The last decade has been enormous for reality television shows that featured automotive fabricators, and for the most part, the shows have been immensely popular. Although the trend started with Monster Garage back in 2001, it has since gone on to feature shows such as Pimp My Ride, Unique Whips, and more recently the hit TV shows Counting Cars and Fast N’ Loud. Both shows feature entrepreneurs who took their love for cars to the next level, and their vehicles are being featured all throughout the custom car scene which is a real testament to their work. This longevity has contributed to massive success for both TV shows, and with the audiences ever growing, both shows seem poised to be on television for the foreseeable future.
Danny Koker of Counting Cars got his rise to fame on the hit Las Vegas TV show Pawn Stars, in which he was the resident car appraiser for Rick. Danny Koker has a warming personality and a unique style that makes the show inviting and easy to watch, and the cars that he builds are genuinely pretty cool to look at as well.
This successful mix of chemistry has made Counting Cars a popular TV show among millennial audiences, and Richard Rawlings has done the same with his TV show Fast N’ Loud.
Both of which have become pinnacles of the custom car scene and we are going to take a look at some of the wildest and most cool rides that have been featured on the two competing TV shows.
There have been quite a few unique vehicles to come across the TV screen on Fast N’ Loud, but one of the most notable vehicles was the real life Mystery Machine! This one of a kind vehicle is pretty much one of the closest replicas to the actual Mystery Machine that has been built, and they did a pretty good job of replicating the interior as well.
Richard is a die-hard Scooby-Doo fan so naturally, this is a real treat and will be one of the showstoppers at the Barrett Jackson auction.
There is no doubt that if you are a fan of Fast N’ Loud, you have seen Richard Rawlings love for Cadillacs, and this 1956 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz is a perfect example of that. This car has been restored to factory specifications in every aspect, even down to the original color scheme and this thing is one of the most beautiful cars to come out of the Gas Monkey Garage so naturally, the team is quite proud of it.
We think that this was one of the better cars to come out of the team, and we look forward to seeing it at Barrett Jackson.
Perhaps one of the most notable traits about Richard Rawlings is the fact that he actually knows the classic car market pretty well, so much so in fact that he can spot some of the rarest cars out from anywhere.
Take this Split Window ’63 Corvette, for example, a car that is so rare that it holds the title as one of the most expensive Corvette models that you can buy. With this stunning red paint job, this is a stand out vehicle in every aspect, not to mention the fact that the vehicle is also quite rare, to say the least.
Long before the modern sedans that we see nowadays, the 1955 Bel Air was the family sedan of choice in the automotive industry. Richard Rawlings is a car guy and he knows what certain vehicles are worth so it should come as no surprise that he decided to restore this mint condition 1955 example.
This 1955 Bel Air has a fully restored motor which gives the car a modern twist, and this why we are so impressed with how the Bel Air came out.
When it comes to classic Jeep models there are quite a few that have been exploding in popularity, which is probably why Richard and the team decided to flip this one of a kind 1981 custom Jeep CJ7.
The first thing that you’ll notice about this particular Jeep model is the one of a kind paint job that the team used, which is very uniform with the overall style of the Jeep. Then you have a factory original engine, which is one of the most important aspects when it comes to buying a restored original Jeep.
Obviously, there are quite a few successful Discovery Channel shows that have been airing since the debut of Fast N’ Loud, and one of those shows is Diesel Brothers. Taking a page out of the very unique the 1969 Chevrolet C10- Diesel Brothers Edition is a pretty extreme example of a truck that you would never know was powered by a Diesel engine by first looking at it.
The paint job on this particular C 10 is pretty cool as well, offering a unique look into just what type of trucks the two teams can come up with together.
During the new millennium, the automotive market has become more and more advanced with technology pushing the limits of what the modern car can accomplish. The 2009 Ford Lamborghini Tractorri Custom Coupe is a mix of a Lamborghini and a Ford Mustang love child that is far above what you would expect.
This is also one of the most expensive SEMA cars to come across the state, which has a whopping tag price of $700,000.00. This car was more than just an endeavor, it was a chance to push the envelope in terms of design.
Here's the thing that we like about Richard Rawlings, he doesn’t chain himself down to one specific type of car or trend. Thus, you’ll find a wide range of interesting cars from exotics to the commonplace muscle cars in his collection.
The 1956 Ferrari 290 MM by Scaglietti is an example of that, as it's one of the rarest Ferrari models on the road. This particular model was fully restored to factory specifications, which makes the car a notable collector's item, to say the least, while also giving viewers an inside look at the process of restoring one of these.
Another vehicle that features a notable amount of history is the 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1, which is no surprise that this car is being featured in Richard Rawlings collection.
Because the Mach 1 is unlike most ordinary Mustang models, which is half of the reason that the model is worth so much money nowadays. The 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1, in particular, is one of the rarest and actually fastest production Mustang models for its year, and this has made these classic Mustang models explode in value.
Perhaps what we have right here is the car that just doesn’t get enough love for being in the muscle car race, and that is the 1966 Chevrolet Nova II SS. You’ve probably seen these vehicles at some point in time as they have been increasing in value, and the Nova actually holds a special place in the hearts of gear heads because it was a bit of an understated muscle car.
The 1966 Chevrolet Nova II SS that has been restored above is a beautiful example of originality, and you’d be hard pressed to find one in this exceptional condition.
Another vehicle that you’d be hard pressed to avoid would be the 1931 Cadillac Series 355, and why you might wonder? Well, this was the first big engine Cadillac that really defined domestic luxury.
