Hooniverse Asks – What Car is the Most Rock & Roll?

Elvis can be most identified with driving a Caddy, and as his last act, the big porcelain bus, but you wouldn’t call either of those Rock & Roll rides, would you? There’ve been tons of rock songs written about cars – from Mercurys to little GTOs and a few deuces thrown in just to be wild. BUt is there one car that, more than any other, embodies the Rock & Roll mythology?
American Graffiti was an ode to both cruisin’ cars and the music coming from their radios. Tinny, single speaker AM, that was still sounds that shaped the way a generation grew up. Milner’s Ford coupe, itself an ode to the fabled Deuce Coupe of the Beach Boys hit song is a good example of a Rockin’ car but of only one era. Do you think that cars, like music, can only represent a certain time and mindset, or is there one that represents, above all others, Rock & Roll at its most primal?
So what do you think, is there one car that’s more Rock & Roll than any other? Or, are you more of a polka person?
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  1. Jim7 Avatar

    The Rocket 88.

    1. OA5599 Avatar

      You must have gotten dressed in a hurry this morning. Your stripe is on backwards. I bet you don't feel so sharp-dressed now.
      <img src="http://static.howstuffworks.com/gif/zz-top-eliminator-hot-rod-2.jpg"&gt;

    2. beef Avatar

      hell of sassy!

  2. tonyola Avatar

    It was good enough for Elvis, and every rock and roll star in the '50s dreamed of cruising in one of these.
    <img src="http://files.myopera.com/NghiaTAKESHI/albums/655015/1957%20Cadillac%20De%20Ville%20Convertible.jpg&quot; width="500/">

    1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
      Peter Tanshanomi

      And you can trace its rock-and-roll legacy all the way up through Springsteen's "Pink Cadillac." That covers a lot of ground.

      1. OA5599 Avatar

        Actually, Cadillac's Roack and Roll legacy goes even further than that.
        [youtube SDe23UM6kjY http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDe23UM6kjY youtube]

      2. OA5599 Avatar

        rescue attempt Hoonibbles hates trains.

  3. CptSevere Avatar

    Easy answer: Bitchin' Camaro. Actual answer: Ford Econoline nine passenger window van with an equipment trailer behind it. My own personal answer:The Road Condo (see avatar). The thing would hold all of the equipment used by a six piece blues band, including the PA, and double as the "green room" during gigs. Handy as hell.

  4. scroggzilla Avatar

    My pappy said, "Son, you're gonna' drive me to drinkin'
    If you don't stop drivin' that Hot Rod Lincoln"
    <img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3465/3987475373_5a7775802e.jpg&quot; width="500" height="333" alt="54 carrera panamericana de rosa bustos lincoln capri" />

    1. tonyola Avatar

      The song refers to a Model A-based hot rod with Lincoln engine, not a real Lincoln.
      "Have you heard the story of the hot rod race
      Where the Fords and Lincolns were settin' the pace?
      That story is true I'm here to say
      I was drivin' that model A.
      It's got a Lincoln motor and it's really souped up
      That a Model A body makes it look like a pup
      It's got eight cylinders and uses 'em all
      Got overdrive, just won't stall"

      1. Ryans92L Avatar

        A V12 Lincoln no less! Unless its the cover then it has a V8…

      2. scroggzilla Avatar

        I know, tonyola. Bit of artistic license on my part.

  5. Rust-MyEnemy Avatar

    <img src="http://lh5.ggpht.com/_Pk7gG3EqUfA/SQ_bqYnc_sI/AAAAAAAAB8o/t8qAIWC4K4s/CRW_2043.jpg&quot; width=400>
    For me, it has to be the above, especially in orange.
    Something about the blue-collar credentials of that Ford engine and the way the Pantera was marketed, and of course it did have some notable supporters.

      1. Rust-MyEnemy Avatar

        Couldn't be more apt if it tried

    1. Ryans92L Avatar

      Yeah just go ask Vince Neil…

    2. tonyola Avatar

      Elvis shot his Pantera. That's rock and roll.

  6. engineerd Avatar

    A few years ago I went to the Rock Stars Cars & Guitars display at the Henry Ford museum. They had a bunch of cars from various musical acts along with their guitars. It was pretty cool. Unfortunately, I forgot my camera and had to use the crappy on on my phone, which didn't do well in low light. Oh well.
    There were a bunch of '30s Ford hot rods, including the ZZ Top Eliminator. Of any particular model, that is probably the most "rock star" simply by popularity. Here's Kirk Hammtt's, including a custom trunk to hold his guitar:
    <img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2648/3691834685_18830036f9.jpg&quot; width="500" height="375" alt="Kirk Hammett's 1936 Ford Custom" />
    However, I have a feeling that this is what the majority of rock bands in the US are driving.
    <img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2447/3696196840_cf61a691f9.jpg&quot; width="500" height="375" alt="Soundgarden's Chevy van" />

  7. Feds_II Avatar

    The most rock and roll car is the one that gets the band to the gigs, gives you a place to smoke up before prep for the show, and somewhere to fondle groupies then pass out sleep afterwards.
    In my day they looked like this:
    <img src="http://www.neaca.com/images/Chevy_G20_Conversion_Van_1992_.jpg"&gt;

  8. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
    Peter Tanshanomi

    The best real Rock & Roll is dangerous, antisocial, deliberately in your face, awe-inspiring, attention-getting, irresistible, cool, showy, over-the-top, and unlike anything you've experienced before.
    Thus, Megacycle.
    <img src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_i_AovfzNXgQ/S1APSt7_jfI/AAAAAAABClA/IYOxDgM0TQs/s400/mega+finished.jpg"&gt;

    1. OA5599 Avatar

      Rescue attempt. Hoonibbles apparently is still upset with Hagar for that whole Van Halen thing.

