Street Rod (video game)

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Street Rod
Developer(s) P.Z.Karen Co. Development Group
Logical Design Works
Publisher(s) California Dreams
Platform(s) Amiga, Commodore 64, DOS
Release date(s) 1989
Genre(s) Racing
Mode(s) Single player
Distribution Floppy disk

Street Rod is a racing video game developed by P.Z.Karen Co. Development Group and Logical Design Works, based on an original concept by Magic Partners and published by California Dreams for Amiga, Commodore 64 and DOS. Street Rod exclusively featured American Muscle Cars, specifically those from GM, Ford, and Chrysler. In December 2012 MK Consultancy from The Netherlands acquired copyright ownership of Street Rod.


Street Rod was released in 1989 and takes place in the year 1963. Equipped with a garage and a small amount of cash ($750), you buy a used car from the classifieds in a newspaper and embark on a journey to rise through the ranks by winning races against other racers. Using money you earn through races you can modify your car and eventually winning enough races earns you the right to challenge The King for his position.


The player starts off on the garage, where cars and parts may be purchased from the newspaper. New parts that are purchased must be installed by the player by entering the hood of or going under the car and then removing a series of screws to remove parts of the engine and transmission. Then, these parts must be re-installed in order and the bolts replaced, otherwise the car will be undrivable. To install tires, the car must be jacked up. While racing, the car will eventually run out of fuel, which the player must obtain from the gas station.

The player will proceed from the garage to the local diner in order to find some competition to race. Races take place on either a dragstrip (drag race option) or an open country road. Wagers on the drag races can be set from "Just for kicks!" (no wager) to $10 and $50. On the road race wagers can be set from $25 to $100 and "pink slips" (the winner receives the loser's car). When the race starts, the player must wait for a signal to be given to go or else they forfeit the race.

If the player's car doesn't have an automatic transmission, they can either "drop their transmission" during the race if they keep accelerator pressed while shifting gears, or blow the engine if the tachometer dial is in the red zone for too much. In either case, the player would lose the bet they made and would be transported back to the garage, where they have to get new parts for their car.

If the player crashes their car during the race, they can get the car fixed for a fee, or have it scrapped and receive the scrap value. However, if they get involved in a serious crash or the car has already been repaired several times before, they are only able to receive the car's scrap value. During the road race the player would occasionally also get chased by police. If the player attempts to evade the police and keeps speeding, they will be fined $75 if caught. If the player slows down, they will be fined $20. Either instance results in the race being forfeited. If the player can't afford to pay the fine, they will be sent to prison.

If the player doesn't have a car and their amount of money is not enough to buy the cheapest car, the game is over.

The challenge is to beat The King in a road race. If you win, you get the King's car and girlfriend, and you become the new King.


The King drives a 1963 Corvette.

From newspaper can be purchased: General Motors cars:

GM cars can be fitted with 283 ci engine for $350 or a 327 ci engine for $500.

Ford cars:

Ford cars can be fitted with 292 ci engine for $340 or a 351 ci (anachronistic) engine for $475.

Chrysler cars:

Chrysler cars can be fitted with 285 ci engine for $360 or a 340 ci (anachronistic) engine for $525.

Street Rod Data Disk[edit]

Street Rod featured a rare Car Data Disk for DOS only, which replaces all the cars in the game. It had been completely forgotten for 25 years, until it was released for download by Street Rod's copyright owner, MK Consultancy in July 2014.[1]

The cars featured are:

GM cars:

Ford cars:

Chrysler cars:


Computer Gaming World stated that "the designers of Street Rod have a lot to be proud of ... this game can be recommended for lovers of this era of Americana".[2]


Street Rod 2 was released in 1990 and takes place in the year 1969.


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  2. ^ Wilson, David M. (November 1990). "How I Spent My Summer Vacation / California Dreams' Street Rod". Computer Gaming World. p. 59. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 

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