Chip Foose (born Oct. 13, 1963) is an American automobile designer who is best known for hosting the show, Overhaulin’.

Growing up around his father’s company, Product Design, he started working on cars at an early age of seven.

By age 12, he was already experienced with cars and painted his first car, a Porsche 356.

Encouraged by Ford designer, Alex Tremulis, he attended Art Center College of Design in 1982 but dropped out due to financial difficulties.

Afterward, he worked at Clenet Coachworks for four years and then went on to graduate with honors in 1990.

In the early 90s, he worked as an automotive designer at Stehrenberger Design, where he also worked on creating illustrations and conceptual models.

He also worked at Baker Sportonics as chief designer and fabricator of electric vehicles used in NFL and MLB.

He, along with his father, built street rods and show cars for films like RoboCop, Blade Runner and Gone in 60 Seconds.

Afterward, he became the President of Boyd Coddington’s company, Hot Rod by Boyd, where he built famous cars like Boydster I and II.

In 1997, he became the youngest person to be inducted into Hot Rod Hall of Fame.

In 1998, after Hot Rods by Boyd went bankrupt, he started his own automotive company, Foose Design with his wife, Lynne Foose.

His design and creation of a modified 2002 Ford Thunderbird called Speedbird gained him high exposure in 2003.

In 2004, Overhaulin’ started to air on TLC with Foose as the main cast. 

The series regularly ran for five seasons from 2004 to 2008, and after a four-year hiatus, seasons 6 to 9 were aired on Velocity.

From 2010 to 2011, he hosted the documentary series, American Icon: The Hot Rod on Discovery’s HD Theater.

In 2006, partnering with Johnny Lightning’s creators, he launched a line of diecast replicas of many of his popular designs.

He is a 7-time Most Beautiful Roadster Award winner and 2009 Diecast Hall of Fame inductee.

At present, Foose continues to operate Foose Design and provide design consultation to the Big Three automakers.

As of February 2018, he has accumulated a net worth of $18.5 million.

Like his award-winning career, he also lives a happy family life with his wife and two kids, Katie Foose and Brock Foose.