1959

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Ed Roth's Outlaw was Ed'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.
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.
Bosse Ericsson's 1932 Ford Roadster of Norrtälje in Stockholm, Sweden. Built in 1959, Bosse's Ford was one of the first hot rods in Sweden to run a Chevrolet V8 engine.
Danny Schwartz' 1932 Ford 5-Window coupe, of Campbell, California, as it appeared in 1959.
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.
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.
Jon R. Ford's 1940 Ford convertible of La Porte, Indiana. The Ford was Jon's first car, and he got it in 1957 when he was 13 years old. The build was completed sometime between 1957 and 1959.
Maximilian King's 1940 Mercury convertible of Morristown, New Jersey was first restyled by Meekers Body Shop in 1946. In 1959 Korky's Kustom Shop restyled the car further for current owner Ray Henyon.
Lloyd Myers' 1949 Mercury convertible of San Jose, California. Lloyd was a member of the San Jose Rod and Wheelers car club. The Merc was completed in 1959.
Richard Gregg's 1950 Ford Pickup of Sacramento, California. Restyled by Richard at Rick's Body Shop, the build was started in 1958 and completed early in 1959. The car was shown as "the Capri."
Vern LaCoursiere's 1950 Ford convertible of Tacoma, Washington. Vern was a member of the Tacoma Toppers. The Ford was his second car. Restyled in 1959, all work was done by Vern when he was 21 years old.
Leo Lyons' Ultra Modern Merc of San Bernardino, California. The build was started in 1950, and completed in the Summer of 1959. Leo wanted to do something different. He wanted to build a custom car mostly from scratch. His initial plans called for building 10 identical custom Mercs, but only one, the prototype, was ever built.
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.
Ken Foress' 1952 Mercury Convertible of Lansing, Michigan. In 1959 local pinstriper and custom painter Jerry Drake, aka Spider the Crazy Painter, gave the car a flame paint job at Cooper Body Shop.
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.
The fifth version of Duane Steck's 1954 Chevrolet Bel Air, The Moonglow, was completed in 1959.
Sy Gregorich's 1955 Ford Crown Victoria - The Victorian of Detroit, Michigan was restyled by the Alexander Brothers, and was first completed in 1959.
Dick Gonzales' 1955 Studebaker as it looked in 1959. This version, painted by Larry Watson, was known as the Yellow Pearl.
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.
The first version of Don Von Dwingelo's 1956 Ford Thunderbird as it appeared in 1959.
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.
John Hychko's 1956 Studebaker Golden Hawk of Waterbury, Connecticut was restyled by John at his Valley Auto Body in 1959.
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.
Bob Turgeon's 1957 Ford Thunderbird, "Le Perle", was restyled by Darry Starbird at Star Kustom Shop. The build was completed in 1959. It won the Sweepstakes and Top Custom Shop Achievement Awards at the NHRA National Championship Custom Car Show in Detroit. The win swept Darryl into national prominence and made him a definite figure to be reckoned with in future championship shows.
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.
Ed Biggs' 1959 Chevrolet El Camino of Davenport, Iowa. Ed, who was a member of the Idlers of Davenport car club, had Joe Andersen of Joe Andersen's Custom Shop panel paint the car in June of 1959.
The 4th annual Bearing Busters Rod & Custom Show was held March 15, 1959.
The 1959 Pasadena Motor Pageant was held April 23 - 26, 1959 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, Calfiornia.
The 3rd annual Krankers Motor Revue 1959 was held on June 13th and 14th 1959 at the Commercial Exhibits Building at the National Orange Show Grounds, San Bernardino, California.
The 1959 Mid-America Auto Spectacular was held October 10-11, 1959 in Topeka, Kansas.


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Contents

Hot Rods Built or Completed in 1959

Ed Roth's Outlaw
Buzz Pitzen's 1929 Ford Model A Roadster
Bosse Ericsson's 1932 Ford Roadster


Custom Cars Restyled or Completed In 1959

Rich Vachata's 1936 Ford Convertible
Doug Osterman's 1937 Plymouth Coupe
Ken Costello's 1939 Ford Coupe
Maximilian King's 1940 Mercury Convertible
Arthur Bentas' Raven
Lloyd Myers' 1949 Mercury Convertible
Richard Gregg's 1950 Ford Pickup - The Capri
Vern LaCoursiere's 1950 Ford Convertible
Leo Lyons' Ultra Modern Merc
Howard Tirban’s 1951 Chevrolet - “Lil’ Bitty Pretty One
Joe Crisafulli's 1951 Oldsmobile
Ken Foress' 1952 Mercury Convertible
Bill Hoffman's 1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
Duane Steck's 1954 Chevrolet - The Moonglow
Sy Gregorich's 1955 Ford Crown Victoria - The Victorian
Dick Gonzales' 1955 Studebaker
Ron Luchs' 1956 Chevrolet 150 Sedan - Miss Taboo
Grant Langseth's 1956 Dodge
Don Von Dwingelo's 1956 Ford Thunderbird
Leroy Kemmerer's 1956 Mercury - The Jade Idol
Mickey Ellis' 1956 Mercury
John Hychko's 1956 Studebaker Golden Hawk - The Polynesian
Bob Turgeon's 1957 Ford Thunderbird - "Le Perle"
Doug Osterman's 1957 DeSoto
Jerry DeVito's 1957 Ford Fairlane - The Maze
Russ Edgers' 1957 Ford Convertible
Chuck Burkart's 1958 Chevrolet Impala
Frank Goehring's 1958 Chevrolet Impala
Ray Strappazon's 1958 Chevrolet Impala
Ed Biggs' 1959 Chevrolet El Camino


Hot Rod and Custom Car Shows of 1959

November:
11.26 thru 11.29. 1959 - Bakersfield Motor & Boat Show at the Kern County Fair Grounds in Bakersfield, California


October:
10.10 thru 10.11.1959 - Mid-America Auto Spectacular in Topeka, Kansas


June
06.13 thru 06.14. 1959 - The third annual Krankers Motor Revue was held at the Commercial Exhibits Building at the National Orange Show Grounds, San Bernardino, California.


May:
05.01 thru 05.03.1959 - The 1st annual San Luis Obispo Motor Show at the National Guard Armory in San Luis Obispo, California.


April:
04.23 thru 04.26.1959 - Pasadena Motor Pageant at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, Calfiornia.


March:
03.15.1959 - Bearing Busters Rod & Custom Show


Hot Rod and Custom Car Clubs Established in 1959

Ty-Rods of Rockville






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