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Carl Fleischmann's 1929 Ford Model A Roadster of Glendale, California was completed in 1953. The build took six years.
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.
Rene J. Leonhard's 1938 Chevrolet Business Coupe of Corpus Christi, Texas was built by its owner, and completed in 1953.
Frank Layman's 1948 Packard convertible of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Frank ran a body shop in Pittsburgh named Frank's Garage. The Packard was his personal driver, and it was restyled in 1953.
Buster Litton's 1949 Ford as it appeared in the souvenir program for the 1953 Motorama.
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.
Chuck DeWitt's 1950 Ford Convertible was restyled by Barris Kustoms for Chuck DeWitt in 1953.
Merton Peterson's 1950 Ford of San Diego, California was restyled by Carrol "Red Eye" Gentry of Styler's Custom Shop. The build was completed in 1953.
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.
Don Stone's 1952 Oldsmobile 88 Convertible, of San Francisco, California was built by Ted Lundquist of Lundquist Coach Craft in the winter of 1953/1954
The Little Jewel is a sport custom built by Garner Jones and Herman Lawhon of Lamesa, Texas. The build was completed in 1953.
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.
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.
The LeBlanc Special is a twin-Hemi streamliner designed by Eugene LeBlanc of Cupertino, California. The build was completed in 1953, and Gene ran it on Bonneville in 1953, 1954 and 1955.

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Cars Restyled, Built or Completed in 1953

Carl Fleischmann's 1929 Ford Model A Roadster
Sonny Mazza's 1930 Ford Roadster
Bert Mouron's 1932 Ford Roadster
Rene J. Leonhard's 1938 Chevrolet Business Coupe
Doug Rice's 1939 Ford Coupe
Tony Sestito's 1947 Cadillac Convertible
Frank Layman's 1948 Packard Convertible
Buster Litton's 1949 Ford
Sam Barris' 1950 Buick Sedanette
Chuck DeWitt's 1950 Ford Convertible
Merton Peterson's 1950 Ford
Frank Sonzogni's 1950 Mercury
Jack Stewart's 1950 Oldsmobile - The Polynesian
Fred Rowe's 1951 Mercury Convertible
Don Stone's 1952 Oldsmobile 88 Convertible
Jack Nethercutt's 1952 Oldsmobile - The Viennese
Gil Ayala's 1951 GMC Truck
Garner Jones' 1951 Ford Sport Custom - The Little Jewel
Ron Wyman's 1952 Ford Ranchero
Martin S. Papazian's Cordster
Kenneth Kamp's Otter
The LeBlanc Special


Custom Car and Hot Rod Clus Established in 1953

Norwalk Coachmen


Custom and Hot Rod Shows of 1953

Indianapolis Custom Auto Show





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