1950s

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Jim Hill's 1921 Dodge truck of Vallejo, California. Jim was a member of the North Bay Rodsters, and the build was completed in 1951. In 1952 Jim won first prize for originality with the truck at the Oakland Roadster Show.
Larry Neves' 1924 Ford Model T Roadster of Oakland, California. In 1950 Larry's roadster came second to Bill NieKamp's 1929 Ford roadster for the America's Most Beautiful Roadster award at the Oakland Roadster Show. Woody Lee bought the car shortly thereafter. He owned it for a little while before it ended up with Chuck Chenowth.
Terry Sweem's 1925 Ford Model T Roadster Pickup was built in the late 1950s.
Louis Banto and Jack Perre's 1927 Ford Model T Roadster of Los Angeles, California was completed around 1951/1952.
Louis Banto and Sal Macchia's 1927 Ford Model T Roadster of Los Angeles, California was completed around 1949/1950.
Paul Sylva's 1927 Ford Model T Roadster was first completed in 1952. This version was later painted and pinstriped by Von Dutch in 1955.
Buzz Pitzen's 1929 Ford Model A Roadster of Los Angeles, California. Buzz was a member of the Challengers of Los Angeles car club. The build was started around 1954, and completed in 1959. Shortly after it was completed, Buzz sold the roadster to Barons of Westchester member John Rasmussen of Westchester, California.
Carl Fleischmann's 1929 Ford Model A Roadster of Glendale, California was completed in 1953. The build took six years.
Jerry Woodward's 1929 Ford Model-A Roadster, "Thunder Road", of Utah was completed in 1957. The car was pinstriped by Tommy the Greek and it featured a mural on the glove box by Dean Jeffries. Jerry won the America's Most Beautiful Roadster award with the car at the 1957 National Roadster Show in Oakland.
Joe Brienza's 1929 Ford Model A Coupe of West Islip, New York was built in 1954.
The Outlaw was Ed Roth's first experience with fiberglass. The build was started in 1957, and it made it's debut two years later as the Excaliber at the 1959 Disneyland Car Club Day and Autocade.
The Cam Snappers of Newburyport's 1930 Ford Model A roadster was owned, built and raced by the Cam Snappers of newburyport car club of Newburyport, Massachusetts. The build was completed in 1954.
Dick Dean's 1931 Ford Model A Victoria
Al and Dave Tarkanyi's 1932 Ford 3-Window Coupe. Al and Dave were members of the Downriver Modified car club of Michigan.
Bert Mouron's 1932 Ford Roadster of San Marino, California. Bert bought and rebuilt Mac Schutt's 1932 Ford Roadster around 1951. Bert's version took two years to build, and the build was completed in 1953.
Bill Kelly's 1932 Ford 3-Window Coupe of Warminster, Pennsylvania. The first version of the coupe was built in 1948. As the car was fit with bigger and stronger engines during the 1950s, the appearance of the car remained almost the same. This show the car as it appeared in the 1950s.
Clifford Ambrose's 1932 Ford 5-Window Coupe of Santa Clara, California. Cliff was a member of the San Jose Igniters.
Conrad W. Jacobs' 1932 Ford 3-Window Coupe of Baltimore, Maryland was built around 1956-1958.
Danny Schwartz' 1932 Ford 5-Window coupe, of Campbell, California, as it appeared in 1959.
Gordy Kordowsky's 1932 Ford 5-Window Coupe as it appeared in 1958. Gordy was from White Bear Lake, Minnesota.
Jack Schleich's 1932 Ford 3-Window Coupe of Oceanside, New York was first built in 1957. This is how it appeared in 1958.
Johnny Bierfeldt's 1932 Ford Roadster, of Norwalk, California was a Long Beach Qualifiers car. It was painted by Bart Root and upholstered by Don Hudson.
Lew Wolff's 1932 Ford Roadster was built by Downriver Modified member Lew Wolff in the mid to late 1950s.
Per Røed's 1932 Ford Cabriolet as it appeared in 1958. Per's cabriolet was one of the first hot rods of Norway.
Bill Martin's 1933 Ford 5-Window Coupe, of White Bear Lake, Minnesota, as it appeared in 1957.
Monte Trone's 1933 Ford 3-Window Coupe was completed around 1951.
Gil Lippincott's 1934 Ford Tudor was restyled in 1950.
Joaquin Arnett's 1934 Ford 3-window coupe of San Diego, California was completed in 1951. Shortly after completing the build, Joaquin sold the coupe to Andy Granatelli
Joe Brienza's 1934 Ford Convertible of West Islip, New York was completed in 1958. The build took two years.
Walter Leeman's 1934 Ford 5-Window Coupe of East Los Angeles, California. Walt's coupe was completed in 1958.
Tore Tømmerås' 1935 Ford 5-Window Coupe was built in Oslo, Norway in the late 1950s and it is one of the first hot rods of Norway.
Bruce Rosengren's 1936 Ford Cabriolet as it looked after Bruce had fixed it up in 1956.
