There couldn’t be an exhibit about cars in the USA without there being a tribute of some kind to hot rods, those chopped and re-worked bundles of mechanical marvel that youngsters all across the country began making from old used cars throughout the late 1940s and into the 1950s. Even today there is a huge market for custom vehicles.
On display is a street rod made by John Athan of Culver City, CA back in 1939. While they don’t specify which ‘30s Ford was used, the plaque does point out that he powered it with a Mercury V8 flathead motor. Also according to the exhibit, this is the car Elvis Presley drove in the 1957 movie Loving You.