The story of the So-Cal Speed Shop is not one made up by some clever marketing types; it’s a true story of friendship, hot rods and the need for speed. Alex Xydias created hot rod history when he opened the So-Cal Speed Shop in 1946 on Olive Avenue in Burbank. His hard work paid off and throughout the 50s, So-Cal’s competition cars ran with pretty fast company. The shop would ultimately close in 1961, but Alex worked behind the scenes with Pete the late Chapouris to ultimately resurrect the famed So-Cal Speed Shop again in 1997.
Cars like Xydias’ So-Cal coupe and belly tank racer are automotive icons, but no less intriguing are the support vehicles of the period. Many historic photos will show this 1953 Ford F100 pickup in the background, serving as reliable transportation for people and parts, and helping to launch the highly geared competition cars to staggering speeds as they ran across the salt flats of Bonneville. The 1953 Ford pickup is iconic in itself, the first to bear the F100 moniker and the last to be flathead V8 powered.
Released in 1:18 scale with a diecast body, the So-Cal Speed Shop 1953 Ford Push Truck features Ford’s legendary flathead V8 motor with original style carburettor, generator and single exhaust. External details include drivers-side fuel filler, chrome door handles, mirrors and a detailed grille. The buckboard mounted on the front bumper is detachable. The simple interior, timber tray and embossed tailgate are correct for the era. Painted in the unforgettable So-Cal red and white livery, this scale model is a fitting tribute to a working class hero.
Priced at $145 plus p&h, call 07 3287 7686 or shop online at www.drivebuy.net.au
- Diecast metal body
- Opening doors, hood and tailgate
- Poseable steering
- Detailed engine, interior and undercarriage