    1. buzzboy7 Avatar

      Good reference, good song, saddly not rock and roll

      1. tonyola Avatar

        If you don't think "409" was rock and roll in 1962, then you simply don't know what rock and roll is.

  9. skitter Avatar

    <img src="http://i615.photobucket.com/albums/tt237/jskitter/hooniverse/FordHolden.jpg&quot; width="500">
    First I was torn between the Cadillac CTS-V Wagon and the TVR Sagaris. But then I decided it's hard to top the still-boiling Ford/Holden feud. They've used the same basic ingredients for decades, always changing, yet always the same, with little in the way of electronic influence. And turning things up to eleven on storied racetracks is the pinnacle of something that anyone can play around with in their garage.

  10. Slow Joe Crow Avatar
    Slow Joe Crow

    The Ford Econoline, because Rock and Roll wouldn't happen without a way to get to gigs. The Econoline is even immortalized in the opening lines of Neil Young's Tonight's the Night (a tribute to former CSN roadie Bruce Berry).

    1. Black Steelies Avatar

      He also sings about an Aerostar and Cutlass Supreme in 'I'm the Ocean'. And let's not forget 'Sedan Delivery'. Hell he even mentions Datsuns and an army jeep in 'Motor City'.
      My favorite artist, man. I really gotta see him live.

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  12. Black Steelies Avatar

    What, no '55 Chevys? When I think of the classic image of early rock and roll, a '55 just goes hand in hand. This 2 Lane Blacktop example probably represents the later grunge genre even though James Taylor certainly doesn't.
    <img src="http://2loose.chevytalk.org/2LaneBlacktop55%2001.jpg"&gt;

  13. OA5599 Avatar

    Wheel a Daihatsu ROCKy AND ROLLover is imminent.
    <img src="http://image.4wheeloffroad.com/f/9309492+w750+st0/131_0612_05_z+1990_daihatsu_rocky+passenger_side_view.jpg&quot; width=500>

  14. buzzboy7 Avatar

    C3 Corvette Stingray a la rick allen
    <img src="http://2011-corvette.net/images/corvette_stingray_2.jpg"&gt;

    1. Black Steelies Avatar

      Nah if it's a Vette I'm thinking older, a la 'Heavy Metal'. Felder is the Goddamn man….. 0:52
      [youtube WuIZNwpL3cU&feature=related http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WuIZNwpL3cU&feature=related youtube]

  15. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
    Peter Tanshanomi

    Off-topic tangent here, but BritishV8.org is somewhere in the realm of "space-ape" awesome.
    <img src="http://www.britishv8.org/Other/NormanRest/NormanRest-AK.JPG&quot; width="500">

    1. Alff Avatar

      Indeed. It's one of the places I visit to regain some perspective, whenever I get to thinking that I might be a "car guy".

  16. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
    Peter Tanshanomi

    rescue attempt

  17. Smells_Homeless Avatar

    Just for the record, that Mercury is "Panama." Many levels of rock there.

  18. Smells_Homeless Avatar

    I think it's impossible to pick one. The dream of the automobile is the same as the message of R&R – freedom. Sure, a Camry may not seem so rock on the surface, but it's what that Camry enables that makes it rock. Anything that can get you down the road either away from or closer to where you are or want to be qualifies as rock in my book. Especially if your parents are against it.

  19. Eggwich Avatar

    GM F-bodies.
    Cars that are rock and roll aren't owned by performers, they are owned by the guys blaring the music in every city around the country. And during my lifetime, that means F-bodies. Laugh at the cars or their owners all you want, they still rock.

    1. Maymar Avatar

      Don't forget the G-Body also (especially the Monte Carlo SS), preferably with T-Tops.

  20. Alff Avatar

    I have a limo. I ride in the back. I lock the doors, in case of attack.
    <img src="http://www.mcsmk8.com/80-LIMO/HR/LIMO-02-HR.JPG"width=600&gt;

    1. tonyola Avatar

      My Maserati does 185.
      I lost my license, now I don't drive.
      <img src="http://www.carprices24.com/cars/maserati/bora/bora-4.jpg&quot; width=400>

    2. Feds_II Avatar

      My Maserati does 185. I lost my license, now I don't drive.

  21. Black Steelies Avatar

    Shit, totally forgot about this until now. What do you get when you mix Keith Moon, a Rolls* and a swimming pool?… Rock and Roll.
    <img src="http://www.bbc.co.uk/topgear/images/episodes/episodearchive_060301.jpg"&gt;
    *NOTE- in some versions this is a Caddy or even Lincoln Continental, but dunking a Rolls is so much more awesome.

  22. coupeZ600 Avatar

    Without a doubt, "The Wullet".