ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons Custom Cars

The leader of the legendary trio has several custom vehicles. One of them even featured on the cover of a couple of albums.

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William Frederick "Billy" Gibbons, born on December 16, 1949, is the guitarist and vocalist of the power trio ZZ Top, that complete Dusty hill (Bass) and Frank beard (drums), and it's also a passionate about custom cars. As in the case of the songs he creates together with the legendary blues and hard rock band, which was born in 1969 and is still current, each of his creations has a name.

ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons Custom Cars
Cadzzilla, a 62 Cadillac Series 1948 Sedanette.

One of the most popular is "Cadzzilla”, A hot-rod based on a 62 Cadillac Series 1948 Sedanette that he designed Larry ericson and built Boyd Coddington. The name of this impressive vehicle is the union of Cadillac, ZZ Top and Godzilla, the fictional dinosaur mutated by nuclear tests in the Pacific. For the latter, the license plate has the inscription "I8Tokyo" (I hate Tokyo, that is, "I hate Tokyo").

That Gibbons love of custom cars is clearly seen in the ZZ's discography. This is how they let it be seen on the covers of the records Eliminator (1983) y Afterburner (1985). Both have the same protagonist on the cover: a 1933 Ford Coupe, which is also owned by the frontman. In this case the work was carried out by Don thelen from Buffalo Motor Cars. He was baptized as "Eliminator Cupe". The Ford appears in all its glory in Eliminator and can even be seen in various videos on the album. While on the other plate it is seen flying through space as if it were an intergalactic ship.

ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons Custom Cars
Eliminator Cupe, a 1933 Ford Coupe.

The beautiful Gibbons collection is completed with the “Slampala", a 1962 Chevrolet Impala that has an engine according to the demands of its owner, custom wheels with Toyo Zamalloa tires with a Firestone airbag system with electronic solenoid controls, ECI disc brake and a stereo with huge speakers.

The list goes on with "The Mambo Coupé”, A 1936 Ford that he found in an Idaho store. "There it was, black, shiny and hard to the max", as Gibbons once recalled.

In addition, he owns a 1948 Pontiac Silver Streak Leapin 'Limo that was discovered rusted on a Texas ranch, a 1932 Ford Highboy Roadster very elegant endowed with a powerful V8 engine and a 1961 Rad-Bad Cadillac that its owner uses for "Undertake a journey without a destination" ...

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Diego durruty

Journalist with 30 years of experience. Worked in magazines STROKE, The graphic, Coequipier y Only TC, on the Internet sites SportsYa!, e-driver.com y kmcero.com and on the radios Rock pop y Vorterix.com. He covered the Dakar rally for the German agency dpa. He currently drives Two Daring Guys, a car magazine that is broadcast on Tuesdays from 18 to 19 by RadioArroba.com; is editor of motorsport in Red Bull Argentina, columnist on the show WorldSport (AM Splendid) and in Surf & Rock FM.  He is also a teacher in SPORTS. Now you can read it on his blog: automundo.com.ar.

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