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Sonny Kahal's 1932 Ford Tudor Sedan. Sonny showed the car at the Detroit Autorama in the mid-1950s. Back then, it featured a chopped top, a 1951 Oldsmobile engine, and bobbed fenders.

Bobbed fenders are a distinctive feature of hot rods, representing a popular customization technique in hot rod culture.


Bobbed fenders originated in the early 20th century during the rise of hot rodding. As enthusiasts sought to enhance the performance and appearance of their vehicles, they began modifying stock automobiles. One notable modification involved removing or reducing the size of fenders, leading to the birth of bobbed fenders.


Bobbed fenders serve multiple purposes in the realm of hot rods. Primarily, they are a visual statement, representing a departure from traditional aesthetics and emphasizing a more aggressive, streamlined look. By removing unnecessary material, bobbed fenders reduce weight and aerodynamic drag, thereby improving the performance and handling of hot rods.


The process of bobbing fenders typically involves trimming or cutting sections of the fender to achieve the desired shape. This can be done using various tools such as metal shears, grinders, or plasma cutters. Careful attention must be paid to maintain a smooth, even contour and ensure the fenders align harmoniously with the overall body design.

Legal Considerations

It is important to note that the legality of bobbed fenders may vary depending on local regulations and jurisdiction. In some areas, modifications that alter the original dimensions of fenders may be subject to specific restrictions or require additional safety measures. Hot rod enthusiasts should familiarize themselves with applicable laws and regulations before performing any modifications.

Hot Rods Featuring Bobbed Fenders

Sonny Kahal's 1932 Ford Tudor Sedan


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