVooDoo Sahara


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