Hard to imagine a dependable
hot rod - but that's just what the "Rodster®"
is. The concept and longtime dream of VARA member Henry Caroselli,
brought to fruition with partner Todd Gerstenberger, it's a
kit car/hotrod featuring a composite body that sits on a Chevy S-10
Blazer chassis. Using the Blazer's powertrain, smog controls, interior
parts, etc., it retains Blazer registration. With few mechanical modifications
needed, it results in a truly dependable daily driver. With 600 lbs.
removed, the Blazer really kicks, too. The car debuted at the Handcrafted
Auto Show, at Knott's Berry Farm in April, and won the Director's
a neat concept from the standpoint that you don't change the car, you
take the front end off, you cut the back end and the roof off, and you
put this body on it. Any Chevy dealer can service it," says Todd.
It took three years of
development before Henry and Todd built the body and assembled the
first two cars. "I would describe it as a modern 1937 Ford roadster.
That's kind of what we tried for. The important thing is that it needed
to be fun," says Todd. "Yet this is a civilized car that
you can use."
has a background in art direction and advertising for Mazda. Todd
is an Art Center grad in car design, and has done a lot of work for
Ford and the Brubaker Group (designing the Brubaker Box back in the
70's, forerunner of today's minivan).
"I always wanted to create a car that captured the essence of the
original hot rods. I see people smile when they look at the Rodster®
- and to me, that says it all." For more information, contact Caroselli
Design at (310) 322-2767.