Joe Brienza's 1936 Ford 3-Window Coupe, of West Islip, New York, was restyled in 1956.
Rich Vachata's 1936 Ford Convertible of Berwyn, Illinois. Rich was a member of the Bearing Busters of Berwyn, and the other members in the club helped him build the car. The first version was completed in 1959. In 1960 fellow club member Dave Puhl gave the car a scallop paint job. This version of the car was named the Beach Comber.
Glenn Johnson's 1937 Ford Coupe of Las Vegas, Nevada. The build was started in 1947, and completed it in 1951.
Doug Osterman's 1937 Plymouth coupe of San Jose, California. Doug's coupe was completed in 1959 featuring body and paint work by Flyers Body Shop, custom upholstery by Kay Seat Covers and plenty of chrome by San Jose Plating.
Bob Brown's 1940 Ford Coupe of Pico, California sported a flame job done in organe, red and blacl. It was upholstered by John's Auto Top Shop of East Los Angeles
Dick Brooks' 1940 Ford Convertible, was originally restyled by Jean Sheppard of Seattle, Washington in 1952.
Paul McGill's 1940 Ford Convertible was restyled by Clusters of Grays Harbor member Paul McGill, of Aberdeen, Washington, in the early 1950s.
Nick Dunkavich's 1940 Hupmobile roadster of Meriden, Connecticut. Nick's Hupmobile was restyled in the early 1950s.
Mel Lehman's 1940 Mercury 4-Door Sedan as it appeared in 1954. Mel's sedan was restyled sometime before November 1954.
Harry Costa's 1941 Ford Convertible of San Francisco, California was restyled between 1953 and 1956. Harry, who was a member of the San Francisco Pacers, did most of the work on the car himself.
Joe Urritta's 1941 Ford was brought to Barris Kustoms in February of 1950. By July the same year, the completed build was featured in Motor Trend July 1950.
John Sak's Second 1941 Ford Convertible was restyled in Syracuse, New York in 1955.
Jack Telnack's 1941 Mercury Convertible of Detroit, Michigan. The build was started in 1954 and completed in 1955. After the build was completed, Jay moved to California, attending the Art Center Design School. He sold the car in California in the latter part of the 1950s. Jay went on to become head designer at Ford Motor Company where he is credited for the Taurus and the Sable.
Bud Unger's 1946 Ford Convertible, of Rockville, Maryland was restyled by Bud Unger of Unger Auto Body Company. The build was started in 1950 and completed in 1951.
Bob Hoshiko's 1946 Mercury was restyled by Valley Custom Shop in the mid 1950s.
Jerry Berg's 1947 Mercury Convertible, this was the car that Jerry drove in high school in Seattle, Washington in 1954.
Tommy Thornburgh's 1947 Studebaker was restyled by Barris Kustoms for Kustoms of Los Angeles member Tommy Thornburgh. The build was completed around 1952 - 1953.
Arvi Hänninen's 1949 Checker Coupe was completed in 1956. Arvi's Checker is one of the first custom cars of Finland.
Carl Abajian's 1949 Chevrolet Convertible was first restyled in 1949 for Marcia Campbell. In 1950 Carl Abajian had Barris Kustoms re-paint it dark blue.
The Donz Lancer was built by Donz Custom Shop in Orlando in 1952.
Frank Livingston's 1949 Chevrolet Fleetline as it looked when he bought it in 1952.
Frank Livingston's 1949 Chevrolet Fleetline as it appeared in 1955. This version was restyled by Shanklin's Custom Shop.
The Caribbean version of Frank Livingston's 1949 Chevrolet Fleetline as it appeared in 1956. This version was restyled by Bailon's Custom Shop.
Frank Livingston's 1949 Chevrolet Fleetline as it appeared in 1958. This version featured a third paint job by Pinoli Paint Shop.
Ronald Asal's 1949 Chevrolet convertible of New Britain, Connecticut was restyled around 1956-1958.
Joe Crisafulli's 1949 Ford Convertible as it looked in 1956.
Milton Depuy's 1949 Ford of Cleveland, Ohio was restyled around 1956. Milton's Ford was sectioned 4 inches and fit with a 1951 Ford Victoria top.
George Contaoi's 1949 Oldsmobile fastback of San Bernardino, California. George was a member of the San Bernardino Krankers, and the Olds was restyled in 1955.
Ed Rotzell's SCOLF is a sports custom built by Ed Rotzell of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Built in the early 1950s, the rear end of the SCOLF was inspired by the 1951 GM LeSabre concept car.
Sam Barris' 1950 Buick Sedanette, restyled by Sam Barris of Barris Kustoms, was completed in 1953. The car was built from a burnt out wreck, and Sam used it as his daily driver for about a year.
Tony Alvez' 1950 Cadillac Convertible as it appeared in 1958.
The first version of Santo Vasques' 1950 Chevrolet was completed in 1956.
The second version of Santo Vasques' 1950 Chevrolet was scalloped by Larry Watson in 1957. According to Larry, it was the wildest scallop paint-job he did that year.
