Ultimate Hot Rod Glossary – The C’s
“I’m gonna give my mouse some laughing gas, add some zoomies, throw on some big baloneys, and hit the quarter-mile with my tri-five.”
Okay, who talks like that really? Probably no one, although hot rodding does come with so many unique words and slang terms that it’s almost impossible to think of them all. But we’re going to try anyway. This week are the C’s, and next week we’ll bring you the D’s.
Cabriolet: A convertible with windows.
California Top: A fixed rigid top applied to a touring car, replacing the regular folding top.
Carson Top: A solid, removable roof that is covered with a soft material.
Channeled: Cutting the floor so the body rests around the frame rails rather than sitting on top of the frame. This gives an overall lower appearance.
Chopped: A hard-top car that has had its roof lowered.
Classic: A fine or unusual motorcar typically built between 1925 and 1948, often distinguished by its fine design, high engineering standards, and superior workmanship.
Club Coupe: A two-door closed car with rear seat.
Coach: A two-door sedan.
Convertible: An open-top car with a folding roof and side windows.
Coupe: A closed car with two doors.
Crate Engine: A factory-built, ready to run engine.
Custom: A car that is modified in visual appearance through imaginative and technical methods to create a distinctive vehicle.
Cycle Fenders: Usually a front and sometimes rear fender similar to that used on a bicycle, which follows the curvature of the wheel.