Ford Transit Skyliner Concept

  • Concept based on the 2015 Ford Transit showcases Transit’s capability and flexibility
  • Bespoke luxury motor coach designed by Ford Motor Company and built by Galpin Auto Sports provides immersive comfort
  • Four dynamic experience modes – theater, business, reception and travel – transform Skyliner’s environment and make the most of Transit’s 487 cubic feet of interior space

The future of ultra-premium land transportation is here, and it comes with a spacious interior that morphs to support immersive entertainment or a business meeting with the swipe of a smart phone.

Ford today unveiled the Transit Skyliner Concept luxury van to illustrate how versatile and capable the all-new 2015 Transit will be when it goes on sale later this year.

Transit Skyliner embodies the spirit of luxury motor coaches and builds on the heritage of custom vans, showing how Transit can be customized to fit the needs of limousines and high-end transportation services as well as commercial fleets, shuttle providers and individual small-business owners.

Inside, Transit Skyliner can transform into four dramatic modes – theater, business, reception and travel – with movable custom-designed seats that reposition automatically, controlled by a smart phone or tablet.

  • Theater mode: The seats face the retractable movie screen and recline for an optimal cinematic viewing experience
  • Business mode: The table unfolds and the seats are gathered around it for face-to-face conversations
  • Reception mode: The sliding door is open and the seats are arranged for easy entertaining while parked at an event
  • Travel mode: Passengers can position their seats for ultimate comfort and solitude

The entire interior – from seats to mood lighting and entertainment technology – is integrated into a single electronics system controlled through a smart phone or tablet. Refreshments can be served from Transit Skyliner’s built-in bar. Custom luggage was specially designed to complement Transit Skyliner’s one-of-a-kind plush leather seats.

“Traveling in Transit Skyliner is like teleporting,” says Tim Stoehr, Ford’s manager for commercial truck marketing. “You step into the vehicle and you are immediately immersed in the custom interior and high-tech audio visual system. The next thing you know, you are arriving at your destination.”

The exterior of the Transit Skyliner features a custom paint scheme accented by contrasting lower trim and chrome highlights, and the dynamic design emphasizes Transit’s modern European look.

“Transit Skyliner is the ultimate expression of a custom Transit,” Stoehr says. “We created Skyliner to highlight the potential of the Transit platform for the limousine market and introduce Transit as the next generation of modern, cool, fuel-efficient vans.”

Transit Skyliner’s 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine will be available as an option for Transit customers who want the power of a V8 with the fuel efficiency of a V6.

With cargo volume of 487 cubic feet and cargo floor-to-roof height of 81.5 inches in the long wheelbase/extended body high-roof model, Transit can be tailor-made to create a private jet for the road. The unique custom limo design of the Transit Skyliner proves the capabilities of Transit go far beyond the needs of shuttles, commercial fleets and general contractors.

The 2015 Transit will offer two wheelbases, three roof heights and three powertrains, making it capable to fit many needs without body modifications.

Transit Skyliner will make its auto show debut at the New York International Auto Show on April 16 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

The 2014 G.A.S. Calendar is Here!

We are excited to share with you the 2014 G.A.S. calendar. Filled with 13 months of awesome cars, it is sure to keep you entertained and up to date throughout the year. Enjoy!

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SEMA 2013: Galpin Auto Sports goes blue with widebody Shelby GT500

Galpin Auto Sports first showed off their widebody kit for the Ford Mustang at SEMA in 2010, and since then the Southern California customizers have shown off numerous versions since. Their latest is this 2013 Shelby GT500 you see here, painted in the classic Shelby livery of Guardsman Blue with Wimbledon White racing stripes.

The blue theme continues on the inside of the car with a fully custom leather interior that covers nearly every inch of the cockpit from the Recaro seats to the door panels.

Read more after the jump.

Hyundai, GAS And The Walking Dead Bring Fan-Designed Zombie Survival Machine To Life

Zombies beware! Hyundai will welcome the newest addition to its zombie-fighting family at New York Comic-Con: Anson Kuo’s Santa Fe Zombie Survival Machine. Aimed at effective undead annihilation, the fan-built vehicle will be on display for the living on the show floor on October 10.

“Having Anson’s winning design on display at New York Comic-Con is a fun way to celebrate The Walking Dead’s 10th anniversary,” said Robert Kirkman.

As part of The Walking Dead Chop Shop configurator app designed by Hyundai and INNOCEAN USA (launched during San Diego Comic-Con), fans have designed thousands of custom zombie survival machines using the Hyundai Veloster Turbo, Santa Fe or Elantra. This summer, Kuo’s Santa Fe design was picked as the winner out of more than 82,500 fan submissions. His winning vehicle was constructed by Galpin Auto Sports (GAS) and the real-life machine will be unveiled on the New York Comic-Con show floor on October 10 at the Future US booth.

