Magoo’s Street Rods. Building American Classics Down Under

Completed Ford F100 project from Magoo's Street Rods. All photos from Magoo's Street Rods.

We’re always amazed to see how well American Classic Cars are doing on the international stage, so when we ran across Magoo’s Street Rods website and did some research, we found out that these guys were the real deal.

Involved in Hot Rodding since 1973, Lloyd Wilson, the Magoo in Magoo’s Street Rods, has built a number of rods over the years. Among the ones that he claims with pride are a ’37 Ford coupe, ’55 F100, ’32 Ford roadster, ’32 Ford sedan and our ’28 Sedan Delivery that attended six Street Rod Nationals. Lloyd’s personal belief is that street rods should be driven and not collecting dust in a museum.

Magoo's Completed 1937 Dodge Truck.

“Our current ride is a flathead powered 32 3W coupe, and family projects presently under construction are Anne’s 34 Tudor, a highboy ’28 Roadster Pickup (Nathan), Hemi powered ’32 roadster, ‘30 A coupe (Daniel) and a ’30 Roadster Pickup being built in Auburn, California as destined to be a Bonneville pushcar.” Wilson says, adding ” tucked away we also have a Dragmaster Dart nostalgia rail, and our future shop truck,  a ’57 Ranchero.”

Lloyd was the founder of Tararua Rodders and eventually joined the Hicktown Rodders upon moving to Wellington. Currently a member of Oceanside Street Rods, Magoo supports the hobby and lives the lifestyle.

Wilson is also a member of Goodguys Rod & Custom USA and a regular attendee of their events in the States. As a contributor to New Zealand’s Hot Rod Magazine and New Zealand’s Street Rodder Magazine, Magoo’s reputation continue to grow.

Finished 1940 Ford Tutor.

Wilson’s business has been able to provide and source parts for his customers and friends by taking advantage of trips to the States to personally buy American made products and secure economy in freight shipping.

Remarkably, Magoo’s servicing the Hot Rodders in the Australian markets has lead to the company getting involved in manufacturing to the point where they are exporting components to the United States on a regular basis. “Hot Rodding is an international sport so we welcome inquiries from friends all around the world,” said Wilson.

We look forward to seeing the future growth of Magoo’s Street Rods and their completed projects on these shores.


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Bobby Kimbrough

Bobby grew up in the heart of Illinois, becoming an avid dirt track race fan which has developed into a life long passion. Taking a break from the Midwest dirt tracks to fight evil doers in the world, he completed a full 21 year career in the Marine Corps.
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