Ted Leventhal's 1950 Chevrolet Convertible of Oakland, California was restyled by Emory Robinson's Custom Shop in 1955. Painted in a green iridescent lacquer by Mel Pinoli's Body and Paint Shop, Ted's Chevrolet is known as the first car ever to receive a Candy paint job.
Chuck DeWitt's 1950 Ford Convertible was restyled by Barris Kustoms for Chuck DeWitt in 1953.
Robert Zepke's 1950 Ford Convertible of Hampden, Massachusetts. Robert was a member of the Strokers of Springfield hot rod club.
Roger Cunningham's 1950 Ford Convertible of Portland, Oregon was restyled around 1955/1956.
Phil Macchiarella's 1950 Plymouth four-door of Santa Clara, California was restyled and painted by fellow San Jose Rod and Wheelers member Joe Crisafulli. The first version of the car was completed around 1955/1956.
Carl Szembrot's 1950 Studebaker convertible of Albany, New York was restyled by R. K. Body Works around 1951-1952. The rear end of the car was inspired by the 1951 Gm LeSabre concept car.
Harold Agresti's 1951 Cadillac Series 62 Coupe was restyled in the San Francisco Bay Area around 1956/1957.
Jake Bultsma's 1951 Chevrolet Bel Air was scalloped by Larry Watson in 1956.
Ron Thronson's 1951 Chevrolet Fleetline of Costa Mesa, California was restyled by Branson's Custom Shop in Artesia, California. The build was completed sometime prior to 1957.
Walter Leeman's 1951 Chevrolet Fleetline of East Los Angeles, California was restyled by Walt in the mid 1950s. The first version was completed in 1956.
Don Tubbs' 1951 Ford Victoria of Glendale, California was restyled in 1951.
The Little Jewel is a sport custom built by Garner Jones and Herman Lawhon of Lamesa, Texas. The build was completed in 1953.
Joe Tocchini's 1951 Ford Victoria, The Mystery, won the Custom Car D'Elegance award at the 1958 National Roadster Show. It shared the first place with Bill Carr's 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air, The Aztec.
Joe Crisafulli's 1951 Oldsmobile of San Jose, California. Joe, a founding member of the San Jose Rod and Wheelers car club restyled and painted the car himself late in 1959, while running J & J Auto Painting out of his dad's garage.
Fred Rowe's 1951 Mercury Convertible, of Los Angeles, California was restyled by Barris Kustoms. The build was completed in 1953. A second version of the Merc, restyled in 1954 was featured in the movie Running Wild along with Bob Hirohata's 1951 Mercury.
Ron Dragoo's 1951 Mercury coupe of Long Beach, California was restyled around 1955.
The first version of Charles DeLacy's 1951 Studebaker Starlight Coupe was completed around 1952/1953.
Bob Martin's 1952 Chevrolet Convertible as it appeared in 1956.
Leon Welmas' 1952 Chevrolet Convertible, of Palm Springs, California was originally restyled by Al Andradeas for an unknown owner. Leon bought the under progress custom and completed the build. The top and interior were upholstered by Gaylord's Kustom Shop This version was featured in Rod & Custom April 1954.
Tommy D'Amico's 1952 Chevrolet Convertible of Lynwood, California. Tommy bought the car from Leon Welmas. After buying it, he restyled it further and had Gaylord's Kustom Shop stitch a new interior for it. This is how it appeared in April of 1955.
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Ron Fagundes' 1952 Ford Victoria of Napa, California. Ron's Ford, known as The Ronbardue Kart, was restyled by Barris Kustoms, A-1 Body Work, Hall's Top Shop and Andy Southard. The build was completed in 1958.
Ron Lerdahl's 1952 Ford Victoria of Salt Lake City, Utah as it appeared in the late 1950s.
Emory Bozzani's 1952 Plymouth Sedan was restyled in 1952.
John Bozio's 1953 Buick Roadmaster of East Hartford, Connecticut was restyled between 1956 and 1957.
Wally Troy's 1953 Buick Convertible, The Troy Custom, was built by Wally Troy of Springfield, Illinois. The build was completed in 1954.
Bill Hoffman's 1953 Chevrolet Bel Air of Portland, Oregon as it appeared after it had received a flame paint job by Leroy Teeple in 1959.
Martin S. Papazian's Cordster of Worcester, Massachusetts. The first version of Martin's Cordster was completed in 1953. In 1955 the top was chopped and the car was fit with a widened laydown windshield from an MG. Martin’s objective in building the Cordster was to produce a “Sports Custom” family car. He felt that the two seater sports cars of the day were limited to people that could afford to own two cars, so he set out to create his own.
Larry Cantor's 1953 Ford Club Coupe, of California was restyled by Stylers Custom & Jack's Auto Shop some time between 1955 and 1957.