Kuo, who hails from Arizona, created an urban camouflaged Zombie Survival Machine featuring: knife blades, an automatic crossbow, razor-wired windows, three machine guns, a samurai sword, aluminum armor and a muffler silencer. His mission was to create a stealthy vehicle with abundant cargo space for supplies and passengers, maximizing survivability against the undead. Having knives as a primary weapon ensures scarce ammunition is conserved, said Kuo. This Hyundai will be a true zombie obliterator.

“We love Anson Kuo’s take on this Santa Fe Zombie Survival Machine – it’s creative… and deadly,” said Steve Shannon, vice president, Marketing, Hyundai Motor America. “With help from the popularity of The Walking Dead franchise, Hyundai continues to expand the conversation around Hyundai vehicles with young and passionate audiences.”

At San Diego Comic-Con in July, Hyundai unveiled a customized Veloster Zombie Survival Machine designed by Robert Kirkman and fabricated by GAS.


Galpin is proud to introduce its first coach built supercar – the Galpin Ford GTR1. Continuing Galpin’s 60-year legacy of customizing vehicles, the GTR1 is based on the Ford GT and an interpretation of what it may have looked and performed like had it continued it’s evolution. The GTR1 boasts a powerplant capable of an estimated 1024 HP and 739 ft-lbs of torque, generated from a twin turbocharged 5.4L V8 engine that is mechanically capable of speeds in excess of 225 mph – making it a truly modern and bold American Mid-Engine Supercar.

While designed by Galpin Auto Sports, the hand crafted all aluminum body was widened 5 inches compared to the Ford GT, and constructed by renowned concept car builder Metalcrafters. It features 20 inch forged aluminum knock off wheels, Pirelli P-Zero tires, 6 piston brakes with full carbon rotors, jeweled headlamps and tail lamps and carbon fiber accents. The interior features a machined aluminum instrument cluster, a McIntosh sound system, and luxurious hand fabricated leather trimmed seats, dash, door panels and headliner.

For more details, photos and the press kit, visit the Galpin Ford GTR1 website.

GQ: Car Collectors LA – Six Questions for Beau Boeckmann


The Walking Dead Velostar Zombie Survival Machine

The Team Behind the Walking Dead Vehicle

logosFuture US, a leading digital media and content marketing group, and Skybound, Robert Kirkman’s imprint at Image Comics, announced they are partnering once again at Comic-Con International: San Diego 2013 with a host of experiential activations around The Walking Dead universe.

The Future US booth will kick off at Comic-Con International: San Diego 2013 with the debut of the Veloster Zombie Survival Machine, a custom 2013 Hyundai Veloster built by renowned car fabrication shop, Galpin Auto Sports.

Exterior Details

  • Vitamin C textured paint
  • Hand fabricated armor
  • Saw blade tooth-like front grill
  • Wrought iron caged headlights
  • Chain link fenced armored tail lights
  • Quick change front bumper chainsaws
  • Quick change front bumper horde plow
  • Sand bags with supply cargo hood mounts
  • Double barrel shotgun with mount
  • Hood scoop
  • Hand fabricated front rear fenders
  • Door Weaponry
    • Door mounted flame thrower
    • Base blades
    • Machine gun
  • Window Armor
    • Wrought iron front window screen
    • Slit panel armor plated front window screen
    • Barbed wire side window cages
  • Roof mounted PA system “Doom Whistle”
  • Roof mounted flood lights
  • Roof mounted turret/hatch
  • Roof mounted quick change .50 cal machine gun
  • Roof mounted quick change flame thrower
  • Rear
    • Baseball bat with spikes mounted to trunk
    • Samurai sword / Spare wheel/tire mounted to hatch
    • Knife blades from rear bumper
    • Off-road style armored rear bumper
  • Forged wheels
  • All-Terrain Tires
  • Wheel blade weaponry

Interior Details

  • LineX style sprayed flooring
  • Metal fabricated interior walls
  • Reinforcement for roof hatch & roof mounted weapons
  • Control Panels
    • Multiple control panels to control weapons, light, etc
    • Misc. Gauges/ Buttons/ Switches
    • Misc. props including sleeping bag, gun, etc
  • Storage solutions for ammo, weapons, first aid kit, etc

The Comic Con Unveiling

Tonka Truck

It’s time to get out of the sandbox and into some real dirt! Galpin Auto Sports had a blast building this life-sized Ford F250 Super Duty Tonka Truck aptly named the Tonka T-Rex.Keep an eye out for it – appearances will be scheduled at retailer events, promotional events, shows and parades throughout the year.

