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Boyd Coddington, car-building maestro, passes away

February 29, 2008 |  4:45 pm

More sad news: Boyd Coddington, whose amazing autos earned him the title "The Stradivarius of car-building," died Wednesday of complications after a recent surgery.

Here's the "Fire Roadster," which Coddington fabricated for Michael Anthony, the bassist for Van Halen. It was designed by Brad Fanshaw, who also created that purple guitar stuck to the car's side.

Remembrances of Boyd Coddington at Edmunds blog. A collection of his cars at the Petersen Automotive Museum.

--Veronique de Turenne

Details of the Southern California icon's remarkable life from Dennis McLellan.

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--Photo - Scott Williamson

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