Royce Blomberg's 1953 Ford was restyled some time between 1955 and 1957.
Bruno and Reino Maki's 1953 Oldsmobile convertible of Fitchburg, Massachusetts was built sometime between 1953 and 1955. Bruno and Reino's father was a Finish immigrant.
Michael Malamphy's 1953 Plymouth Convertible, The Golden Aztec, of Ansonia, Connecticut was restyled around 1958.
Dave Stuckey's 1953 Studebaker pickup of Wichita, Kansas. Dave ran Stuckey Kustom, and the pickup was his personal driver from 1958 to 1960. In 1960 he cut it up.
The first version of Lee Talbot and Sam Chakries' 1953 Studebaker Pickup was completed in 1958.
The Manta Ray was built by Glen Hire and Vernon Antoine of Whittier, California, sometime between 1951 and 1953. Inspiration came from Harley Earl's 1951 GM LeSabre concept car.
Kenneth Kamp's Otter is a fiberglass bodies two-seater built by Kenneth Kamp of Norwood, Ohio. 9 Otters were built, the first one was completed in 1953.
Bob Schremp's 1954 Chevrolet Bel-Air of Norwalk, California was restyled by Branson's Custom Shop in the mid 1950s. In 1956 Bob's Chevrolet received a scallop paint job by Larry Watson. The paint job was done in the driveway of Watson's parents, and it was the first car Watson gave a scallop paint job.
The first version of Duane Steck's 1954 Chevrolet Bel Air, The Moonglow, made its debut in 1956.
The third version of Duane Steck's 1954 Chevrolet Bel Air, The Moonglow, was completed in 1957.
The fifth version of Duane Steck's 1954 Chevrolet Bel Air, The Moonglow, was completed in 1959.
Buzz McLeod's 1954 Ford Convertible of Seattle, Washington. Buzz was a member of the Draggin Sirs of Seattle car club, and the build, named "Little Star" was completed in 1958.
Herb Conway's 1954 Mercury of Lynwood, California. Herb bought the Merc in December of 1954. He had Kinch's Body Shop paint it, before Earl Harman and Dean Jeffries pinstriped it.
Jim Logue's 1954 Ford Convertible, that was completed in 1958, is known as the first car ever using hydraulic lifts from aircraft surplus parts to raise and lower the front and rear suspension.
Martin Srabian and Morris Srabian's 1954 Ford Pickup, The Wild Kat, was completed in 1956. Restyled by Barris Kustoms, the Wild Kat is known as the first vehicle ever to feature quad headlight styling, beating Detroit by two years.
The first version of John Nadzon's 1954 Mercury of Parsippany, New Jersey was restyled by Korky's Kustom Shop in 1957.
Tad Hirai's 1955 Buick Century was restyled in 1957.
Bill Carr's 1955 Chevrolet, The Aztec, won the Custom Car D'Elegance award at the 1958 National Roadster Show. It shared the first place with Joe Tocchini's 1951 Ford Victoria, The Mystery
Stan Makrush's 1955 Chevrolet Convertible of Foxboro, Massachusetts was restyled around 1957/1958. The car is known as the Gypsy.
Bob McNulty's 1955 Chevrolet Corvette as it appeared in 1958.
Bill Burnett's 1955 Ford Crown Victoria was restyled around 1955/1956.
Ralph Stefano's 1955 Lincoln Capri of Pueblo, Colorado was restyled by G&D Body and Paint in the late 1950s.
Dick Gonzales' 1955 Studebaker as it looked in 1957. This version was known as Strawberries and Cream.
Dick Gonzales' 1955 Studebaker as it looked in 1959. This version, painted by Larry Watson, was named the Yellow Pearl.
The first version of Ron Aguirre's 1956 Chevrolet Corvette, The X-Sonic as it looked in 1957 after Ed Roth had painted and pinstriped it for the first time.
This version of Ron Aguirre's 1956 Chevrolet Corvette, The X-Sonic, made its debut at the Disneyland Car Club Day and Autocade, Septermber 5th, 1959.
George Barris' 1956 Continental Mark II was restyled by Barris Kustoms in 1956. The Lincoln was George's personal driver, and he owned it for about a year.
The first version of Don Von Dwingelo's 1956 Ford Thunderbird as it appeared in 1959.
Roy Senior's 1956 Ford Victoria of West Haven, Connecticut was restyled around 1957-1958.
Chuck O'Malley's 1956 Dodge Convertible of Cheltenham, Pennsylvania was restyled at least three times between 1958 and 1963. This is the first version, that made its debut in 1958.
This version of Jack Arnold's 1956 Mercury was completed in 1958.
Leroy Kemmerer's 1956 Mercury of Castro Valley, California. Leroy's Merc, also known as The Jade Idol, was restyled by Gene Winfield of Winfield's Custom Shop. The build was started in 1958, and completed in 1959. The Jade Idol became an instant hit at car shows all over the US, and it was the car that helped Gene gain national recognition as a custom car builder.
Mickey Ellis' 1956 Mercury of Ogden, Utah. Mickey was a member of the Stags of Ogden car club. He bought the Mercury in 1959 so he would have something to drive besides his hopped up fenderless Model A roadster.