Features include:

  • Vinyl graphics
  • Custom Tonka-branded grille and blackout badges
  • Bushwacker pocket-style fender flares
  • Line-X bedliner material was put around the grille, on the fender flares, inside the fender wells, in the bed, on the bumpers, and on the running boards Yellow and Black off-road rescue tool kit and mounting rack
  • Security system
  • JL and Kenwood audio and video system
  • Complete custom interior — also in yellow and black — filled with Tonka logos and seats covered in Katzkin leather

Galpin Gasser III Steals the Show


Iron Orchid Wins the Diamond Cup Trophy


Street Rodder Magazines Checks out Past Riddler Winners



2010 Ford Focus RS Featured on Jay Leno’s Garage


In this episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, the well-known comedian and certified car nut invites GAS’ President and Chief Designer, Beau Boeckmann, to his garage to talk about the heavily-tuned 420HP Ford Focus RS built by GAS.

GAS Unveils the LA Half Marathon Pace Car


Iron Orchid


Presenting Iron Orchid: Galpin’s first entry for the historic Ridler Award at Detroit’s Autorama. A one-off period correct ’34 Ford 5-window coupe, built by Dave Shuten of GAS. Stay Tuned!

Galpin Auto Sports is not only well known for its custom builds on new cars…it is also famous for building some of the coolest hot rods and resto mods in the world.

Many GAS creations have been exhibited at some of the biggest hot rod shows in the United States such as Detroit AutoRama, Grand National Roadster Show, and Long Beach MotoRama.

The world of hot rods, classics and resto mods are only limited to your imagination and budget.  In no other area does the phrase “If you can dream it…we can build it” apply more. With a passion for hotrod building that dates back to the 60’s, GAS has the artistry, know-how and ingenuity, to build period correct hotrods from the ground up or restore significant historic rods and customs. From the smallest modifications to full one-off builds, GAS will turn your automotive dream into a reality.

GAS Quality

Quality and satisfaction comes first at GAS, and we have assembled an expert crew to build your dream, including industry master Dave Shuten. In the past 15 years Shuten and has done numerous restorations from one-off builds to famous historic rods and customs including Ed “Big Daddy” Roth’s Orbitron, an exact recreation tribute of Big Daddy’s Mysterion and Dan Wood’s Milk and Ice Trucks.

Our Showroom

Galpin Auto sports not only has a full functional custom shop we have a full retail showroom stocked with all of the most recognizable hot rod and custom car brands including Moon Equipment, SoCal Speed Shop, Radir Wheels and Slicks, and Ford Racing equipment to name a few.  For the kustom kulture enthusiast we also offer merchandise and apparel from the pioneers in hot rodding such as Ed “Big Daddy” Roth, George Barris, Gene Winfield, Robert Williams and Von Dutch.  Galpin is also the home of one of the largest private collections of Ed Roth vehicles and kustom kulture memorabilia.

Resto Mods

As far as resto mods go…whether it’s a car that you that you’ve always wanted or a car that’s been in your family for generations GAS can restore it to stock or give it the best in resto modifications available turning your grandmothers car into the ultimate street machine.

GAS can take your beloved classic car and upgrade it using modern components to enhance its performance, comfort, safety, and beauty.  GAS will keep the integrity of your classic vehicle exterior while giving it a modern spin by using the latest in technology, adding horsepower, and incorporating new components to give you something that you will cherish forever.

Watch the Making of the UNSC Raptor


Microsoft, Virgin Gaming and Ford have joined forces with Galpin Auto Sports (GAS) of “Pimp My Ride” fame to bring you this first glance at the creation of the Halo 4 Infinity Challenge grand prize, a one-of-a-kind custom UNSC-themed Ford F150 SVT Raptor! Meet the team at GAS and check out their design plans in part 1 of this behind the scenes series!

Watch the Tailgate Truck Hit the Auction Block


Modified by Galpin Auto Sports as the ultimate tailgate vehicle with HDTVs and a stainless steel grill. All proceeds to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Watch Another Great GAS Vehicle Get Auctioned for Charity


Custom designed by Steve Carpenter from Galpin Auto Sports, all proceeds from this Mustang go to benefit the Austin Hatcher Foundation.

The 2013 GAS Calendar Has Arrived


Hot off the presses, the 2013 custom car calendar from GAS is here. Check out some of our latest customs and more!

Come by the G.A.S. showroom and pick one up for FREE or download the PDF below.

Crime Fighter F-150

George Barris customized F150…like only George can do it!


  • Magnaflow Dual Exhaust
  • Ground Force Lowering Kit
  • Katzkin Black/Red Leather Interior
  • 24” Custom KMC Wheels
  •  Custom Tuxedo Black Paint with Ferrari Red Accents
  • BAKFLIP Tonneau Cover
  • Streetscene Custom Bumper Cover
  • Barris Bed Rail Wings
  • Barris Custom Fiberglass
  • Hood and Steel Grille

Contact Us for Pricing

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