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It all started when the concept car you see above was conceived by Chrysler to compete with the highly popular Chevrolet Corvette. This 1960 Plymouth XNR featured a high-performance, 250-HP engine that could deliver a top speed of 150 mph, so it might have been worthy competition.
But Chrysler soon realized that a one-seat roadster, one with a very unusual asymmetrical fin behind the driver, had little, if any, chance in the automotive market.
Rather than send it to a junkyard, this piece of automobile history was shipped off to the renown Carrozzeria Ghia design studio and coach builder in Italy. It eventually ended up in one of the garages of Mohammad Reza Pahlevi, a passionate car collector who also happened to be the Shah of Iran. He later sold it to a Kuwaiti businessman, and then this 1960 Plymouth XNR disappeared for more than a decade...until the car was discovered hiding smack dab in the middle of a Middle Eastern civil war.
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We often brag about how great our local automotive enthusiast scene really is, but we are really lucky to have our retail outlet here at the Eastwood headquarters so we get to see in-progress and finished vehicles rolling through the lot on a daily basis. The other day I wandered outside after the retail outlet called to let me know a nice little Ford street rod rolled into the lot. I stopped outside and instantly recognized the Blast From the Past Street Rods "Shadow Rod" truck. Blast from the Past has been one of the top street rod shops in the area for years, and they've been long time customers. We've even used their shop and cars for testing and photo shoots in the past. So we're no strangers to owner Bill and his crews' creations.
This truck is a based off of a Shadow Rods body that is a modernized replica of a '27 Ford. Bill and crew at Blast from the Past took this body and gave it their special touch to give this rod a really cool custom look. This truck has been given the full treatment with every part painted, new, and detailed, it's no wonder it gets so much attention at every event they take it to!
While I was snapping pictures of the shadow rod, I had a chat with Bill (owner) of Blast from the Past. He decided to cruise the truck out to Eastwood to pick up some new consumables for his Versa Cut Plasma Cutter he purchased a few months ago. Bill explained that he had Snap-On and Hobart plasma cutters in his shop previously, but after his snap-on malfunctioned and the repairs were close to the cost of a new plasma, and his Hobart died on a Saturday, he ran down to try out one of our Versa Cut plasma cutters. Bill and his shop aren't new to Eastwood products, but they were still surprised by how well the plasma performed and he mentioned it blew their old snap-on plasma away in performance (and of course cost!). Judging by the bag of consumables that Bill had in his hand, they are definitely putting the versa-cut through its paces!
As always it was a pleasure to see a nice custom rod like the shadow rod roll through our lots, and we hope you enjoyed the pics. Planning to hit the Eastwood Retail Outlet in your ride? Shoot us a message and we'd be happy to shoot some photos and give you a little feature on our blog!