Counting Cars first hit screens in 2012 to immediate success and is still wowing audiences worldwide. The series, which was originally a spinoff of another well-known reality TV series, documents the daily lives of Count Kustoms, an automobile restoration company owned by Danny Koker. The show mainly focusses on the restoration or customization of classic automobiles as well as motorbikes, and various other modified vehicles. As a result, Koker has become a recognized car enthusiast and has secured fans across the globe. Furthermore, the company has attracted some big names over the years, from the heavy metal band Judas Priest to musician and writer Rob Zombie.
Interestingly, around the same time Counting Cars first aired, Fast N' Loud, another car restoration show was broadcast. Fast N' Loud documents the lives of several mechanics, including Richard Rawlings, in the Gas Monkey Garage, based in Dallas, Texas. Much like, Counting Cars, Fast N' Loud is a restoration show but this time with a difference due to the numerous skits involved in the episodes. Overall, both are shows are excellent viewing, especially if you are a keen car enthusiast.
Both shows are extremely popular and have displayed some amazing craft work with regards to customizing and restoring vehicles. In fact, audiences across the globe seem to like them both equally with each programme offering something different. But which one really is the best? Here are Counting Cars Vs Fast N' Loud: best builds from both.
20 1976 Chevy C-10 (Fast N' Loud)
Pickup trucks are the epitome of all American trucks, especially when modified to look and run even better. This particular 1976 Cheby C-10 was completely taken apart and rebuilt with brand new parts in the famed Fast N' Loud garage, Gas Monkey Garage.
Not only does it perform better but the pickup also looks the part too, mostly down to its fresh new paint job and two-tone paint scheme.
However, its the low stance of the truck that is really eye-catching, and was achieved by using air ride products from Porterbuilt Fabrications and Accuair Suspension.
19 1962 Karmann Ghia (Counting Cars)
The Karmann Ghia was a magnificent sports car initially built by German manufacturers, Volkswagen between 1955 and 1976. The Karmann Ghia was sold as either a coupe or a cabriolet and is now considered to be somewhat of a classic. However, it was the 1962 model that got the treatment, with the crew of Counting Cars getting their hands on the car during their fourth season. Although the Karmann Ghia needed a complete makeover it still needed to keep the charm and essence of the original brand. Thankfully the crew of Count Kustom's knew what to do and the car was restored to its very best.
18 1960 Chevrolet Bel Air (Fast N' Loud)
The Chevrolet Bel Air was a full-size automobile produced by the legendary Chevrolet brand from the 1950s to the early eighties. The car has had a number of generations over the years but it was the 1960 version that really stood out.
Fast N' Loud certainly agreed, with the crew from the Gas Monkey Garage working their magic on the famed car and producing something extremely special.
The result was epic, with the team adding a brand new set of aftermarket wheels, a new paint scheme, new chrome inserts, and more modern Chevrolet Camaro LS3 V8.
17 1938 Rat Rod Ford Pickup (Counting Cars)
Hot Rods are cars for those who really love cars and act as somewhat of an enigma all on their own. Sadly, many of them are now abandoned rust buckets, left to wither away in the corner of numerous garages all over the world. Thankfully, those at Count Kustom's decided to save at least one of these bad boys and picked up a 1938 Ford Hot Rod in the process. The finished product was a major success, with the car going on to be one of the best they had ever achieved and immediately went down in history as the finest rat rod to appear on the show. And what's a rat rod you might ask? The rat rod is a style of hot rod or custom car that imitates or exaggerates the early hot rods of the 1930s onwards.
16 1965 Chevrolet C10 Pace Truck (Fast N'Loud)
The cars at Fast N Loud just get better and better with the restored 1965 Chevrolet C10 Pace Truck certainly no different. The pickup was in dire condition when the crew first started with the paintwork extremely faded and rust a major problem.
In fact, the truck was in such a bad state that it even had a tree growing through the front bumper.
20 days later and on a budget of $50,000, the truck was not only unrecognizable but also extremely road worthy and summed up what the crew of the Gas Monkey Garage was all about.
