Once I met a Duesenberg collector who owned the very best Duesenberg Model J Derham Tourster there was. Only a handful of those custom-bodied cars existed and his was the most desired. When I asked him the color of his million-dollar masterpiece, he said that it was “Envy Green.” I got the message. I saw another Envy Green vehicle last week at the Hot Rod & Restoration Show (www.hotrodshow.com). This time it was a truck, but it was still Envy Green.
Hot Rod Chassis & Cycle (www.hotrodchassisandcycle.com) of Addison, Ill., built the pickup. Well, actually Ford Motor Co. built it back in 1940. Then, customizers Kevin Tully and Chad Hill turned it into an Envy Green hot rod called “Kosmic Outcast.” After being chopped five inches and sectioned six inches, the truck started to take on its own personality thanks to parts donations from a fleet of different cars and trucks made by Ford, the General and Mopar.
Kosmic Outcast has a custom ’53 Ford grille, ’60 Pontiac rear quarter panels, a ’34 Chevy truck cowl, a ’60 Valiant tailgate and a ’57 Oldsmobile dashboard. The roof is made from a ’57 Chevy hood skin and under it is about the wildest silver gray rolled and pleated vinyl interior you ever saw.
Power for the pickup comes from an Oldsmobile 371-cid Rocket V-8 mated to a TKO600 transmission. The third member 9is a Hot Rod Chassis & Cycle 9-in. axle supported by a custom four-link suspension with a wishbone arrangement. The wheels are Radir Bullet spokes with 10 x 15 in. Radir slicks at the rear and Corky Coker’s 5.60 x 15 Firestones up front. There’s also a four-inch dropped front axle with hairpins. All tires are gangster whitewalls.
Kosmic Outcast represents a modern day spin on late-1950s/early-‘60s hot rod trends like tube grilles with drawer-pull inserts, Imperial tailfins and freestanding Imperial headlights. The sparkling body color—which we’re considering to be in the Envy Green “family,” whatever it’s actually called—makes anyone who sees the truck wish that they owned it.