While some folks in street rodding like to build cars that can haul the family (plus an ice chest, a change of clothes, an umbrella for the wife, and a collapsible tent to sit under), there are others who prefer a more solitary route.

Like their Harley-Davidson brethren, these lone wolfs would rather just be at one with the road in a vehicle that is as low-buck and as basic as you can get; no top, fenders, air conditioning, stereo, or anything larger than a glovebox or door pocket for storage.

It's been said you can discover the difference between a street rod and a hot rod by what is carried in its trunk. If it's a fold-up chair, it's a street rod, and if it's a toolbox, then it's a hot rod.

But that doesn't mean hot rods can't be nice looking or safe to drive, and a modified falls into this category. Typically made from a '27 Ford roadster (though the '23 bucket and '28 phaeton body styles work too), the vehicle looks like it was designed for dry lakes or dirt oval racing but it can easily be driven on city streets too. Although they weren't always called as such, modifieds (or lakes modifieds when they were built with a dual purpose) have been a favorite of racers and rodders since the '40s and, as long as there are folks out there who want just a plain and simple driver, these hot rods will always be in vogue.