Imagine buying a brand-new C5 Corvette, pulling the body off of it and replacing it with the body of a foreshortened 1965 Chevy Impala. That’s just another day at the office for Chip Foose, the Art Center grad behind Foose Design.
Foose Design creates one-of-a-kind restorations, transplants, automotive mash-ups and wholly original cars that have won piles of auto show awards and attracted industry attention; one of his Art Center projects, the Hemisfear, would later go on to inspire the Plymouth Prowler. At any given moment his Southern California shop is filled with custom creations side-by-side with pieces of auto design history, primarily American, that are about to have new life breathed into them.
Here we get a look inside the hot rod god’s shop, shot by Collision Hub TV. (Check out the suh-weet ’56 Ford pickup that Foose’s son will eventually inherit.) There’s some fluff in the beginning of the video, and the shop stuff starts in earnest around 1:43 with the aforementioned Impala/Corvette:
You can see the project pages for Foose’s completed builds here.