15 1978 Chevy El Camino (Counting Cars)
Chevrolet El Camino was a coupé utility that was first produced by Chevrolet between 1959 and 1960 and then again from 1964 to 1987. Initially, the El Camino was adapted from a two-door station wagon and unlike the pickup truck, it had an integrated cab and cargo bed into the body. The car is a popular vehicle and has been featured in a number of car shows across the years. The car was featured on the "Back in the Wind" episode which saw the gang custom-build a classic 1978 El Camino as well as a motorcycle for a wheelchair user. Wow, is there anything these guys can't do?
14 1963 Ford Falcon (Fast N' Loud)
The Ford Falcon was a notable vehicle which was produced by the Ford company between 1960 and 1970. The car spanned three generations and was widely popular during its lifespan.
In fact, the motor vehicle even outsold rival vehicles such as Chrysler and General Motors.
Fast N' Loud was also big fans and dedicated an episode to the car which saw Aaron Kaufmann modify a 1963 Ford Falcon and race it during the famed Pikes Peak International Hillclimb. Not long after the race, Kaufman put the car up for auction and parted ways with the classic car.
13 1972 Oldsmobile Cutlass Convertible (Counting Cars)
Counting Cars have restored some great vehicles during its time, but the Oldsmobile Cutlass Convertible certainly comes close to one of the best. The restoration was seen during the fourth season when the team was asked by the owner to renovate his car. The car was initially released in 1972 and is now considered to be a classic. Interestingly, the Oldsmobile Cutlass Convertible was an attempt at a combo of both a muscle car and a roadster. Obviously, the team were extremely delighted with the task and turned out one of the best custom-made vehicles ever made.
12 1968 Hot Wheels Corvette (Fast N' Loud)
Everybody loves Hot Wheels and everybody loves Corvettes, so what's better than putting them both together and creating the perfect car?
The crew at Fast N' Loud certainly agreed and built a stunning 1968 Corvette after Hot Wheels themselves had challenged them to build a car to become part of their exclusive Red Line Club.
In fact, the car is so true to form that it even has a gigantic engine that pops out of the hood. The car is undoubtedly one of the coolest cars to have ever come out of the show and has gone down in history as one of the best.
11 1959 Anglia Street Rod (Counting Cars)
In 2015, the crew of Counting Cars met with a customer who already had the perfect vehicle. However, no car is ever perfect, with the owner requesting a killer paint job to match the style and finesse of his vehicle. The automobile in question was a 1959 Anglia Dragster and displayed a slick side exhaust, a wheelie bar, one of the shiniest engines known to mankind and a paint job you could only wish for. In fact, the paintwork was so well received that the vehicle was instantly nicknamed, "Insane Black Widow," and insane it was. In a good way of course.
10 1959 Ford F-100 (Fast N' Loud)
In series 14, the crew of Fast N' Loud attempted to turn an aging 1959 Ford F-100 into a slick new automobile with a brand new paint job. This time the client was Shiner Bock Beer, marketed as the best beer in Texas.
In fact, Spoetzl Brewery, which is located in Shiner, Texas, is the oldest independent brewery in Texas and extremely popular with locals.
In the end, the Shiner product loved the truck and ended up paying a mean $150,000 for the vehicle. Overall, the truck was said to be a favorite for those at the garage, with it likely there was also some free beer involved.
9 1977 Lincoln Continental (Counting Cars)
The Lincoln Continental is a range of full-sized luxury cars manufactured by Lincoln (a bisection of the well-known automobile maker, Ford). The car was initially brought to the public in 1939 and was the personal vehicle of Edsel Ford, who was the only recognized child of Henry Ford. Since then the car has been available and has spanned over ten generations. All in all, the Lincoln Continental is a monster of a vehicle and is huge in size, with Counting Cars certainly casting their magic on the car with a two-tone paint job and some seriously styled interior.
8 1991 Ferrari F40 (Fast N' Loud)
The crew at Gas Monkey Garage are professionals when it comes to a super expensive sports car with the recent restoration of a 1991 Ferrari F40 a prime example. The Ferarri was originally painted red and was involved in a gigantic car crash back in 2011 causing it to wreck.