Joe Crisafulli's 1956 Oldsmobile of San Jose, California. Joe was a member of the San Jose Rod and Wheelers car club, and the Olds was restyled during the summer of 1957.
Dean Jeffries' 1956 Porsche 356 Carrera of Lynwood, California, was restyled by Dean. He bought the car after selling his 1947 Mercury in 1957. The build was completed around 1958/1959.
John Hychko's 1956 Studebaker Golden Hawk of Waterbury, Connecticut was restyled by John at his Valley Auto Body in 1959.
Jack James' 1957 Buick Special received a flame-paint-job by Larry Watson in 1957.
The first version of Darol Jorgenson's 1957 Chevrolet Corvette was completed in 1957.
Dave Jenkins' 1957 Chevrolet Bel-Air as it appeared in 1958.
Doug Osterman's 1957 DeSoto of San Jose, California. Doug's Desoto was first restyled by Flyer Tabata at Flyers Body Shop in 1959. In 1960 it was taken to Joe Bailon of Bailon Custom Shop for a makeover. This version received one of Bailon's signature Candy Apple Red paint jobs.
Anglo Vacco's 1957 Ford convertible of Hamden, Connecticut was restyled around 1957-1958.
David Rolin's 1957 Ford of Sacramento, California. Dave's Ford was restyled by Dick Bertolucci of Bertolucci Body & Fender Shop and Harris' Body Shop between 1956 and 1958. Later on the same year, the car, named "Tormentor" received a paint job, pinstriping and eventually a scallop paint job by Dick Katayanagi of Katayanagi Custom Paint.
Dick Jackson's 1957 Ford of Compton, California was restyled late in 1956 or early in 1957. Dick, who started out at Barris Kustoms ran his own shop Advanced Custom Paints in Compton, California when the Ford was restyled. Later on in 1957, Dick traded the Ford with Buddy Alcorn for his 1950 Mercury.
George Mitobe's 1957 Ford Ranchero of Artesia, California was restyled by Branson's Custom Shop sometime between 1957 and 1959. Larry Watson of Watson's House of Style applied the scallops and striping.
Jerry DeVito's 1957 Ford Fairlane of San Jose, California. The first version of Jerry's Ford, known as the Maze, was restyled in 1957, featuring custom body work and paint by Wirth's Body Shop, and a scallop paint job by Joe Crisafulli of J & J Auto Painting. Jerry was a member of the San Jose Rod and Wheelers car club.
Jerry DeVito's 1957 Ford Fairlane of San Jose, California. The second version of Jerry's Ford, known as the Maze, was completed in 1958, featuring a radical scallop paint job by Bob Heinrichs.
Jerry DeVito's 1957 Ford Fairlane of San Jose, California. The third version of Jerry's Ford, was completed in 1959. Jerry was a member of the San Jose Rod and Wheelers car club.
The second version of Chuck Burkart's 1958 Chevrolet Impala, featuring a scallop paint job that Joe Crisafulli laid in 1959. Chuck was a member of the San Jose Rod and Wheelers.
Frank Goehring's 1958 Chevrolet Impala was restyled by Joe Crisafulli at Flyers Body Shop of San Jose, California. The build was completed in 1959.
Dick Jackson's 1958 Ford Thunderbird was restyled by Dick in 1958. The car was later sold to Calvin Wiekamp.
Doug Landwer's 1953 Plymouth, of Bakersfield, California was restyled in the late 1950s.
Ralph Lysell's Rally is a Norwegian bubble-top sports car built at Norwegian Aircraft Industries LTD in Oslo, Norway in 1951. The car was meant to be the first production sports car of Norway in the 1950s, but it never made it into production.
Almar Nordhaug's Dream Car was built at the Faroe Islands in the 1950s.
The Road Kings of Burbank car club was established in 1952
The first annual Pasadena Auto Show and Reliability Run was held March 30, 1952 at Victory Park in Pasadena, California.
Lundquist Coach Craft of San Francisco, California was a custom body shop run and operated by Ted Lundquist.
Wall Custom Cars of South Gate, California was a used car dealership specializing in customized cars. Forey and Glen Wall started the dealership in 1955.
The second annual Tacoma Hot Rod Show was held March 2-4, 1956 at the Tacoma Armory in Tacoma, Washington.
The 2nd annual Portland Roadster Show was held October 18 thru 20, 1957 at the Multnomah County Fair Grounds in Gresham, Oregon.
The program for the 4th annual International Motor Sports Show held in Des Moines, Iowa in 1958. The Rod & Custom Magazine’s Dream Truck was featured on the cover, and the truck was one of the main attractions that year. Unfortunatel it never made it to the show as it was wrecked on the way over to the show.
The 4th annual Bearing Busters Rod & Custom Show was held March 15, 1959.
The 1959 Mid-America Auto Spectacular was held October 10-11, 1959 in Topeka, Kansas.


