Hot rods come in all shapes and sizes, but rarely do you find one that’s made out of something so unique it brings a whole new meaning to one-of-a-kind. But lucky for us, we’ve found two in just the last month.
A couple weeks ago we brought you news of an all-wood ‘32 coupe and while that hot rod was amazing, the one we have for you today thanks to Vibilagare is even more awe inspiring. Why you ask? Well, this 1928 Ford Model AA pickup is actually partially made out of crystal. Check out the video above to get a glimpse at the build and finished creation.
The crystal truck, or Juxtapod as they’re calling it, is the design of three Swedish artists that came together to mesh American hot rod culture, metal fabrication and Swedish crystal design into one extremely unique automobile. Ludwig Löfgren, a glass designer, joined forces with metal artist Mattias Andersson of LeBeef Kustom Metalworks and project manager Johan Belin to make the unparalleled concept of combining steel and crystal on a hot rod a reality.
The Juxtapod has many features that you’d expect to see from a traditional hot rod, such as a classic 348ci Chevy engine, 4-inch dropped front axle and custom rear ladder bar, chopped roof and custom interior, but it also sports some details you won’t find on any other vehicle. On the front end of the truck, you’ll find a custom crystal and steel grill that matches the steering wheel in the interior. The hot rod also features a crystal and chrome gas tank that looks more like a piece of fine china than a fuel tank, crystal center console insert and shift knob complete with painted eyeball design, and even crystal velocity stacks that look like they could be placed on someone’s mantel to hold flowers rather than topping an engine.Now if you’re thinking that this truck can’t possibly be drivable with these features, you’re wrong. The artists made a point to build a car that could run and drive just as good as it looks.
To compliment the one-of-a-kind crystal and metal features, the hot rod was painted in a unique multi-tone blue by Blaster that compliments the blue and white interior complete with a heavily fabricated dashboard. This feature was pulled from a 1960-63 Chevy truck and highly modified to fit cleanly in the Juxtapod’s interior.
What started out as a cool truck to rod out to begin with turned into something so unique at the hands of the three Swedish artists that it now travels to shows in Europe and is currently on display in the Vida Art Museum on the island of Öland off the coast of Sweden.
There’s no doubt your hot rod is probably pretty unique, but when it comes to being one-of-a-kind, the Juxtapod is unmatched. We’ve now seen wood and crystal used to make incomparable hot rods, what could we possibly have for you next?