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Perhaps the World’s Most Famous Hot Rod, Norm Grabowski’s Kookie T Started the T-bucket Craze

Posted April 10, 2018 9:00 AM by dstrohl

Dual superchargers. Dual headlamps. Dual slicks. The car that Jim Street showed for a few years and then hid away for decades seemed to have dual everything, including dual lives as a show car that toured the country and, prior to that, as the so-called Kookie T, the car that made Norm Grabowski famous and that kickstarted the T-bucket movement.

The first much of the world saw of the Kookie T took place in April 1957 when it took up a full page of an edition of LIFE magazine dedicated to hot rodding, shot under the lights at the Bob’s Big Boy in Toluca Lake, near Hollywood, with Grabowski at the wheel stuffing a burger in his mouth. Until that point, hot rodding had been a rather serious affair, with cars built for either speed or style – rarely for fun – but here was a cartoonishly proportioned amalgam of parts with a guy who seemed to take nothing at all seriously behind the wheel.

The Kookie T is back in the public eye and set for a public auction. How much for this "most famous" hot rod?

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Perhaps the World’s Most Famous Hot Rod, Norm Grabowski’s Kookie T Started the T

04/10/2018 10:10 AM

This is still my favorite.

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