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Contents

Customizing vs Restyling

In 1951, Trend Book 101 Custom Cars was published by Trend, Inc as a result to the growing interest in customized cars. The introduction in the book stated early that restyling and customizing are two things that, like the arts, are better left for the masters. The book defined a custom job as a job that had been custom built, from the ground up as it were and to order. A restyled job was defined as a stock auto that had been altered somewhat from the original design. Therefore, if you were going to customize a car you would practically start from scratch ending up with a hand-built, totally different creation. If you were to restyle a car, you would change the outside appearance, without evolving a drastically-modified car. The terms were often misused, and in order to explain where the restyled car leaves off and a custom job begins, the following definition was explained in the book: "A restyled car can include any or all of the following modifications without actually being a custom job: a bull-nose, a deck job, fadeaways, a new grille, and / or new bumpers. When it gets to chopped tops and channeling, the car would more properly be termed a custom job." With these two terms defined, the purpose of the book was to show readers the latest trends of customized and restyled cars from coast to coast.[1]


West Coast Restyling of the Early 1950s

Common and favored restyling-features on many West Coast custom jobs in the early 1950s included body modifications such as nosing and decking, license plate set on bumper, tail lights set in bumper guards, dual spotlights and fender skirts.


Deck Out

In the early 1950s, "Deck Out" was a term for restyling a car by adding extra ornamentation such as metal sun visors, chrome exhaust stacks, port holes, extra lights forward and aft, fender flaps, extra radio aerials, bumper guards and more accessories you could buy from your local accessory shop. In the other end were motorists that believed in restyling by smoothing off their cars. This process span from simple modifications such as removal of ornamentation, dechroming and sealing of the car to give a port less, louver-less, one piece look to chopping the top or channeling the body over the frame.[1]


Hot Rods of the 1950s

Jim Hill's 1921 Dodge Truck
Larry Neves' 1924 Ford Model T Roadster
Terry Sweem's 1925 Ford Model T Roadster Pickup
Louis Banto and Jack Perre's 1927 Ford Model T Roadster
Louis Banto and Jack Perre's 1927 Ford Model T Roadster
Paul Sylva's 1927 Ford Model T Roadster
Bill Vogt's 1929 Ford Model A
Buzz Pitzen's 1929 Ford Model A Roadster
Carl Fleischmann's 1929 Ford Model A Roadster
Jerry Woodward's 1929 Ford Model-A Roadster - Thunder Rod
Joe Brienza's 1929 Ford Model A Coupe
Richard Peters' 1929 Ford Model A Pickup - The Ala Kart
Cam Snappers of Newburyport's 1930 Ford Model A Roadster
Dick Dean's 1931 Ford Model A Victoria
Al and Dave Tarkanyi's 1932 Ford 3-Window Coupe
Bert Mouron's 1932 Ford Roadster
Bill Kelly's 1932 Ford 3-Window Coupe
Clifford Ambrose's 1932 Ford 5-Window Coupe
Conrad W. Jacobs' 1932 Ford 3-Window Coupe
Danny Schwartz' 1932 Ford 5-Window Coupe
Gordy Kordowsky's 1932 Ford 5-Window Coupe
Howard Leever & Fred Esser's 1932 Ford 3-Window Coupe
Jack Schleich's 1932 Ford 3-Window Coupe
Johnny Bierfeldt's 1932 Ford Roadster
Lew Wolff's 1932 Ford Roadster
Per Røed's 1932 Ford Cabriolet
Bill Martin's 1933 Ford 5-Window Coupe
Joaquin Arnett's 1934 Ford 3-Window Coupe
Joe Brienza's 1934 Ford Convertible - The Brienza Special
Monte Trone's 1933 Ford 3-Window Coupe
Dick Hanson's 1934 Ford 3-Window Coupe
Gil Lippincott's 1934 Ford Tudor
Walter Leeman's 1934 Ford 5-Window Coupe
Tore Tømmerås' 1935 Ford 5-Window Coupe
Ed Roth's Outlaw