Sadly, the vehicle was headed to the junkyard and would likely never be used again.
However, like the superheroes they are, the guys of Fast N' Loud got their hands on it for just $400,000 dollars and turned into something of a medical marvel. The Ferrari underwent a huge makeover and was rebuilt into a roaring race car with miles to kill.
7 1963 Chrysler Imperial (Counting Cars)
The Chrysler Imperial was a luxury automobile produced by the Chrysler Corporation between 1955 and 1975. However, the car also, albeit briefly, popped up again between 1981 and 1983. The Imperial was a classy car and was noted for being top of its game. In fact, the car would see new or modified styles introduced every two or three years and would come complete with a V8 engine as well as the best technology of the time. In season 4, the crew at Custom Cars restored an old 1963 banger into a brand new luxurious vehicle, with the car one of the highlights of the series.
6 1955 Ford Customline (Fast N' Loud)
The Ford Customline was only produced between 1952 and 1956. Although the time period was rather short, the vehicle has a lasting history and has somewhat become sort of a classic.
The car was featured on Fast N' Loud during its fourth season and was initially bought by Richard Rawlings for a feature named "Big" due to its large size.
Overall, the vehicle was received and eventually sold to Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks. After a short time, the car was donated to charity, with the NBA graphic on the hood of the car removed.
5 1962 Cadillac CoupeDeville (Counting Cars)
The Cadillac DeVille was a separate model produced by Cadillac in the late forties and is now extremely iconic. The first car of the series was the 1949 Coupe de Ville, which was a two-door hardtop body and eventually became known as a "De." By the early 60s, the Cadillac DeVille had had a major facelift, and now sported a flatter grille, a larger bumper and rectangular parking lamps. Luckily, the guys at Counting Cars managed to get their oily hands on a 1962 Cadillac Coupe DeVille, which became one of their standout features and was later won in Las Vegas.
4 1952 Chevrolet Fleetline (Fast N' Loud)
The Chevrolet Fleetline was an old-school automobile produced by US manufacturers Chevrolet between 1941 and 1952. The car was immediately popular upon its release but was stopped briefly in 1943 due to World War II.
The Fleetline series is now a collectible with the cars going for enormous amounts at auction.
In fact, the 1952 Fleetline was the first car the crew at the Gas Monkey Garage got their hands on and was originally covered in rust. The car then ended up in Richard Rawling's personal collection, no surprise there then.
3 1960 Chevrolet Sedan (Counting Cars)
Creepy to say the least, this hearse-like 1960 Chevy Sedan was certainly one of the most adventurous restorations from the Counting Cars team. The car was also one of the biggest jobs that the team had ever had to take and has gone down in history as a huge challenge. The final product included a 396 small block Chevrolet engine, FAST Fuel injection, power disc front brakes, power steering, air conditioning and a custom paint job that detailed a white overcoat and a neon pink combo. Yes, the car is most definitely eye-catching and certainly one of a kind.
2 1968 Shelby GT500 Fastback (Fast N' Loud)
The Shelby Mustang is a high-performance vehicle similar to that of the Ford Mustang and has spanned a fair few generations in its time. The car initially sold between 1965 to 1970, with a fifth generation released in 2005.
The Shelby GT500 Fastback was released in 1967 and immediately went down in history as a classic vehicle.
The crew at Gas Monkey Garage were ecstatic with their find and went about restoring every single detail. The car is so special that it now sits in the garage of Richard Rawlings himself, who apparently refers to it as one of his best restorations.
1 1979 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 (Counting Cars)
Definitely one of the most eye-catching of the Counting Cars back catalog the 1979 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 was featured in the second ever episode and is now regarded as a classic. The Camaro was in production between 1966 and 2002 and is highly popular among car enthusiasts, therefore the team at Counting Cars were most certainly excited when they saw what they had to do. The 1979 model was given top dollar treatment with regards to engineering and was also given a snazzy paint job just to make it that little bit better. Seriously, it really is one of a kind.
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