Boyd Coddington Built ’50 Chevy Turtle Back at Monterrey Autcion

If this ’50 Chevy looks familiar, it’s with good reason. It’s the “original” design that inspired the ’49 Chevy convertible that we published recently, and both cars were built by the same legendary builder, Boyd Coddington. Ironically enough, both cars will head across the same auction block as well at the Monterrey Mecum auction. It was originally built in 1992 for Jamie Musselman, was later sold to Chuck Brown, and then finally on to Bill O’Brien in 2006.

When Bill bought the car it was in need of freshening up so he took it back to Boyd for a new paint job, but unfortunately Boyd passed away before the job was completed. He then took the car to Charley Hutton to finish the job, who was the same person who freshened up the ’49 convertible.

The original goal with Charley was simply to do a fresh paint job, but further modifications were added in that involved moving the gas tank to the trunk, adding disc brakes to the rear end, and new interior.

The powerplant remains a dual-quad 350 backed by a Turbo 350 automatic transmission. The car comes with full documentation as well. As a side note, In addition to being built by someone as famous as Boyd it was also featured in the TV show “Chasing Classic Cars” with Wayne Carini!

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Robert Kibbe

Robert Kibbe is the owner of and host of the weekly Muscle Car Place podcast show. He's based in Ames, IA, is married with 3 kids, and still thinks the General Lee is cool.
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