Boyd Coddington is one of the world’s legendary hot rod designers and builders, however his passing in 2008 means we’ll never get to enjoy a new Coddington creation again. Thankfully he left us with countless special cars, and his last-ever build, dubbed ‘The French Connection’, is one of the most special of all.
Built around an incredible 12.8-liter 60 degree HEMI V12, the French Connection is outlandish – even by Coddington’s standards. The monstrous powerplant, which produces an estimated 850 horsepower and 1,000 lb-ft of torque, was built by Italian marine engine Botta Puricelli Milano and is just one of 25 ever built. The motor was originally produced in order to adhere to a 13-liter engine displacement limit set by a European offshore boat racing league, but after the displacement maximum was lowered, it went out of production.
The body is equally as special as the engine, if not more so. It was hand-formed by Detroit customizing legend Marcel Delay and his sons and was inspired by a new vision for Hot Rods Coddington had cooked up that entailed creating more larger, full-fender cars. The body also rides on a one-off Art Morrison chassis, so you can be sure there’s no parts recycling or sharing when it comes to The French Connection.
Both Coddington and Delay have now passed, and the engine that powers The French Connection has gone out of production. It’s simply impossible to replicate, which is sure to drive up the value when it goes under the gavel Barrett Jackson Scottsdale next month. The auction house hasn’t placed an estimated value on the hot rod, but you can always inquire about the car yourself through the listing.