Every car has a story. But few are as good as the one surrounding “The Orbitron,” the space-age ride created in 1964 by California’s most renowned custom car builder, Ed “Big Daddy” Roth.
The car had an electric-blue asymmetrical body that sported a bubble-shaped roof. The interiors consisted of sky-blue shag (known colloquially as “monkey fur”). Just under the dash, it featured a full-blown color television — presumably so that the driver could stay up on all the telenovelas while sitting in rush-hour traffic.
SoCal enthusiasts enjoy a great day of sun and Mustang fun at LA’s Petersen Museum
If you were to ask someone the question, “what is the automotive capital of the United States?” most people would answer, “Detroit,” as it’s the home of the “Big 3” US car makers (Brand X, Brand X-2 and Ford), and city that’s recognized as the Mecca of the automotive industry.
While that answer certainly gets no argument from us, there’s also a lot that definitely can be said about Southern California; the area ranging from Los Angeles to San Diego. We consider this to be a leading car territory as well, because with its year-‘round sunny skies and warm temperatures, SoCal is a perfect place for car enthusiasts—especially Mustang enthusiasts—to live and fully enjoy all of the many facets of the automotive lifestyle.
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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!
Beau Boeckmann of Galpin Auto Sports brings in the Galpin Ford GTR1 supercar! We hear about his family history with Galpin and talk about flying Pintos, barn finds and unsellable Shelbys.
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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.
Galpin Ford has been building and customizing unique one-off vehicles for years, and this is an early example of the company’s creative genius. As the name says, this dragster — built by Gary Weckesser — is powered by four V8 engines. Based on a 1969 Ford Mustang funny car, this dragster was quite popular on the show circuit from 1969 to 1975. But it wasn’t simply a show car; its four engines put out an estimated 3000 horsepower. The Mach IV could hit a quarter-mile in around seven seconds at a speed of 180 mph.
Autobytel picks GAS’ Iron Orchid as one of it’s top vehicles of the 2013 SEMA show in Las Vegas.
Bam! Direct from the glory days of drag-racing exhibitionists comes this recreation of the wheelstanding Back-Up Pickup. We first brought this to you in a news item when the truck was under construction, and now Dave Shuten at Galpin Auto Sports has the project complete and on display at the 2013 SEMA Show. He cranked out the complete buildup in 12 weeks, but now will be slowed down repairing a gack in the front corner of the truck by the delivery van that shipped it to Las Vegas. At the show, we had the chance to hang out with builder Shuten and with Ed Justice Jr., whose company Justice Bros. was a major sponsor of the truck when it was new. So was Galpin Ford, from 1969 to 1971, hence the connection to Galpin Auto Sports.
GAS is proud to be back at SEMA Las Vegas, showcasing a variety of our one of a kind cars and awesome Galpinized vehicles. Our booth will be outside by the Ford Proving Grounds, where you will find Iron Orchid, the Backup Pickup and the GTR1, but we will have builds all over SEMA!
Galpin’s 2nd annual car show, celebrating 60 years of Bert Boeckmann was a huge success. Check out the photos here.
Car enthusiasts converged at Galpin Motors to admire exotic and custom automobiles that spanned more than a century Sunday and belong to Galpin’s private collection and the public.
The free car show celebrated six decades that Galpin Motors owner Bert Boeckmann has been involved with the lucrative San Fernando Valley-based dealership as well as six decades of “Galpinizing,” which is their version of customizing cars.
Built by Galpin Auto Sports’ Sales Manager Steve Carpenter, the Galpin Gasser III is a throwback to the original low-buck hot rod. Located in Los Angeles, Galpin Ford is one of the oldest dealerships in the country and its custom shop is Galpin Auto Sports (GAS).
Steve started off with a Custom Tudor Sedan (Ford’s lowest trim level) he snagged of eBay and then added a modern 302 bored to 331 ci and topped with tunnel ram manifold with dual quads; the exhaust is routed through custom fenderwell headers. A Borg-Warner four-speed manual puts all 500+ horses down on the pavement via 4.11 gears in a nine-inch Currie rear. And the front? That’s what a gasser is all about, so you’ll find a 1950s Ford truck straight axle lending to the Custom’s characteristic rake.
The Crime Fighter F-150 Edition debuted at the 2012 LA Auto show and has recently surfaced again at Comic Con. The concept was inspired by George Barris’s Original 1966 Batmobile and originated in 2007 as a rendering by the man himself. Although many of George Barris’s ideas never became reality, this one did through the efforts of his grandson, Jared Barris. A mere eight week joint effort between Galpin Auto Sports and Barris Kustom Industries brought this creation to real life. (This should be no big deal, right, since Barris built the Ford/Lincoln Futura concept car Batmobile in 15 days in 1965.) The custom fabrication of the 18-gauge steel, hand-shaped truck-wings and the water-jetted aluminum grill design and pattern were masterly crafted by Barris Kustom. Galpin Auto Sports (G.A.S.) added the Ground Force lowering kit, Magnaflow dual exhaust to the 5.0-liter V8, 24” KMC rims, Katzskin black and red leather interior, BAKFLIP tonneau cover, hood, Streetscene side skirts and front bumper fascia, and the tuxedo black paint with Ferrari red stripes.
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