10 Best (Worst) Rat Rod Interiors

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on January 30th, 2014

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - Rat Rot Interior Lead

In a previous article titled “Finding Beauty in Abandoned Car Interiors,” we featured photographs of unloved vehicles that have been left to rot in backyards and junkyards all across the country. But what about cars that are loved — just rotted by design?

A rat rod is a distinct genre of automobile that rose out of 1970’s hot rod culture to counter the trend of pristine restorations and customizations that often alienated car enthusiasts with limited funds. The rods, which are typically coupes or roadsters from the late 1920’s to late 1950’s, were initially plain vehicles with souped-up powertrains. To save money, owners would leave them in primer paint and put blankets over their upholstery.

As the genre became more popular — due in large part to magazine coverage — the look of rat rods transformed from necessity to novelty. It wasn’t long before owners began purposefully neglecting and even beating up their vehicles to make them look more worn. Owners also began organizing rat rod car shows and awarding prizes to those with the most disintegrated rides.

Ironically, today car enthusiasts pay a lot of money for distressed paint jobs and interiors so that they could boast about owning the baddest rat rod on the block. For those of us who’ve spent years honing our skills to become masters of our craft, it’s a nightmare for sure — but to each his own I suppose.

Below are our picks for 10 best — and by that we mean nastiest and grimiest — rat rod interiors.

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - Rat Rod Interior

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - Rat Rod Interior

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - Rat Rod Interior

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - Rat Rod Interior

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - Rat Rod Interior

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - Rat Rod Interior

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - Rat Rod Interior

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - Rat Rod Interior

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - Rat Rod Interior

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - Rat Rod Interior

What do you think? Share with us your thoughts on rat rod culture in the comments section below.




15 Responses

  1. Robert Morris says:

    I think they ate great . LOVE FOR THE GRITTY RATS!

  2. josh hardison says:

    Got to love the 5th one down! Hammers #33. Maybe its because I sewed it all up… shout out to Rat Rods by Jason!

  3. Natalie says:

    Cowboy boots??!!?? Well, I guess you can either stick ’em on a fence post or in your hot rod…

  4. Retired…Art Mabe, No Thanks For Me.

  5. rich santana says:

    I thought the boots were an original idea too. In the right car, they work well. It’s just a different taste. If we all had the same taste, we would all be eating tofu and lucky charms.

  6. I wouldn’t personally have a rat rod but I do admire the creativity and ingenuity that they put into em

  7. What A Bunch Of Garbage.

  8. justin montgomery says:

    while i guess i see how this wouldnt fit somes taste, for me this is pure art and exspression and car enthusiasm at its best , but in a world based on money ,were most exspensive is held the highest ,
    especially in the car world , shiny paint , interier not even allowed to have shoes on , rat rodding is a hobby right after my own heart , these are usually made from vehicles that carried many families around an were everyday drivers , an to keep the past on the road an thriving , is awesome , most expensive is not always best in my book , great job guys , cant even pick a favorite , 1’4’7’9

  9. seatmaker seatmaker says:

    I have never understood the attraction to this type of vehicle. When we were kids I wouldn’t be caught dead in one. It seems have spawned new and growing fad and for those that appreciate it. There is a lot there to take in and really like.

  10. j says:

    i guess as an apulster i could see how this wouldnt appeal , lookin at these probably makes you cringe lol not really a new fad eitherjust more out there now it seems , what i dont like is people spending thousands of dollars to achieve ” the look ” , the whole.project to me is turning nothing into something , personalized junk to some i.guess , to an old country boy like me , this is what true hot rodding is about , i love show cars but this wereit begun , in garages with.little to.no.money an.know how ,

  11. Vinnie's Car Uphostery JustVince says:

    pretty cool stuff but i get the point of calling them the worst as we have no work to do in any of these all home made but stil if you can rat rod it on the outside a true ratrodder must make them rat rod on on the inside some reall cool ideas seen here thats for sure.

  12. Pretty cool. I admire the creativity and ingenuity that they put into em

  13. Adam says:

    Mines the 4th car down has about 30k miles on it all hand crafted interior not some half ass factory seat with some fake leather covering up shitty skills like it or not I’ll be the one passing u at 80 on hi way while u are hauling your trailer queen to the show so people can back there ass up against your car to look inside .. Like them or not rats are built to be driven some aren’t so are but there built to say fuck u and that’s exactly what it’s all about !btw turned down a 55k offer for the car a few years ago so don’t let that fool u like most people some people see a rusty car they don’t see a well built car to look rough


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *