Boyd Coddington was perhaps one of the first and unparalleled Hot Rod builders among Southern Californian Hot Rod builders.

He was 13 years old when he first got his first car, a 1931 Chevrolet truck and quickly started reconstructing it.

In the 1950s, he moved to California where he started working as a machinist at Disneyland.

Despite the hectic job he had, he would follow his passion of tinkering cars in his garage after work.

He was married to Peggy Jeanne King during the 1960s and had one child with her.

He then went on to marry for the second time with Diane Marie Ragone Elkin in 1971, which also failed after 5 years.

He opened his shop, Hot Rods by Boyd in Cypress, California in 1977. His unique hot rods captured people’s eyes.

His craze for reconstructing vintage cars with elegant designs came to be known as the ‘Boyd


Boyd had five children with Jo Andenise Clausen McGee, whom he married in the year 2002.

Due to a bankrupt customer, Boyd faced a $465,000 loss which led him to partner with his son Boyd Coddington Jr.

He was once charged with misdemeanor by California officials who believed that many central parts of a car would be replaced by Boyd.

He pleaded guilty on April 7, 2005.

Boyd was a long time diabetic and was admitted to Presbyterian Inter community Hospital in Whittier, California, in 2007.

According to his publicist, he died from complications of a perforated colon surgery along with sepsis and kidney complications on Feb. 27, 2008.

During his time, Boyd earned two Daimler-Chrysler Design Excellence awards.

He was also invited to the Grand National Roadster Show Hall of Fame and the National Rod & Custom Museum Hall of Fame.

At the time of his death, Boyd Coddington garnered the net worth of $12.5 Million.