is Kit Car Magazine saying about the Rodster® Street
views important to the kit car world
For anyone who still believes
that the kit car industry is a splash-and-copy genre, we have news for
you. Henry Caroselli of Caroselli Design, creators of the Rodster and
Rodster sedan delivery, has been granted under law United States Patent
No. D450,284 on his Rodster street rod design. This patent gives Caroselli
legal protection against competitors who hope to elude the patent by
varying one or two nonessential details. The doctrine of equivalents
gives Caroselli the chance to persuade a federal judge that a competing
product, though not identical, is so similar that it infringes on the
thing to remember is that there is considerable shrinkage with each
mold generation, so typically a "sloppy copy" is not dimensionally
identical to the specifications of the original parts. An unsuspecting
customer can be burned with parts that don't fit.
Caroselli Design is one of the top industry manufacturers.
The company works hard to dismiss past negatives that may erroneously
be linked to our hobby, and Caroselli has won awards for good manufacturing
practices. His Chevy S-10-based Rodster and sedan delivery are favorites
at street rod and kit car shows nationwide.
For more information, contact Caroselli Design at
Dept. KC, 128 Center St., Ste. B, El Segundo, CA 90245; 310/322-2767;
Caroselli Design's Rodster
sedan delivery has a nose and design that was awarded a patent as original
Caroselli Design's Rodster sedan delivery has a
nose and design that was awarded a patent as original in concept.
Kit Car Conundrum
Are all street rods kit cars?
text by Robert Eckhardt
Someone else who has taken the kit car approach
to street rodding is Henry Caroselli of Caroselli Design. He is using
the Chevy S-10 and Blazer as his donor cars. He explains why:
"I believe street rodding had gotten out of hand. If you look at
the guys who were building the original street rods, they were taking
the parts that were lying around and built the old '32 highboys. I looked
to see what was lying around today and found Chevy S-10s. I noticed
people lowering and hot rodding them. I thought, Why not reverse
the process? Everyone seems to be putting modern drivetrains, steering,
and brakes into old vehicles. Why not just take a newer vehicle and
make it look retro like a street rod? The kids have discovered that
they can put a V-8 in them and have about the quickest bang for the
buck you can put together. The kit ends up costing about a third of
what a custom highboy would cost.
"The concept is to get back to the simple roots
of hot rodding. A lot of purists will look at my street rod and say
that is heresy. It is not a highboy. The average kid looks at what is
going to be fast and fun. When you get to $30,000 and up for rods, no
high school kid is going to buy one. I am trying to get back to the
pure, simpler cars that started this trend right after WWII. We gravitate
away from the expensive dust collectors and try to help our buyers recreate
the past and the fun."
Caroselli's body parts are handlaid fiberglass (of
high-end resin) with a core mat and carbon fiber in the high-stress
points. The same supplier who builds the Callaway Corvette bodies builds
Caroselli's body panels.
128 Center St.
El Segundo, CA 90245
Street rods can cost more than $100,000. The kit
car answer is an original design is this Chevy S-10-based Rodster from
Caroselli Design, for about one-third the price of a street rod.