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According to wiki wiki: The 'original' Hot Rod Lincoln was a Model A body mounted on a shortened 1948 V12 Lincoln Zephyr frame.
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guys, I also remember the song like it was yesterday, being 67 puts me in that generation. so, now, I'm putting a linc. m-8 4.6 32v v-8 in my 54 f-100. history repeating itself? maybe! "I'm runnin' down the road tryin' to loosen my load, 7 women on my mind" oops wrong song!!!qman
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"Hot Rod Lincoln" was recorded in 1955 as an
answer song answer song
to "
Hot Rod Race Hot Rod Race
", a 1951 hit for
Arkie Shibley Arkie Shibley
and his Mountain Dew Boys. Hot Rod Race tells the story of a late-model Ford and Mercury who end up racing along the highway, neither driver gaining an advantage, and staying "neck and neck" until they are both overtaken (to their amazement) by a kid in "a hopped-up Model A".
"Hot Rod Lincoln" was written by
Charlie Ryan Charlie Ryan
, who had also recorded a version of "
Hot Rod Race Hot Rod Race
", and W. S. Stevenson. It begins with a direct reference to Shibley's earlier ballad, stating "You heard the story of the hot rod race that fatal day, when the Ford and the Mercury went out to play. Well, this is the inside story and I'm here to say, I'm the kid that was a-drivin' that Model A."
Ryan owned a real hot rod that was built from a 1948 12-cylinder Lincoln chassis shortened two feet and with a 1930 Ford Model A body fitted to it. Thus the song explains how in "Hot Rod Race" a kid in a Model A could have outrun late-model Ford and Mercury sedans. Ryan actually raced his hot rod against a Cadillac sedan driven by a friend in Lewiston, Idaho, driving up the Spiral Highway (former U.S. 95) to the top of Lewiston Hill. His song, however, keeps the same location as "
Hot Rod Race Hot Rod Race
", namely Grapevine Hill, which is an old-time local southern California nickname for the long, nearly straight grade up Grapevine Canyon to
Tejon Pass Tejon Pass
, near the town of
Gorman, California Gorman, California
,_California, between
San Pedro, Los Angeles San Pedro, Los Angeles
,_Los_Angeles and
Bakersfield Bakersfield
,_California.
The first release of "Hot Rod Lincoln", in 1955, was recorded by co-writer Ryan, recording as Charlie Ryan and The Livingston Brothers.[1] Ryan's 1959 version, on 4 Star, as Charlie Ryan and The Timberline Riders, is probably better known.
The 1960 version by
Johnny Bond Johnny Bond
was a hit for
Republic Records Republic Records
. Bond's Lincoln has eight cylinders ("and uses them all"), rather than the 12 cylinders pulling Ryan's Model A.
The 1972 release by
Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen
went to #9 on the
Billboard charts Billboard charts
and #7 in Canada. Cody's version opens with the spoken lines, "My Pappy said: Son, you're going to drive me to drinkin' if you don't stop drivin' that hot rod Lincoln." Cody's version also uses a slightly different guitar riff at the beginning, and adopts parts of Johnny Bond's version, including the reference to eight cylinders. Cody's version is largely true to the original with changes that most people don't notice. However, the first line "You've heard the story of the hot rod race when the Fords and the Lincolns were setting the pace ..." completely misses telling the listener that this song is the story of the kid and his Model A that outran the fellows in the late-model Ford and Mercury in the earlier song,
Hot Rod Race Hot Rod Race
.
Hot Rod Lincoln and Hot Rod Race are defining
anthems anthems
of the
hot rod hot rod
community.
Arkie Shibley, who recorded a series of Hot Rod Race songs, died in 1975. Charlie Ryan died in Spokane, Washington, on February 16, 2008, at age 92. He was a member of the
Rockabilly Hall of Fame Rockabilly Hall of Fame
.
The actual "hot rod Lincoln" was auctioned off at the 2013 Barrett Jackson Auto Auction.

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I'm partial to the Commander Cody version myself. Got it on iTunes out in the garage and I wear it out.
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The actual "hot rod Lincoln" was auctioned off at the 2013 Barrett Jackson Auto Auction.
Yes, in the original video I posted the owner, Dave, says he bought the car at Barrett Jackson.

He claims this is the car about which the song was written.
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