The Detroit Autorama may be best known for its Ridler Award.

We showed you this year’s Ridler winner, Billy Thomas’ 1939 Oldsmobile, and the entire group of Great 8 finalists for the award. These incredible customs were worthy of every bit of attention they got, but they were only the tip of the proverbial iceberg in a sea of hot rods and horsepower. As you’d expect from a show in the Motor City, the Detroit Autorama offered a little something for everyone.

In this first of four full galleries from Detroit, we’ve assembled some of the best rat rods and customs at the show. If you prefer rust and patina to billet and polish, you need to check it out:

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Author: David Fuller

David Fuller is OnAllCylinders' managing editor. During his 20-year career in the auto industry, he has covered a variety of races, shows, and industry events and has authored articles for multiple magazines. He has also partnered with mainstream and trade publications on a wide range of editorial projects. In 2012, he helped establish OnAllCylinders, where he enjoys covering all facets of hot rodding and racing.