Custom Cars of the 1950s

John Patterson's 1934 Ford Convertible
Bruce Rosengren's 1936 Ford Cabriolet
Hank Fournier's 1936 Ford 5-Window Coupe
Joe Brienza's 1936 Ford 3-Window Coupe
Rich Vachata's 1936 Ford Convertible
Glenn Johnson's 1937 Ford Coupe
Doug Osterman's 1937 Plymouth Coupe
Ken Costello's 1939 Ford Coupe
Bob Brown's 1940 Ford Coupe
Dick Brooks' 1940 Ford Convertible
Paul McGill's 1940 Ford Convertible
Nick Dunkavich's 1940 Hupmobile Roadster
Mel Lehman's 1940 Mercury 4-Door Sedan
Nick Matranga's 1940 Mercury
Frank Monteleone's 1941 Ford
Harry Costa's 1941 Ford Convertible
Jack Stewart's 1941 Ford Coupe
Joe Urritta's 1941 Ford
John Sak's Second 1941 Ford Convertible
Jack Telnack's 1941 Mercury Convertible
Bud Unger's 1946 Ford Convertible
Bob Hoshiko's 1946 Mercury
Tony Sestito's 1947 Cadillac Convertible
Sam Gates' 1947 Ford Club Coupe
Jerry Berg's 1947 Mercury Convertible
Tommy Thornburgh's 1947 Studebaker
Carl Abajian's 1949 Chevrolet Convertible
Dick Ward's 1949 Chevrolet
Frank Livingston's 1949 Chevrolet Fleetline - The Caribbean
Harold Johnson's 1949 Chevrolet
Ronald Asal's 1949 Chevrolet Convertible
Arvi Hänninen's 1949 Checker Coupe
Bill Irwin's 1949 Ford Convertible
Buster Litton's 1949 Ford
Chas Haggert's 1949 Ford Convertible
Joe Crisafulli's 1949 Ford Convertible
John W. Britton's 1949 Ford
Michael Violante's 1949 Ford Convertible
Milton Depuy's 1949 Ford
Ray Duckworth's 1949 Ford Club Coupe
Duane Aspengren's 1949 Hudson - Night Train
George Contaoi's 1949 Oldsmobile Fastback
Sam Barris' 1950 Buick Sedanette
Tony Alvez' 1950 Cadillac Convertible
Dave Jenkins' 1950 Chevrolet
Helen Manning's 1950 Chevrolet Fleetline
Howard Buysman's 1950 Chevrolet
Jim Musick's 1950 Chevrolet Bel Air
Santo Vasques' 1950 Chevrolet
Ted Leventhal's 1950 Chevrolet Convertible
Al Twitchell's 1950 Ford Convertible
Chuck DeWitt's 1950 Ford Convertible
Don Bliss' 1950 Ford Convertible
Pete Millino's 1950 Ford Convertible
Robert Zepke's 1950 Ford Convertible
Buddy Alcorn's 1950 Mercury
Don Pulford's 1950 Mercury
Gene Strieter's 1950 Mercury
Ralph Testa's 1950 Mercury
Sonny Morris' 1950 Mercury
Wally Welch's 1950 Mercury
Jack Stewart's 1950 Oldsmobile - The Polynesian
Mel Gerrard's 1950 Oldsmobile 88
Phil Macchiarella's 1950 Plymouth four-door
Carl Szembrot's 1950 Studebaker Convertible
Harold Agresti's 1951 Cadillac Series 62 Coupe
Jake Bultsma's 1951 Chevrolet Bel Air
Jerry Sahagon's 1951 Chevrolet Club Coupe
Ross Barnes' 1951 Chevrolet
Walter Leeman's 1951 Chevrolet Fleetline
Don Tubbs' 1951 Ford Victoria
Joe Tocchini's 1951 Ford Victoria - The Mystery
Pete Chiello's 1951 Ford Victoria
Bill Wolfe’s 1951 Mercury
Ron Dragoo's 1951 Mercury Coupe
Chuck Sanders' 1951 Oldsmobile - The Black Panther
Frank Airheart's 1951 Oldsmobile 98 Convertible
Joe Crisafulli's 1951 Oldsmobile
Charles DeLacy's 1951 Studebaker Starlight Coupe
Bob Martin's 1952 Chevrolet Convertible
Leon Welmas' 1952 Chevrolet Convertible
Tommy D'Amico's 1952 Chevrolet Convertible
Al Twitchell's 1952 Ford Station Wagon
Larry Ernst's 1952 Ford - Pharaoh's Pacer
Ron Fagundes' 1952 Ford Victoria - The Ronbardue Kart
Ron Lerdahl's 1952 Ford Convertible
Ron Lerdahl's 1952 Ford Victoria
Don Stone's 1952 Oldsmobile 88 Convertible
Jack Nethercutt's 1952 Oldsmobile - The Viennese
Emory Bozzani's 1952 Plymouth Sedan
1952 Spohn Palos
Anthony Heinsbergen's Muntz
John Bozio's 1953 Buick Roadmaster
Wally Troy's 1953 Buick - The Troy Custom
Bill Hoffman's 1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
Frank and Charles Gilardone's 1953 Ford
Hayward Mendenhall's 1953 Ford Pickup
Larry Cantor's 1953 Ford Club Coupe
Royce Blomberg's 1953 Ford
W. H. Sees' 1953 Mercury
Bruno and Reino Maki's 1953 Oldsmobile Convertible
Doug Landwer's 1953 Plymouth
Michael Malamphy's 1953 Plymouth Convertible - The Golden Aztec
Lee Talbot and Sam Chakries' 1953 Studebaker Pickup
Bob Schremp's 1954 Chevrolet Bel-Air
Duane Steck's 1954 Chevrolet - The Moonglow
Gerald Twamley's 1954 Chevrolet
Louie Gaulrapp's 1954 Chevrolet
Andy Belusko's 1954 Ford
Buzz McLeod's 1954 Ford Convertible
Jim Logue's 1954 Ford Convertible
Martin Srabian and Morris Srabian's 1954 Ford Pickup - The Wild Kat
Ralph Ehorn's 1954 Ford F-100
Bobby Yamazaki's 1954 Mercury
Butch Flobeck's 1954 Mercury
Herb Conway's 1954 Mercury
John Nadzon's 1954 Mercury - The Mysterian
Tad Hirai's 1955 Buick Century
Bill Carr's 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air - The Aztec
Bob McNulty's 1955 Chevrolet Corvette
Sharon Warner's 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
Stan Makrush's 1955 Chevrolet Convertible
Tom McNamara's 1955 Chevrolet
Bill Burnett's 1955 Ford Crown Victoria
Bob Palmer's 1955 Ford Thunderbird - The Golden Bird
Joe Cirimele's 1955 Ford
Dick Gonzales' 1955 Studebaker
Eric Bracher's 1956 Chevrolet
Helen Avila's 1956 Chevrolet - She Devil
Jim Doss' 1956 Chevrolet
Lenny Macchiarella's 1956 Chevrolet Pickup
Ron Aguirre's 1956 Chevrolet Corvette - The X-Sonic
Ron Luchs' 1956 Chevrolet 150 Sedan - Miss Taboo
George Barris' 1956 Continental Mark II
Chuck O'Malley's 1956 Dodge
Larry DeLuca's 1956 Ford F-100
Don Von Dwingelo's 1956 Ford Thunderbird
Roy Senior's 1956 Ford Victoria
Jack Arnold's 1956 Mercury
Leroy Kemmerer's 1956 Mercury - The Jade Idol
Mickey Ellis' 1956 Mercury
Joe Crisafulli's 1956 Oldsmobile
Ken Sowers' 1956 Plymouth
Dean Jeffries' 1956 Porsche 356 Carrera
John Hychko's 1956 Studebaker Golden Hawk - The Polynesian
Bob Palladino's 1957 Buick Century - The Candy Wagon
Jack James' 1957 Buick Special
Carl Swenson's 1957 Chevrolet
Darol Jorgenson's 1957 Chevrolet Corvette
Dave Jenkins' 1957 Chevrolet Bel-Air
Doug Osterman's 1957 DeSoto
Harry Okuda's 1957 Dodge
Anglo Vacco's 1957 Ford Convertible
David Rolin's 1957 Ford - The Tormentor
Dick Jackson's 1957 Ford
George Mitobe's 1957 Ford Ranchero
Jerry DeVito's 1957 Ford Fairlane - The Maze
Chuck Burkart's 1958 Chevrolet Impala
Frank Goehring's 1958 Chevrolet Impala
Phil Sowa's 1958 Chevrolet Impala
Dick Jackson's 1958 Ford Thunderbird
Ed Biggs' 1959 Chevrolet El Camino


