After World War II, a great many American servicemen came home and started to settle down into a more “normal” life. Some guys took good jobs, raised respectable families, and bought nice homes. Other guys poured their money and effort into creating flamboyant, awesome hot rods that even today, still impress.
Alden Calkins was just such a man, and up on eBay right now is an unrestored hot rod of his own design. Yes you read that right, this 1930 Model A hot rod, which was built by Calkins in the 1950’s, has survived without ever being restored.
The sell says that Calkin’s hot rod wsa put into dry storage during the early 1960’s, but not before it graced the pages of publications like Rod Illustrated and many others. There the car sat until being rediscovered some 50 years later. Though both the paint and pinstriping do show age, we feel it only enhances the flavor of this unrestored hot rod.
What’s more, the Mercury Flathead motor was checked over, buttoned up, and still runs and drives like a dream. The coolest part of this whole hot rod though are, believe it or not, the wheels. They are one-off wheels off of a Chrysler concept car, and how Calkins got these wheels is anybody’s guess.
This is a real relic from the golden age of hot rodding, and it’s the kind of car we’d love to add to our dream collection.