Do you have a classic car that's been modified with a large and powerful engine? If the answer is yes, congratulations. You're the proud owner of a hot rod.
The term "hot rod" doesn't have a strict definition: almost any car — classic or otherwise — can be modified to reach unnaturally high speeds. Regardless, however, a Bucket T with a supercharged V8 engine and no hood remains the time-honored image of the hot rod. It also doesn't hurt to paint some flames on the sides for good measure.
According to Karl Brauer, CEO and editor-in-chief of online car review site TotalCarScore.com, the "hot rod" term refers to any car or truck modified from its original configuration. Still, there's a lot more to it than just that.
"Ideally, the vehicle isn't just more powerful, but also more appealing to the eye," Brauer said in an e-mail. In that spirit, CNBC.com presents ten of the most souped-up, tricked-out, outrageous-looking hot rods of the last 70 years.
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By Daniel Bukszpan
Posted 22 March 2013