Sport Customs of the 1950s

The Donz Lancer
Ed Rotzell's SCOLF
Garner Jones' 1951 Ford Sport Custom - The Little Jewel
The Manta Ray
Martin S. Papazian's Cordster


Dream Cars of the 1950s

Ralph Lysell's Rally
Almar Nordhaug's Dream Car
Kenneth Kamp's Otter


Custom, Body, Paint and Repair Shops of the 1950s

A-1 Body Work
Advanced Custom Paints
Alexander Brothers
Bailon's Custom Shop
Barris Kustoms
Bertolucci Body & Fender Shop
Bill Babb's Custom Shop
Bob's Body Shop
Branson's Custom Shop
Clayton Metal Shop
Cotton's Paint & Body Shop
Don's Body Shop
Donz Custom Shop
Flyers Body Shop
Heinrichs Auto
Jerry's Auto Body
Joe Andersen's Custom Shop
J & J Auto Painting
Katayanagi Custom Paint
Korky's Kustom Shop
Lundquist Coach Craft
Neal McCarn Auto Body
Noble Paint & Body Shop
Pat's Auto Body
Pinoli Paint Shop
R. K. Body Works
Shanklin's Custom Shop
Spohn Coachworks
Star Kustom Shop
Stuckey Kustom
Unger Auto Body Company
Valley Auto Body
Valley Custom Shop
Wally's Garage
Winfield's Custom Shop
Wreck-Nu Collision


Custom Car and Hot Rod Shows of the 1950s

Bearing Busters Rod & Custom Show
Hot Rod & Custom Car World's Fair
Indianapolis Custom Auto Show
International Motor Sports Show
Oakland Roadster Show
Mid-America Auto Spectacular
Pasadena Auto Show and Reliability Run
Portland Roadster Show
Speedorama Auto Sports Show
Tacoma Hot Rod Show


Speed Shops of the 1950s

Bill Frick Motors
Stewart Speed Automotive


Upholstery Shops and Upholsterers of the 1950s

Dukes & Duchess Trim Shop
Fremont Trim Shop
Hall Upholstery
Harold Block
Joe's Auto Trim Shop
Kay Seat Covers
L & L Upholstery Shop of Glendale
Pacific Custom Upholstery
San Leandro Seat Cover Center
Temme Top & Trim


Pinstripers of the 1950s

Andy Southard
Dean Jeffries
Dick Katayanagi
Ed Roth
Pat Eskibar
Von Dutch
Walt Prey
Walter Leeman


Custom Car Dealerships of the 1950s

Wall Custom Cars


Custom Car and Hot Rod Clubs of the 1950s

Aces
Adaptors of Hartford
Ann Arbor Timing Association
Avenue Angels
Bay Buggies
Bean Bandits
Bearing Busters of Berwyn
Blue Hills Road Runners
Carbs of Hartford
Cam Snappers of Newburyport
Cams of Connecticut
Clusters of Grays Harbor
Cut-Outs of Long Beach
Davenport Idlers
Dearborn Custom Auto Club
Downriver Modified
Downshifters of Westport
Draggin Sirs of Seattle
Glendale Esquires
Haulin' Gents
Headers of West Hartford
Hot Heads of East Hartford
Iowa Sinners
Long Beach Renegades
Long Beach Searchers
Lords of Wilmington
Motor Masters
Motor Mounts of Bloomfield
North Bay Rodsters
Norwalk Coachmen
Oakland Swanx
Road Kings of Burbank
Rock Island Piston Pushers
San Jose Igniters
San Jose Rod and Wheelers
Saints of Sydney
Squires of Chatham
Stags of Ogden
Strokers of Springfield
Swanx of Oakland


Racing and Timing Associations of the 1950s

Kansas City Timing Association
Nebraska Hot Rod Racing Association
Southern California Timing Association


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Trend Book 101 Custom Cars




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