Wednesday, 11 May 2011

ODDBALL!! 1962 Thames 'Hot Rod'

This isn't very exciting...



...nor is this lady...



Hmmm, snore. Stay with us though, because there is a point to highlighting the not-very-excitingness of the two above. We've stumbled over a bit of an automotive oddball you see, a beast so impressive in its obscurity that we just had to share it with you in all of it's awesomeness. To help said awesomeness have full impact though, we needed to show you the 'before' images, if you will.

The vehicle in question is a 1962 Thames van, much like the one above. However, the one above is NOT exciting, not even in the loosest sense of the word. This sucker though, the one you'll see when you scroll down a little, well, this one is a bit more befitting of such an adjective.





BOOM! Yeah, now we're cooking! What we have here is a survivor, a relic from a time when people dressed like this...



...and when toy cars looked like this! The 70s were simply awesome, especially for the modified car scene.



Vehicles like this simply don't come up anymore. Many simply fell by the wayside, ending up dead and unloved in breakers yards. Of those that have survived the 70s custom scene a great many have been subjected to modifications brought on by new trends and ideas within the modifying world. The ones that remain as they were back then simply don't come up for sale, ever.

This Thames monster - complete with a rear bed made from Cuprinoled chipboard and 3inch angle-iron - seems to retain all of it's 70s flavour, though it has picked up a fair bit of rust along the way. There are side-pipes, there's a dirty great V8 engine, there are Slot Mags so deep they resemble the opening of the Blackwall Tunnel and let's not forget that awesome metal-flake paint. So. Full. Of win.







Okay, so in reality it'll be a rusty money-pit that will destroy your marriage and eat your life savings - leaving you with nothing more than an old Ford van with a bit of wood on the back and an engine from a Rover SDi. Still, for less than £2000 it's pretty unique...and you'll never find another one! Plus, it'll be a great excuse to legitimately dress like these guys...



Want to buy it, you fools? Advert can be found here!


***you may or may not have noticed that we seem to have a bit of a thing for 70s tat. We're seeing a doctor, we should be better soon.