What Is a Rat Rod?
Modern-day rat rod culture traces its roots back to the 1980s when the Pro Street hot rod style was reaching its peak. Pro Street cars were often loaded up with frills and glossy paint jobs that looked good but had nothing to do with making them faster. Rat rods were a direct reaction to this, with a focus not on looks but speed. Rat rods shun chrome and flash in favor of unrestored, often rusted parts that were usually pulled together from the spare parts of classic cars.