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Billy Gibbons' Cadzilla Steering Wheel
Customized steering wheel
1937 Buick steering wheel recast in original ivory 1939 Delage steering wheel
Billy Gibbons' Slampala Steering Wheel
Customized early Chevy Impala steering wheel
The Slampala is a '62 Chevy Impala with custom oversized dash switches, an airbag suspension — and affectionately referred to as his "Anonymobile." ...From the driver's seat, you'll see a custom-molded steering wheel with matching, oversized dash switches, made by J.B. Donaldson using a technique developed for that famous "kustom," the Hirohata Merc.
Billy Gibbons' Slampala
The ZZ Top guitarist's daily driver
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If you were a rock star, what kind of car would you drive? Anyone you want! And that's exactly the choice of Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, "that little ol' band from Texas." Seen in his music videos and magazine features, Gibbons' cars and motorcycles are very well known — Cadzzilla, Kopperhed, Eliminator, Hogzilla, Pearl Necklace and so on. Of course, most of these street rods and custom bikes are so extreme they're only for display. So, what are his daily drivers? Good question, because even though they're a bit more practical, don't expect the ordinary.
Take his "Slampala," for instance. From the outside it looks like a clean '62 with a stock Chevy V-8 underhood. "It's kinda my Anonymobile," Gibbons chuckles. (Though it's hard to imagine him not getting noticed whatever he drives.) From the driver's seat, you'll see a custom-molded steering wheel with matching, oversized dash switches, made by J.B. Donaldson using a technique developed for that famous "kustom," the Hirohata Merc.
Gibbons came across Slampala during a late-night road trip across a remote region of Canada. He wandered into a truck stop at 2:00 a.m., and began thumbing through an Auto Trader. A photo of a lowered Impala caught his eye, and also the text, which read, "Must sell for hot rod project." He liked the sound of that, and after talking with the young owner, who was wide-eyed with awe at meeting one of his music idols, Billy gave him some tickets to a show after shaking hands on a fair sum for the car.
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