This site is dedicated to hot rod,
street rod and custom car magazines from 1945 to 1975 in the United
States. Although men and women were hot rodding from the
earliest days of automobiles, hot rods became more prominent right after
World War II. In these three decades was the hot rod and custom
movement in full bloom, the
street rod movement, the emergence of muscle cars, and drag racing's
evolution to a
high dollar sport.
The image below shows the life span
of each title covered on this site. A few, such Street Rodder
and Hot Rod, survive
today. Many started in this period and lasted a long time, such as Rod &
Custom, Rod Action and Popular Hot Rodding. But
most are long gone.
This site makes an honest attempt
to confirm beginning and ending dates on each publication by
referencing volume and issue numbers, and/or by referencing a sequential number if that scheme was used. A volume in periodical
magazines is typically one year, with each issue given a sequential
number within the volume. In some cases, publishers started a
calendar year with a new volume number while others did not. Some magazines were published monthly,
publisher changed the volume number after six issues were printed.
And sporadic printing coupled with rarity makes the process of
time-dating some issues difficult. So this site attempts
to reconcile these differences and provide an accurate idea of when each
title began and ended.
The images of covers are accessed
by the links to the left. Simply click on each magazine title to
see the covers.
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