A hot rod has always been a social statement, having to do with self-reliance, ingenuity and ultimately independence. Auto Traders A ShortHistory of Hot Rods In the early 1950s hot rods were an art form automotive sculpture created with lead, blow torches, and imagination.The idea wasnt to restore an old car but to create something new. And, if you were a hot rodder in the 1950s then most likely youd be found combing your grandpas garage for an old Ford Model A to customize into the ultimate street rod. The 1929 Ford Model A, also known as A-bone, was such a goldmine. And, once rodded up, it joined the ranks of Outlaws suped-up custom rides. Capture the vintage heritage of hot rods and park this piece of automotive history on your desktop.