A lot of folks visit this site who are not 'designers' per se. Ya never know who yer talkin' to. No offence meant. Hey, I wouldn't buy this stuff to put in my living room (granted there are
those who would), but I might find it amusing to have something in my garage, or down in the basement. As a design 'professional' you have to allow yourself to have some fun with 'design', or what's the point?
The 'hot rod' clan in the US is vast, especially here on the Left Coast. If you offer anything, even remotely, 'rod' oriented you are going to sell it. And it has nothing to do with aestetics ... baby strollers that look like little hotrods, faux fuel pumps, front-clip sofas, tin 'gasoline company' signage, replica oil bottles, kid's bedroom furniture (ya gotta start 'em early) you name it. It's an industry unto itself.
There used to be a grill here in town that featured an 'automotive' theme with similarly styled furniture; a local upholstery shop built them. People were always asking where they could buy duplicate pieces.
These pieces weren't made by them, but you can see that there is a demand for it.
And my favorite - a replacement toilet handle....
An as yet untapped market is the pick-up truck set ... talk about a tailgate party; a sofa made out of the rear end of a Chevy/Ford/Dodge pickup truck, complete with drop down tailgate ... . .. hmmmmm.