Ed “Big Daddy” Roth’s 1956 Ford F-100 Pickup Found!

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There are celebrities, and then there are icons. The dumb Kardashians are celebrities (for no apparent reason), and Ed Roth, otherwise known as “Big Daddy” is an icon, a movement-founder, and forever known as the king of car customization.

Back in the mid-1950s, Big Daddy established his reputation as a masterful pinstripe artist who had a close connection with the hot-rodding scene in California. In fact, some say that it was him that evolved the hot-rodding scene from rubber-burning chum buckets into beautiful and fast works of art called “Kustoms.” One of those works of art was his very own 1956 Ford F-100 pickup truck. A truck that most thought was lost, until recently…

Galpin Motors, one of the most famous Ford dealerships in the entire continent set out to find Big Daddy’s Ford F-100, and after a very long time of looking around, the chase took them to a barn in Oklahoma where the iconic Ford pickup had been stored for decades. Talk about an incredible barn find!


This particular 1956 Ford F-100 is extra special for many reasons, first of all, it was rolling advertising for Big Daddy’s pin striping business, and it was the first praise-worthy truck he created early into his career. It became as the iconic Rat Fink’s truck (a character he invented). The truck featured a Packard V8, a white and red front grille, and white sidewall tires.

Galpin Motors has announced its plans to display the truck at their Van Nuys, CA location until they restore it and bring it back to its former glory. Once the truck is finished, it will return to an exhibition open to the public.

If you’re in the area, make sure to stop by and check it out!

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Story & Photos via: [Autoevolution]

Jerry Perez is a regular contributor to Ford Truck Enthusiasts, Corvette Forum, and 6SpeedOnline, among other auto sites.

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