3rd Kind Customz   14522 Auto Park Way C Houston,TX77083   (281) 495-1352
3rd Kind Customz
14522 Auto Park Way C
HoustonTX 77083
 (281) 495-1352

The History of Auto Customization

The History of Auto Customization

Think vehicle customization is a new trend? Think again — vehicle customization is a strong American tradition that dates back to the time of the prohibition. In fact, auto customization has changed and evolved with the history of America, and it has a unique past that many aren't aware of. This history has impacted how vehicles are often customized and which customizations are still the most common.

The Beginnings of Automobile Customization

Believe it or not, automobile customization began with the prohibition. During the prohibition, moonshiners often had to move large volumes of alcohol through the country, and they also had to avoid looking suspicious to the police. To do this, they started customizing their vehicles. Vehicles had to be fast and strong; they had to be able to carry large volumes of alcohol and also be able to drive aggressively and accelerate to high speeds.  

The Prohibition and Modern Racing

Modern racing arose out of the prohibition's need to drive both quickly and for long distances. In the 1920s and 1930s, bootleggers would take their cars and sometimes drive upwards of 120 MPH during the night in order to evade police and deliver their goods. This created a need for progressively faster vehicles, which in turn began to fuel customer interest. By the end of the prohibition, illegal and informal racing had become quite popular. Groups such as NASCAR were developed as a way to combine and control events, bringing legitimacy to an already growing sport.

Believe it or not, automobile customization began with the prohibition. During the prohibition, moonshiners often had to move large volumes of alcohol through the country, and they also had to avoid looking suspicious to the police. To do this, they started customizing their vehicles.

The Birth of the Muscle Car

Muscle cars were introduced first in 1949. At this stage, the prohibition had been gone for some time and it was no longer as profitable as it once was. Moonshiners now had to be more efficient than they were before; they weren't just looking for raw speed when transporting their goods. Though the prohibition was over, there were still many dry counties (there still are), and there was still a profitable moonshine trade they just had to work a little harder for it. Powerful cars were looked for instead: cars that were going to be strong, fast, and efficient, and that were going to be reliable throughout their hauls. 

Faster, stronger, and more efficient. It's easy to see the many ways that bootlegging and the prohibition were able to influence the types of customization that we do on cars today. Many car customizations were born out of necessity, in an exciting era during which America was just exploring the potential that its cars had. Though the prohibition is over, these traditions are not.  If you're interested in honoring the American tradition of vehicle customization, contact us today for a free, no obligation consultation.