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John Bonham’s “Andy’s Instant T” rod at home in England



If you still have your VHS copy of “The Song Remains the Same” then you are definitely familiar with the car in the following photos.

A man named Will, from England, reports that he lives right down the street from where one of John Bonham’s former cars underwent some updating last year. Will saw this earlier post and sent over a couple shots of the C-Cab Ford Model T-based hotrod that still displays its original name: “Andy’s Instant T.”

Built in the early 1970s by Andy Brizio in San Francisco, California, and later shipped to the United Kingdom by the late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, this particular “Andy’s Instant T” car was left sitting for quite some time. The current owner purchased the car from Bonham’s family after his death with the understanding that the car not be old in the future. Although the paint and bodywork remained in very good condition, the motor needed major attention and the Dougsport shop in Stourbridge, England was chosen to handle the task. (From what I’ve been reading, there are other Ts built by Brizio that fit into the category of being one of the Instant T type of T buckets.) Though the T now runs a type of supercharger that wasn’t originally included when Brizio built the car, the rest of the ride remains as when Bonham owned the custom C-Cab Model T.


The iconic Zeppelin drummer reportedly bought the car around 1974. By this time, master automotive painter Art Himsl had already applied the custom ribbon paintwork and accompanying “Andy’s” lettering. These days, the newly revived Chevy V8 resides up front while a few old Zeppelin tour posters and a pack of cigarettes can still be found in the back. Even though we’re not sure exactly when Bonham first got to park “Andy’s Instant T” in his own garage, it can now be said that after an engine rebuild at Dougsport, (which normally builds racing engines) the T runs just as well, if not better, than when it was last seen with Bonham at the controls.



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For Sale: C-Cab Ford Model T-Based Andys Instant T Hot Rod
Built in the early 1970s by Andy Brizio in San Francisco,California and later shipped to the UK by the late John Bonham
The 5.7 Chevy Small Block & Supercharger were completely rebuilt in 2006 whilst under the current ownership & the car has been kept in its climate controlled environment ever since.
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