The 1931 Cadillac Series 355 is the car that all modern luxury cars have aspired to be, even the foreign ones. The team at Fast N’ Loud really did an amazing job of restoring this vehicle back to its original beauty. Not to mention, this is one fast Cadillac too.
The Barracuda is pretty much the pinnacle of the muscle car era, and if you have ever had the pleasure of driving one then you’ll know why. This particular 1970 Hemi Cuda is a prime example of a restoration that was done right, and Richard Rawling spared no expense when it came to doing this particular restoration.
The 1970 Hemi Cuda is a memorable muscle car, to say the least, and one that showed the world that Chrysler was hanging with the big boys when it came to the muscle car race.
Buick has long been one of the most influential automakers in the 21st century, and as such their vehicles have been a true testament to power and luxury. The 1957 Buick Super Convertible was a step above the average Buick model, to say the least, with a one of a kind styling and a big powerful motor that gave the car a serious amount of push.
Factored in with the one of a kind styling cues and the luxurious interior, this is one restoration that the Fast N’ Loud crew took a good deal of pride in.
What we have right here is the birth of an icon, the original El Camino that set the bar for every other model like it that would come later on. The 1959 Chevy El Camino is a combination of style and performance that makes for one of the most historic vehicles to ever come out of Detroit, and this restoration is one that the Gas Monkey team really put some effort into.
The 1959 Chevy El Camino, in particular, is one of the most noteworthy, and a collectible piece of automotive history.
When it comes to one of the most classic pickup trucks in the industry, the 1950 Chevy 3100 is a winning combination of power and style, and this made the Fast N’ Loud crew particularly dedicated to doing a full restoration.
This 1950 Chevy 3100 has a fully restored engine which gives the truck some serious horsepower, to say the least, and the custom paint job really shines and gives the truck a rather unique look without taking away from the value.
Classic car restorations don’t always have to focus on just one specific type of classic vehicle, there are also restorations of cars that were based on TV vehicles. The 1978 Lincoln Batmobile Replica is a true to life version of one of the most popular TV show vehicles to ever hit the road, and everything about the car is a special production.
Richard Rawlings took great stakes to make sure that every inch of the car was perfect, and nothing was spared when it came to making the unique car a reality.
This original 1957 Chevy Bel Air was designed and fabricated for Rick Harrelson of the famous Las Vegas Pawn Stars TV Show, who also happens to be best friends with Danny Koker.
This original vehicle was a frame-off restoration that took the car from a rust bucket back to a factory beauty that looks like it has never missed a beat. The black paint job is also one of Danny Koker’s signature choices, which looks great on this classic example of a beautiful domestic sedan.
Danny Koker is known for doing a good amount of custom cars, and his style can be called anything but reserved. The Forty-One is a classic 2-door that takes a high-end pinstripe paint job and a white top, which together combines with the white paint job to make one of a kind classic car like no other.
The Forty-One is also one of the few cars that Koker has managed to keep in his collection by offering it for sale, and the car is a truly stand out vehicle that looks great.
Danny Koker is a notable rock musician in addition to being a vehicle fabricator, and naturally, with being a rock star, there is a penchant for the legendary Hearse. This particular model was designed from the ground up, and the first thing that you’ll notice is the supercharged engine that is sticking out of the top of the engine.
The Hearse is a one of a kind vehicle with an all-red interior and a notable set of custom wheels which gives the car a fast look.
When it comes to custom cars one of the overlooked areas is often the pickup truck, and Danny Koker is aware of this so he has designed many beautiful pickup truck restorations.
This two-tone Ford 100 is one of the most stylish vehicles to roll out of the Count's Kustoms garage, and of course, the truck has the notable Danny Koker features to it. Take the chrome rally wheels for example, as well as the fully restored interior which gives the truck a nice modern look that you can feel comfortable in.
Danny Koker is a notable Mopar gearhead, and he specializes in creating some pretty cool Mopar vehicles. This Dodge Charger is a pure example of a time when Dodge was doing things right in the muscle car world, with a completely original restoration that is hard to believe in terms of quality.
The purple paint job is second to none in terms of originality, and the entire car has been designed to look like it just rolled off of the showroom floor. We have to applaud Danny Koker for making this dream car a reality.
Although Danny Koker is a certified Mopar gearhead, he still designs some pretty radical Chevy’s as well, and this custom Chevy Shortbed is a prime example of that.
From the fireball orange paint job to the blacked out grill and rims, this slammed truck is a pure example of what a domestic truck should look like coming out of a hot rod shop. The engine has also been completely gone through from its factory configuration, and we can tell you that there is a lot of chrome all around here.
In addition to many of the other cool cars that Danny Koker has designed, this El Camino is perhaps one of the most unassuming and original. With a flaming orange paint job this eighties generation, El Camino is a pretty cool example of what a modern restoration should look like.
With a fully restored engine and a brand new interior, this El Camino is a far cry from its original self, and this is a great thing. Not to mention the pretty nice set of chrome that's sitting on this car, which gives it an aggressive look.
When it comes to originality at its best this Camaro is a true example in every sense of the word. With a flame riddled paint job that is good enough to be on any Hot Wheels, and a bored out engine that really gives this Camaro an attitude of its own.
The paint job is in line with the signature Counting Cars style, which has given this Camaro an original look that is a lot different than the other vehicles that are currently on the restoration market.
Perhaps one of the most popular cars that have been seen on the TV show, this GTO is one of a kind example of what a classic restoration should be. We take a look at the original paint job and we can see Danny Koker's touch all over the vehicle, not to mention the one of a kind interior that was redesigned from scratch.
The GTO is one of the most original and well-known muscle cars to have ever hit the roads, and we like everything about this model that Danny Koker restored.
Sources: Hot Rod & Counting Cars