1958

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Per Røed's 1932 Ford Cabriolet as it appeared in 1958. Per's cabriolet is considered one of the first hot rods of Norway.
Peter Billing's 1932 Ford Cabriolet was built in Lidingö, Sweden in 1958.
Jerry Berg's 1934 Ford 3-Window Coupe, of Seattle, Washington was built between 1956 and 1958. Jerrys coupe is also known as The Northern Star.
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.
Larry Sanford's 1940 Mercury 4-door Convertible
Frank Livingston's 1949 Chevrolet Fleetline, The Caribbean as it appeared in 1958. New for the year was the two-tone green scallops by Mel Pinoli.
Tony Alvez' 1950 Cadillac Convertible as it appeared in 1958
Paul Vona's 1950 Oldsmobile coupe of Salinas, California. Paul was a very talented customizer, pinstriper, and custom painter. He bought the Olds at age 19 in 1957, and he spent the next few months turning it into his dream custom. The scallopesd version of Paul's Olds was featured on the cover of Custom Rodder October 1958.
Ross Barnes' 1951 Chevrolet of Lynwood, California as it appeared in 1958.
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.
Bill Wolfe’s 1951 Mercury was restyled by Winfield's Custom Shop over a 2 years period. This is how it looked in 1958
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Butch Flobeck's 1954 Mercury of Piedmont, New York made its debut in 1958.
Bob McNulty's 1955 Chevrolet Corvette as it appeared in 1958.
Stan Makrush's 1955 Chevrolet Convertible of Foxboro, Massachusetts was restyled around 1957/1958. The car is known as the Gypsy.
Jerry Drake's 1955 Ford Fairlane of Lansing, Michigan was restyled by Ed Blaisdell of Blaisdell Body Shop. Jerry is a well known Michigan pinstriper that operated under the name "Spider the Crazy Painter." He bought the Ford, known as "India Ivory" in 1957, and it went through several modifications between 1957 and 1959. The India Ivory version was completed in 1958.
Helen Avila's 1956 Chevrolet, She Devil, as it appeared in 1958.
Jack Arnold's 1956 Mercury was completed in 1958. Jack horse-traded a set of Appleton spotlights for the Larry Watson paint job.
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.
The second version of Darol Jorgenson's 1957 Chevrolet Corvette was completed in 1958
Dave Jenkins' 1957 Chevrolet Bel-Air as it appeared in 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.
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 was a member of the San Jose Rod and Wheelers car club.
Phil Sowa's 1958 Chevrolet Impala of Fall River, Massachusetts was restyled in 1958.
Dick Jackson's 1958 Ford Thunderbird was restyled in 1958. The car was later sold to Calvin Wiekamp.
The Rod & Custom Magazine’s Dream Truck was crashed 15-20 miles shy of Pratt, Kansas Ocotber 21, 1958 on the way to the 4th annual International Motor Sports Show in Des Moines, Iowa where it was one of the main attractions.
The 8th annual Hartford Autorama was held February 19 - 23, 1958 at the State Armory in Hartford, Connecticut.
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. Unfortunately it never made it to the show as it was wrecked on the way over to the show.

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By 1958, George Barris of Barris Kustoms and Joe Bailon of Bailon's Custom Shop were known as the two greatest custom car builders of the West. At the ninth annual National Roadster Show in February, both shops entered two radical and futuristic custom cars. Barris Kustoms displayed Bill Carr's 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air, better known as the Aztec, and Joe Bailon displayed Joe Tocchini's 1951 Ford Victoria, better known as the Mystery. Their matched skills resulted in a tie in class, and both cars won the Custom Car D'Elegance award.[1]


The Rod & Custom Magazine’s Dream Truck was crashed in Des Moines, Iowa in 1958.


Contents

Hot Rods Built or Completed in 1958

Richard Peters' 1929 Ford Model A Pickup - The Ala Kart
Karl Zipf's 1930 Ford Coupe
Per Røed's 1932 Ford Cabriolet
Peter Billing's 1932 Ford Cabriolet
Joe Brienza's 1934 Ford Convertible - The Brienza Special
Walter Leeman's 1934 Ford 5-Window Coupe


Custom Cars Restyled or Completed in 1958

Larry Sanford's 1940 Mercury 4-door Convertible
Frank Livingston's 1949 Chevrolet Fleetline - The Caribbean
Tony Alvez' 1950 Cadillac Convertible
Paul Vona's 1950 Oldsmobile Coupe
Ross Barnes' 1951 Chevrolet
Joe Tocchini's 1951 Ford Victoria - The Mystery
Bill Wolfe’s 1951 Mercury
Don Hurley's 1951 Oldsmobile 88 - The Kopper Dust
Ron Fagundes' 1952 Ford Victoria - The Ronbardue Kart
Ron Lerdahl's 1952 Ford Convertible
Bill Hoffman's 1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
Lee Talbot and Sam Chakries' 1953 Studebaker Pickup
Buzz McLeod's 1954 Ford Convertible - Little Star
Jim Logue's 1954 Ford Convertible
Butch Flobeck's 1954 Mercury
Bill Carr's 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air - The Aztec
Bob McNulty's 1955 Chevrolet Corvette
Stan Makrush's 1955 Chevrolet Convertible
Art Guglielmi's 1955 Ford Victoria
Jerry Drake's 1955 Ford Fairlane - India Ivory
Helen Avila's 1956 Chevrolet - She Devil
Jack Arnold's 1956 Mercury
Chuck O'Malley's 1956 Dodge
Ken Sowers' 1956 Plymouth
Carl Swenson's 1957 Chevrolet
Darol Jorgenson's 1957 Chevrolet Corvette
Dave Jenkins' 1957 Chevrolet Bel-Air
David Rolin's 1957 Ford - The Tormentor
Jerry DeVito's 1957 Ford Fairlane - The Maze
Phil Sowa's 1958 Chevrolet Impala
Dick Jackson's 1958 Ford Thunderbird


Hot Rod and Custom Car Shows Held in 1958

Hartford Autorama
Hot Rod & Custom Car World's Fair
Sacramento Autorama


Hot Rod and Custom Car Clubs Established in 1958

Saints of Sydney


References

  1. Oakland Tribune, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 1958



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