division of Spitzer Enterprises that specializes in building
Street Rods, Pro Touring machines and Resto-Mod cars
is called Spitzer Concepts. And it has the capabilities
to bring concepts to completion.
of these projects start with an idea that is nurtured
and evolves into a 4-wheeled manifestation of a dream.
case in point is the “Road Rattler” 1969
Plymouth Road Runner owned by Jim Mitchell. When Jim
first got the car his goals were fairly simple. But he
got to thinking “what if?” and the rest,
they say, is history —that’s been captured
in the pages of Hot Rod magazine and showcased at the
prestigious SEMA Show in Las Vegas.
and Jim collaborated on what the Plymouth’s ultimate “look” and
performance parameters would be, and the build team at
Spitzer Concepts set about making it happen. Noted illustrator
Eric Brockmeyer created a set of renderings that became
a cornerstone of the project. But the real work was in
designing and building everything underneath the sleek
body. This included extensive computer modeling of the
chassis and independent front and rear suspension to
develop optimum handling, with a full roll cage designed
to provide chassis reinforcement and added safety.
time, the “Road Rattler” took shape, with
custom carbon fiber body and interior panels coming out
of the Spitzer Composites shop, a plethora of CNC machined
billet aluminum trim parts designed to replace factory
creation of the “Road Ratter” was a monumental
project that took several years to complete. But it’s
a good example of what can happen when an enthusiast
like Jim Mitchell says “Go for it!
example is the “Indy Boat-Tail” roadster
that was featured in Street Rodder magazine. It started
life as a Thom Taylor illustration, underwent extensive
computer design and engineering, and came to life with
a unique body that was built in the Spitzer Composites
car was totally created in-house, from the suspension
to the paint job. It’s a Goodguys award-winner
that’s also been displayed at the SEMA Show.
Concepts currently has a half-dozen projects in the works,
including a Pro Touring style 1950 Chevy, a couple of
Tri-5 Chevys, a radical tube-chassied 1938 Ford pickup
with independent suspension, a Rambler station wagon
and a “T” track roadster. From “mild
to wild” aptly describes the range of vehicles.
the Spitzer facilities are quite impressive, you won’t
find any reality TV crews filming guys covered with tattoos
throwing tantrums. The build team is a hard-working,
conscientious group of dedicated craftsmen who enjoy
their work. Moreover,
they work hand-in-hand with Spitzer’s race car
shop, where cutting edge engineering, performance and
safety are of paramount importance.
be sure, the team at Spitzer Concepts is eminently qualified
to bring your concepts to completion!