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When Charley was just 24, the late Boyd Coddington saw a 1933 3-window coupe that he had done and contacted Charley about doing some work for him. That first project led to working for Boyd for the next six years, working on many of Boyd’s signature cars. During this time he also appeared as Boyd’s Body Shop Supervisor on the Discovery Channel’s American Hot Rod. Charley left Boyd’s in 2004 when given an opportunity to join legendary hot rod designer and builder Chip Foose and his team at Foose Design.
Foose Design gave Charley the experience of his first Ridler car, the 1936 Ford “Impression”. Charley later had the opportunity to work with one of the premier shops in the industry, Rad Rides by Troy, where he joined Troy and his gang to work on the 1936 Ford “First Love”, the 2007 Ridler winner. Charley has also been blessed to work with many other premier shops in the industry including; The Roadster Shop, Greening Auto Company, Miranda Built, Customs & Hot Rods of Andice, and CAL Automotive Creations. Some of their recent project collaborations include the 2013 Ridler winner the 1940 Ford “Checkered Past”, and the 1967 Miranda Nova recipient of the 2014 Detroit AutoRama Ridler Great 8 and 2014 Good Guys Street Machine of the Year.
Charley and his wife Teri built and opened Charley Hutton’s Color Studio in 2009 in Nampa, Idaho. Though many typically think of “painter” when they hear Charley Hutton’s name, custom car and full restoration projects are the norm for Charley and his crew. Expect to see more next generation super rods emerging from Charley Hutton’s Color Studio as Charley’s artistic talents continue to make their mark on the industry.